Internet for Dummies Quick Reference

Internet for Dummies Quick Reference

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ISBN-13: 9780764505089
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1999
Series: For Dummies Quick Reference Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use This Book
Finding Things in This Book
The Cast of Icons
Conventions Used in This Book
Feedback, Please
Part I: Getting to Know the Internet
What Is the Internet?
What's So Great about the Internet?
What Services Does the Internet Provide?
Will the Internet Take a Bunch of Your Time?
Part II: Getting Started
Hooking Up to the Internet: First Class
Direct connection
Cable TV
ISDN
Digital Subscriber Lines (xDSL)
Hooking Up to the Internet: Economy
Set-top boxes
Smart Phones
Network computers
Secondhand computers
Free e-mail services
Hooking Up to the Internet: Coach
Buying a Computer for Internet Access
Macintosh versus Windows
Desktop versus laptop
This year's model versus last year's model
Making sure that your computer is cable ready
Memory, hard disk, monitor, printer, and backup
Should you upgrade the computer you have?
What should you do with your old computer?
Getting Online without Much Money
Modems
Modem specs
Modem types
"What do the lights on my modem mean?"
Other modem tips
Telephone line tips
Selecting an Internet Service Provider
Value-added online services
Internet service providers
SLIP, PPP, and shell accounts
Software for Internet Access
Part III: Electronic Mail
Abbreviations and Acronyms
ABCs of E-Mail
Electronic etiquette
E-mail caveats
Finding e-mail addresses
Free e-mail
Headers
Mail programs
Rejected mail
Accounts on Online Services
Addresses
"What's my address?"
Host names and domain names
IP addresses
Zones and TLDs
Port numbers
X.400 addresses
URLs versus e-mail addresses
Smileys and Emoticons
Using America Online (AOL)
Finding an address
Reading incoming mail
Sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages
Using CompuServe
Using Eudora (Windows and Mac)
Configuring Eudora
Getting incoming mail
Reading incoming mail
Sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages
Reading saved messages
Attaching a file
Using Juno (Windows 3.1 and Windows 95)
Getting and installing Juno Software
Using the address book
Reading incoming mail
Composing and sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages in a folder
Using Outlook Express
Getting and reading incoming mail
Sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages in folders
Using Netscape
Setting up Netscape for e-mail
Getting and reading incoming mail
Sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages in folders
Reading saved messages
Using Pine
Running Pine
Reading incoming mail
Sending new mail
Replying to messages
Forwarding messages
Saving messages to a file
Part IV: Usenet Newsgroups
DejaNews and Usenet Indexers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Newsgroup Names
News Netiquette
Posting Your First Article
Reading News with America Online
Starting the AOL newsreader
Leaving the newsreader
Reading a newsgroup that's not on the list
Subscribing to newsgroups
Parental control
Unsubscribing from newsgroups
Seeing new newsgroups
Saving articles
Ignoring uninteresting articles
Replying to articles by e-mail
Posting a follow-up article
Posting a new article
Reading News with Outlook Express
Configuring Outlook Express
Getting in and out of the Outlook Express window
Subscribing to newsgroups
Reading a newsgroup
Unsubscribing from newsgroups
Saving articles
Replying to articles by e-mail
Posting a follow-up article
Posting a new article
Working offline
Reading News with Internet Explorer 3.0 for Macintosh
Getting in and out of the Newsgroups window
Reading newsgroups
Subscribing to and unsubscribing from newsgroups
Saving articles
Replying to articles by e-mail
Posting a follow-up article
Posting a new article
Reading News with Netscape
Configuring Netscape to read the news
Getting in and out of the Netscape news window
Reading a newsgroup
Subscribing to and unsubscribing from newsgroups
Replying to articles by e-mail
Posting a follow-up article
Posting a new article
Reading News with Free Agent
Starting Free Agent
Leaving Free Agent
Going to a newsgroup
Subscribing and unsubscribing to newsgroups
Saving articles
Replying to articles by e-mail
Posting a follow-up article
Posting a new article
Offline newsreading
Starting Your Own Newsgroup
Part V: Mailing Lists
Addresses Used with Mailing Lists
Finding a Mailing List
Getting On and Off a Mailing List
