By John R. Levine, Arnold Reinhold and Margaret Levine Young.
March 1999, 210 pages, US$12.99. C$18.99, £11.99,
The most important thing about the Internet for Dummies Quick Reference,
5th 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
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.
- An updated introductory section telling you how to get on the Net, with the
latest options including cable modems and telephone company DSL 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, ICQ
IRC, MUDs, MOOs and even Internet Telephony.
- The latest info on e-mail security, PGP, creating your own Web page,
starting an on-line business 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 to the Internet -- First Class, Economy and Coach
Buying a Computer for Internet Access
Selecting an Internet Service Provider
Software for Internet Access
The Internet and the Year 2000 Problem
Part III: Electronic Mail
Abbreviations and Acronyms
ABCs of E-Mail: Etiquette, Caveats, Finding Addresses, Headers, etc.
Accounts on Online Services
Smileys and Emoticons :)
Using America Online (AOL)
Using Eudora (Windows and Mac)
Using Juno (Free!)
Using Outlook Express
Using Pine (UNIX Systems)
Part IV: Usenet Newsgroups
DejaNews and Usenet Indexers
Frequently Asked Questions
Posting Your First Article
Ramp up your Own Newsgroup
Reading News with DejaNews
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
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 Resource 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
Directories, Search Engines and Portals
Great Surfing Ideas
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
Usenet Search Engines
Viruses )::o-[ :(
Part VIII: Online Communication
Chatting on America Online (AOL)
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
MUDs and MOOs
Part XI: Advanced Topics
Encryption and Internet Security
Java and Network computers
Creating Your Own Web Home Page
Starting a Business on the Web
Part X: Classic Internet
Using Gopher to cruse Gopherspace
Appendix: Internet Country Codes
Glossary: Techie Talk