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B> This book presents a completely new and innovative approach to the Web that is tailored to individual users' needs, as opposed to simply studying tools that are used on the Web. It is designed around important issues that all users of the World Wide Web need to know to take full advantage of its power. Upon using this book, readers will be familiar with: protecting themselves on the Internet by studying potential consequences, including legal ramifications and technical and personal complications; selecting the mail software that best suits their needs, and then using the best options and techniques for managing the vast amounts of mail that will follow; how to quickly and accurately access the best information on the Internet through effective search techniques; determining the value of Virtual Communities on the Web, and mastering the software options that are of value when a part of Virtual Communities (i.e. mail digests, listerv commands, Usenet display options, and kill files); creating Web Pages, both with a minimal knowledge of HTML in combination with key tools, or with HTML and JavaScript, in order to create good-looking Web pages; how to locate software worth having, and how to safely download and install software while protecting themselves from computer viruses, as well as understanding the most commonly used file formats, file utilities, file archives, self-extracting files, installers, and uninstallers; how to make their browser take full advantage of multimedia Web sites, including use of audio and video files, creating a music library, burning their own music CDs, putting photos and sounds on their Web pages, and expanding their bandwidth withoutshrinking their wallets; how to make the most out of e-commerce, including comparison shopping, safe use of credit cards online, protecting themselves in an online auction, and the privacy trade-offs and prospective pitfalls of shopping in the online world; how to encrypt their online communication to ensure privacy; and how to coordinate their Internet access from multiple points-of-access, including Telnet and FTP. This book is right for anyone who wants enhance their Web experience, from novice surfers to experienced programmers.
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This smart work covers the basics of computers, networking, and Web page construction for those new to the Internet, but also goes on to advanced topics, clearly identified as "above and beyond," for readers who want to dig deeper. Lehnert (computer science, U. of Massachusetts at Amherst) aims the book at undergraduates, using a breezy style and a structure that enables readers to skip right to the information they're most interested in. In addition to computer and Web basics, thorough chapters focus on safety online (such as avoiding viruses and hoaxes); e-mail management; finding information; virtual communities; software downloads; power tools like browser plug-ins and cookie managers; e-commerce; and encryption. At a companion Web site, the author says URLs mentioned in the text will continue to be updated as needed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201704747
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 3.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1. First Things First.
Taking Charge.
Computer Basics.
Units of Memory.
Speed and Bottlenecks.
What is the Internet?
Host Machines and Host Names.
The Client/Server Software Model.
The World Wide Web and Web Browsers.
How to Get Online.
Browser Tips and Tricks.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
First Things First: Above and Beyond.
A Little History.
How Fast Are Different Internet Connections?
How Is Data Sent over the Internet?
How Does File Compression Work?
Is Hypertext Changing the Way We Read?

Problems and Exercises.

2. Personal Safety Online.
Taking Charge.
Acceptable Use Policies.
Password Security.
Viruses, Trojans, and Worms.
E-mail Viruses.
Shopping Online.
Protecting Your Privacy.
Internet Scams.
Online Auctions.
Libel and Lawsuits.
Threats and Harassment.
Software Piracy and Copyright Infringements.
Pornography and Other Lapses in Good Taste.
Hoaxes and Legends.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Personal Safety Online: Above and Beyond.
The No Electronic Theft Act of 1997.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
Notice and Consent Policies.
How Cookies Work.
Privacy, Digital Records, and Commercial Interests.
Broadband Risks and Remedies.
Hackers, Phreaks, and Script Kiddies.

Problems and Exercises.

3. E-mail Management.
Taking Charge.
Basic Client Operations.
Anatomy of an E-mail Message.
What to Expect from Your Mail Program.
Viewing Your Inbox.
Viewing Individual Mail Messages.
Sending a New Mail Message.
Replying to and Forwarding E-mail.

MIME Attachments and HTML-Enabled Clients.
E-mail Netiquette and Netspeak.
SMTP and Mail Servers.
HTTP, POP and IMAP.
Filtering and Routing.
Web-Based Mail Accounts.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
E-mail Management: Above and Beyond.
Trouble in Paradise (SPAM).
How to Fight Back.
Managing Multiple Mail Accounts.
Conquering Raggy Text.
Uuencoded Mail.

Problems and Exercises.

4. Basic Web Page Construction.
Taking Charge.
Web Page HTML Elements.
What Is HTML?
Editing HTML Files.

Basic Web Page Formatting.
Add a Heading.
Add a List.
Type Fonts and Type Styles.

Basic Web Page Graphics.
Image Files.
Add an Image.
Aligning and Scaling an Image.
Transparent GIFs.
Images for Web Page Backgrounds.

Three Types of HyperLinks.
Absolute URLs.
Relative URLs.
Named Anchors.
Testing Your Hyperlinks.

Page Layouts with Tables.
Create Borders.
Create Margins.
Organize Graphical Elements.

Navigation Maps with Frames.
A Web Site Construction Checkist.
The Three C's of Web Page Design.
Avoid Mistakes You've Seen Others Make.
Check Your Pages Before You Install Them.
Use Effective Web Page Titles.
Keep Download Times Short.
Make Your Pages Portable.
State-of-the-Art or Maximal Access?

