The Internet for Dummies Quick Reference, 4th edition

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By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young and Arnold Reinhold.
March 1998, 210 pages, US$12.99. C$18.99, £11.99, ISBN 0-7645-0355-3.

The most important thing about the Internet for Dummies Quick Reference, 4th edition, is its amazing plastic ring binding. At last, an Internet reference 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 information into 210 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 the hard-nosed editors at IDG 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. 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.

What's new?

  • An updated introductory section telling you how to get on the Net, with the latest options including cable modems and telephone company xDSL lines.
  • Lots more on the fine art of web browsing,
  • Detailed info on surfing the web using America Online, Netscape, and Internet Explorer.
  • A chapter on using Web search tools to find all sorts of information
  • On-line shopping 'till you fingers drop
  • A whole section on online chat, featuring America Online, CompuServe, IRC, MUDs, MOOs and even Internet Telephony.
  • The latest info on e-mail security, creating your own Web page, and more

Table of Contents

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 Lot of My Time?

Part II: Getting Started
Hooking Up
Buying a Computer for Internet Access
Gearing Up the Computer You Already Own
Getting Online without Much Money
Selecting an Internet Service Provider

Part III: Electronic Mail
ABCs of E-Mail: Etiquette, Caveats, Finding Addreses, Headers, etc.
Accounts on Online Services
Smileys and Emoticons :)
Using America Online (AOL)
Using Eudora (Windows and Mac)
Using Microsoft Exchange and MSN (Windows 95)
Using Netscape
Using Pine (UNIX Systems)
Using Prodigy Classic
Using Microsoft's Internet Mail

Part IV: Usenet Newsgroups
Frequently Asked Questions
Newsgroup Names
News Netiquette
Posting Your First Article
Reading News with America Online
Reading News with Internet Explorer for Windows and Internet News
Reading News with Internet Explorer for Macintosh
Reading News with Netscape
Reading News with Free Agent
Starting your Own Newsgroup

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 Mailing List Messages
Sending Messages to a Mailing List
Sending Special Requests to Mailing Lists
Starting your Own Mailing List

Part VI: The World Wide Web
ABC's of the Web
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 Reseource Locators (URLs)
Using AOL to Browse the Web
Using Internet Explorer to Browse the Web
Using Lynx to Browse the Web
Using Netscape Navigator to Browse the Web

Part VII: Finding Information on the Internet
Indexers and Search Engines
Information about Towns, States and Countries
Shareware and Freeware Software
Telephone Directories
Uncompressing and Decoding Retrieved Files
Usenet Indexers
Viruses :(

Part VIII: Online Communication
Chatting Online
Chatting on America Online (AOL)
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
MUDs and MOOs
Internet Telephony

Part XI: Advanced Topics
Encryption and Internet Security
Java and Network computers
Internet Radio
Creating Your Own Web Home Page

Part X: Clasic Internet
Using Telnet
Using Gopher to cruse Gopherspace

Appendix: Internet Country Codes

Glossary: Techie Talk


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