Zap: On-line Updates from the Internet Gurus


Books like The Internet for Dummies are great, but we just can't chop down the trees fast enough to keep them 100% up to date. So our Zap! pages update them right here on the Web. Here are the updates in alphabetical order. You can also find updates listed by topic on the Internet, Windows, UNIX, and specific book pages.

Building Web Pages
A short crash course in building your own web pages.

Countries on the NetUpdated
All the world's countries, who's on the net, and their two-letter domain codes.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
The ultimate solution to free time.

Internet Software
Sources of Internet applications you can download and run on your Windows PC (or Mac).

Kids on the Net
Resources for and about children.

Resources for Macintosh users.

Mailing ListsUpdated
How to participate in e-mail mailing lists and find lists of interest.

Plenty of helpful (and frequently amusing) advice on how to use email and usenet so you don't make a fool of yourself.

New DomainsUpdated
What's up with the new domains like .info, and a lot of other obscure but legitimate domains as well. (One of the Gurus who hates junk e-mail snagged NO.SP.AM, for example.)

Newsletters about the Internet, both on-line and dead trees.

The Origins of Online Chat
Where did on-line chatting and on-line romance start? In France, of course. Read this account by our friend Philippe who was there.

Internet Phones[New!]
Using your broadband Internet connection for phone calls, which to our surprise now works pretty well.

Pretty Good Privacy
A short introduction to the famous program that lets you send and receive mail that nobody else can intercept.

Searching the Web
The best systems for finding stuff on the Net.

Web TV / MSN TVUpdated
Microsoft's box that gives you big screen net access from the comfort of your recliner chair. This chapter was in the 7th edition of Internet for Dummies but it didn't fit in the 8th edition. So here it is, for free. (What a deal.)

Selecting an ISP
How to choose an Internet Service Provider, if you're unhappy with your current one, or you're ready to graduate from AOL.

Smileys, Abbreviations, and Internet Jargon
Smileys are dumb, but some are kind of clever. Learn (but please don't use) them all! And while you're at it, learn some trendoid jargon to drop into your conversation and impress MOTAS (Members Of The Appropriate Sex, see you're picking it up already.)

Software You Can Download
Our favorite software Web sites.

Telnet: Logging into Other Computers
Using Telnet and other classic line-oriented applications.

How to participated in Usenet newsgroups, and how to find newsgroups on specific topics.

Windows 3.1 and the Internet
How to connect your Windows 3.1 computer to the Internet, with help from your ISP.

Windows 98
Updates to Windows 98: The Complete Reference and other Windows 98 information.

Windows Me
Updates to Windows Me: The Complete Reference and other Windows Me information.

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