Installing Web Pages on a Web Server.
0.Copyright Law and the Web.
Copyright Basics.
What's Protected?
Personal Use.
Publishing on the Web.
Fair Use Guidelines.
Copyright Law in a Digital Era.

Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Basic Web Page Construction: Above and Beyond.
Graphics and Download Times.
Audio Files for the Web.
Copyright Guidelines for Multimedia Projects.
HTML Editors and Web Page Construction Tools.
How To Increase Your Web Page Hit Counts.
Browser-Specific Extensions and Page Testing.

Problems and Exercises.

5. Advanced Web Page Construction.
Taking Charge.
Client-side Image Maps.
Step 1: Loading an Image File.
Step 2: Mapping the Hotzones.
Step 3: Installing the Image Map.

Mouseovers and Javascript.
Java Applets.
Data-Driven Web Pages.
Web Site Maintainence Tools.
Link Checkers.
Site Mappers.

Site Construction Kits.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Advanced Web Page Construction: Above and Beyond.
Image Processing Utilities.
CGI Scripts.
How Far Can You Go Without Programming?

Problems and Exercises.

6. Find What You Want ñ Fast!
Taking Charge.
Subject Trees and Clearinghouses.
Yahoo!
About.com.
Open Directory Project.
Clearinghouses.

General Search Engines and Meta Search Engines.
Successive Query Refinement.
Fuzzy Queries.
Using Term Counts.
Boolean Queries.

Advanced Search Options.
Specialized Search Engines.
Intelligent Agents and Search Bots.
Using Push Technologies.
Assessing Credibility on the Web.
Author Credibility.
Accurate Writing and Documentation.
Objectivity.
Stability of Web Pages.
Fraudulent Web Pages.

Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Find What You Want ñ Fast!: Above and Beyond.
Useful Information Retrieval Concepts.
Search Engine Web Coverage.

Problems and Exercises.

7. Joining a Virtual Community.
Taking Charge.
Mailing Lists.
Subscribing to Mailing Lists.
Some Great Mailing Lists.
Mailing List Netiquette.
Netspeak.

Web-Based Discussions Groups.
Yahoo! Message Boards.
Create Your Own Discussion Group.

Usenet Newsgroups.
Reading Usenet with a Newsreader.
Three Levels of Usenet.
Posting and Saving Messages.
Keeping Track of Messages.
Subscribing and Unsubscribing.
Adding Signature Files.
Cross-Posting Queries and Messages.
Killing Articles.
Experiment First.
Usenet Newsreaders vs. Usenet on the Web.

How to Find Mailing Lists and Newsgroups.
Internet Relay Chat, Web Page Chat, and Instant Messaging.
IRC Chat.
Web-Based Chat.
Instant Messaging.

The Psychology of Chat Rooms.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Joining a Virtual Community: Above and Beyond.
Censorship on the Internet.
CancelMoose and NoCem.
Privacy Safeguards.
Internet Telephony.
Protecting Children.

Problems and Exercises.

8. Software on the Internet.
Taking Charge.
Trouble-Free Downloads.
Virus Protection.
Installation Tips.
Executable Installers.
Ready-to-Go Executables.
Zipped File Archives.
Self-Extracting Archives.
ActiveX Installers.

File Utilities.
Software Clearinghouses.
FTP Software Archives.
Managing Your Software.
Finding Good Software Reviews.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Software on the Internet: Above and Beyond.
Software Licenses.
Open Source Software.
Trojan Horses.

Problems and Exercises.

9. Power Tools for the Internet.
Taking Charge.
Applications: Helpers, Plug-ins, and Add-ons.
Web Accelerators.
Ad Filters.
Download Managers.
Password Managers.
Desktop Portals.
Alternative Web Browsers.
FTP Power Features.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Power Tools for the Internet: Above and Beyond.
Cookie Managers.
Firewalls.
Net Monitors.
Telnet Clients.

Problems and Exercises.

10. E-Commerce.
Taking Charge.
Online Shopping Risks and Safeguards.
Secure Servers and Secure Web Pages.
Digital Certificates and Trusted Agents.
Commercial Sites and Self-Regulation.
Online Auctions.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
E-Commerce: Above and Beyond.
E-Commerce, National Security, and Hackers.
Digital Telephony and Convergence.
Internet Appliances.

Problems and Exercises.

11. Encryption and the Internet.
Taking Charge.
Private-Key Encryption.
Public-Key Encryption.
Digital Signatures.
Key Management.
Counterfeit Keys.
Key Certification.
Digital Certificates.
Strong and Weak Encryption.
Things to Remember.
Important Concepts.
Where Can I Learn More?
Problems and Exercises.
Encryption and the Internet: Above and Beyond.
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).
Privacy-enhanced E-mail.
Fighting Spam with Encryption.
Strong Encryption and Culture of the Internet.
Strong Encryption and Law Enforcement.
U.S. Export Restrictions.

Problems and Exercises.

12. Making It All Work for You.
Taking Charge.
Traps and Pitfalls.
Telecommuting.
Time-Saving Services.
Staying on Top of New Developments.
Careers in Information Technology.
Internet Addiction.
Assessing Value change to "Finding the Truth" ?.
Where Can I Learn More?

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