Lists maintained manually
Lists maintained automatically
Open and Closed Mailing Lists
Receiving Mailing List Messages
Sending Messages to a Mailing List
Special Requests to Mailing Lists
Starting Your Own Mailing List
Part VI: The World Wide Web
ABCs of the Web
Finding Your Way around the Web
Kids, Porn, and the Web
Access supervision
Buying filtering software
Using an online service with built-in filtering
Plug-Ins, Helper Programs, and ActiveX Controls
WinZip (Windows only)
StuffIt Expander and DropStuff with Expander Enhancer
RealPlayer (formerly RealAudio)
Acrobat Reader
Macromedia Shockwave
Apple QuickTime
Privacy, Security, and Cookies
Cookies
Secure surfing
Problems and Error Messages
Displaying a page takes too long
Error message "The server does not have a DNS entry"
Error message "www.bigsite.com has refused your connection" or "Broken pipe"
Error message "404 File Not Found"
Your browser keeps crashing
Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
Using AOL to Browse the Web
Starting the browser
Following a hypertext link
Going to a URL
Using bookmarks
Using Internet Explorer to Browse the Web
Running Internet Explorer
Following a hypertext link
Going to a URL
Playing favorites
Go for history
Using Lynx to Browse the Web
Starting Lynx
Browsing with Lynx
Using Netscape Navigator to Browse the Web
Running Netscape
Following a hypertext link
Going to a URL
Using bookmarks
Remembering where you came from
Using Netscape plug-ins
Part VII: Finding and Using Resources on the Internet
Directories
Engines that Search
Keys to effective searching
Great surfing ideas
Information Sources
The CIA World Fact Book
Maps
Regional information providers
CityNet
World time
Libraries
Newspapers
Magazines and Literature
Shareware and Freeware Software
c|net Shareware.com
The Info-Mac Archive
Shopping Online from A to Z
Airlines
Books
Condoms
Dolls and other collectibles
Ecological alternative products
Flowers
Groceries
Houses
Internet service providers
Jobs
Love
Macintoshes
Overcoats and boots
PCs and accessories
Quesadillas
Radios
Stocks and bonds
Tapes and CDs
Used cars
Vitamins
Web page design
Xylophones
Yankees tickets
Zen
"Should You Give Out Your Credit Card Number over the Internet?"
The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software (TUCOWS)
Telephone Directories
Four11
Switchboard
WhoWhere
Uncompressing and Decoding Retrieved Files
.dd
.hqx
.gif
.gz and.z
JPEG
MPEG
.sit
.tar
.Z
.ZIP
Usenet Search Engines
Viruses
Part VIII: Online Communication
Chatting Online
Conversations: They can be hard to follow
Etiquette for chatting
Safe chatting
Smileys, abbreviations, and emoticons
Weeding out disruptive chatters
Chatting on America Online (AOL)
Beginning to chat
Rooms with a view
Choosing a screen name
Filing a complaint
Instant messages
Private rooms
Profiles
Buddy Lists
Making sounds
CompuServe Chat (CB Simulator)
Chatting on CompuServe
Choosing a nickname
Come in, Channel 1
Filing a complaint
Private chats
Profiles
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Starting IRC
Picking a server
Issuing IRC commands
IRC channels
Joining a channel
Leaving a channel
Listing available channels
Choosing an IRC nickname
Holding a private conversation
Starting your own channel
Types of channels
Filing a complaint
Getting more info
Web-Based Chat
MUDs and MOOs
Using MUDs
Finding MUDs
Getting started in MUDs
Internet Telephony
Part IX: Advanced Topics
Encryption and Internet Security
Cryptography
Public-key cryptography
Finding public-key software
The politics of cryptography
How secure is public-key cryptography?
Key size
Government access to keys and key escrow
Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator
Pretty Good Privacy
Obtaining a copy of PGP
Getting started with PGP
Public-key infrastructure
Passwords and pass phrases
Java and Network Computers
Java applets
Network computers
Internet Radio
Creating Your Own Web Home Page
Why you would want your own home page?
Building your page
Tips for effective web pages
Web page maintenance
HTML editors
Creating a home page on America Online
Creating a home page on CompuServe
Publicizing your page
Link exchanges and Webrings
META tags
Part X: Classic Internet
FTP
Using FTP programs
Navigating files and directories
Uploading and downloading files
Telnet
Using telnet from a Winsock or MacTCP program
Connecting to remote computers
Disconnecting from remote computers
Using Gopher to Cruise Gopherspace
Finger
Appendix: Internet Country Codes

Glossary: Techie Talk

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