By John R. Levine, Arnold Reinhold and Margaret Levine Young.
May 2002, 196 pages, US$14.99. C$29.99, £12.99,
The most important thing about the Internet for Dummies Quick Reference,
8th edition, is its amazing plastic ring binding. At last -- an Internet
that'll lay flat on your desk! Other books about the Internet have plenty
of useful info, but you have to learn to type with one hand while holding
them open with the other. This can seriously increase your stress level and
has actually been shown to increase bad cholesterol levels in laboratory
rats by 20 points.
Ok, our content is pretty good too. We've crammed a lot of up-to-date
200 pages. We try to explain the stuff you really need to know, while leaving
out the gobbledygook. We write for you, someone who wants to use and enjoy
the Internet, not to become an expert in arcane computer jargon.
The material is carefully organized and well indexed and features an
extensive Glossary. We do our best to write clearly and our hard-nosed
editors nail us on every ambiguity. You will have to put up with our
warped sense of humor, tho.
We think this is the perfect book to take along in your Road Warrior Kit
along with your Internet-equipped laptop, palm top, or brain insert.
The book is small, light and
thorough, and the lay flat binding is perfect for airline tray tables.
Take a few extras to give to friends and business contacts as well.
- A new "Big Picture" section that provides a graphic overview of the Internet
- An updated introductory section telling you how to get on the Net, including
high speed DSL
phone lines and cable modems
- Lots more on the fine art of web browsing using America Online,
Netscape, and Internet Explorer
- A chapter on using Web search tools to find all sorts of information
- On-line shopping 'till your fingers drop
- Online music and MP3 files
- A whole section on online chat, featuring Windows Messenger, Yahoo Messenger,
America Online, ICQ, and IRC
- The latest info on e-mail security, PGP, creating your own Web page,
starting an on-line business and more
Table of Contents
The Big Picture: The Internet
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 All Your Free Time?
Part II: Getting Started
Hooking up to the Internet with Broadband
Hooking Up to the Internet Cheap
Hooking Up to the Internet by Dial-Up
Investing in a Computer for Internet Access
Selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Software for Internet Access
Part III: Electronic Mail
ABCs of E-Mail: Etiquette, Caveats, Finding Addresses, Headers, etc.
Acronyms, Smileys, and Emoticons
America Online and CompuServe Addresses
Using America Online (AOL)
Using Eudora (Windows and Mac)
Using Netscape Mail
Using OS X Mail (Mac)
Using Outlook Express (Windows and Mac)
Using Pine (Linux and UNIX)
Part IV: Usenet Newsgroups
Frequently Asked Questions
Google Groups and Usenet Indexers
Posting Your First Article
Ramping up your Own Newsgroup
Reading Newsgroups at Google Groups
Reading Newsgroups with a Newsreader
Reading Newsgroups with America Online
Reading Newsgroups with Netscape
Reading Newsgroups with Outlook Express
Reading Newsgroups with Other Newsreaders
Part V: Mailing Lists
Addresses Used with Mailing Lists
Finding a Mailing List
Getting On and Off a Mailing List
Open and Closed Mailing Lists
Receiving Digested Mailing Lists
Sending Messages to a Mailing List
Sending Special Requests to Mailing Lists
Starting your Own Mailing List
Using Filters to Sort Your Mailing List Messages
Part VI: The World Wide Web
ABC's of the Web
Bookmark or Save?
Finding Your Way around the Web
Kids, Porn and the Web
Plug-Ins, Helper Programs, and ActiveX Controls
Privacy, Security, and Cookies
Problems and Error Messages
Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
Using AOL to Browse the Web
Using Internet Explorer to Browse the Web
Using Netscape Navigator to Browse the Web
Part VII: Finding and Using Resources on the Internet
Directories, Search Engines, and Portals
Excellent Surfing Ideas
Free, Free, Free!
Information Sources: CIA, Encyclopedia Britannica and more
Magazines and Literature
Shareware and Freeware Software
Shopping Online from A to Z
Should You Give Out Your Credit Card number Over the Internet?
Uncompressing and Decoding Retrieved Files
Part VIII: Live Online Communication
America Online (AOL) Chat Rooms
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
MUDs and MOOs
Voice and Video over the Net
Part XI: Advanced Topics
Encryption and Internet Security
Java and Network Computers
Internet Radio and TV
Creating Your Own Web Home Page
Starting a Business on the Web
Part X: Classic Internet
Telnet and SSH
Appendix: Internet Country Codes
Glossary: Techie Talk