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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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A Just as a television channel surfer flips from channel to channel, sampling the wares, a Web surfer moves from page to page, sampling the vast and esoteric piles of information.
A Just about anybody can set up a Web site, but doing so usually involves some programming skills using a language called HTML (HyperText Markup Language). Surfing the pages is much easier than building the wave. That’s why most people remain Web surfers.
A Because setting up a customized Web site is fairly easy for programmers, thousands of just plain wacky sites exist. If you’re flabbergasted by flying saucers, for example, head for www.fsreview.net to read the Flying Saucer Review. Another fel-
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low’s well-documented site tests the durability of the pink and white Marshmallow Bunnies sold in drug stores. Head to
www.pcola.gulf.net/~irving/bunnies and watch the Laser Exposure Test!
Who Can Use the Internet and World Wide Web?
Gosh, everybody who doesn’t use the Internet is forced to hear everybody else talk about it at parties and on TV commercials, and read about it in magazines, newspapers, and billboards.
Here are a few of the Internet’s most enthusiastic subscribers:
A Universities, corporations, government entities, and millions of plain ol’ normal folk use the Internet every day. Many users simply send messages back and forth — called electronic mail or e-mail. Other users swap programs, pictures, or sounds — anything that can be stored as data inside of a computer.
A The United States government loves the Internet. The FBI posts pictures of its ten most wanted criminals (www.fbi.gov) for public viewing, for example, and the Internal Revenue Service
(www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/cover.html) lets Internet users make free copies of tax forms 24 hours a day.
A Universities love the network, too. Departments can file grant forms more quickly than ever. Worried about the goo coagulating in the center of your bromeliads? The Internet’s famed botanical site (www.botany.net) enables researchers to move quickly from 24 Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawaii to the Zoosporic Fungi database.
A Many computer companies support their products on the Internet. Visitors to the Web site can leave messages to technicians in hopes that the technicians can figure out why their latest computer doodads aren’t working. After posting messages back and forth, callers can often download a software cure or patch to fix the problem.
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A Artists, spotting a new way to show their work, quickly jumped aboard the Web. Some sites display photos of their watercolors, like the ones shown in Figure 12-1, hoping to snag potential buyers.
Figure 12-1:
World Wide Web sites let you shop for nearly everything — even watercolor postcards.
A Curious about Volkswagen’s latest line of cars? Head for the Volkswagen Web site (www.vw.com) and start flipping through the pages of the Volkswagen “point and clickable” brochures. (See Figure 12-2.)
What's an ISP, and Do I Need One?
Signals for television channels come wafting through the air to your TV set for free. Unless you’re paying for cable or satellite TV, you can watch Dawson s Creek simply by turning on the TV.
The Internet ain’t free, though. You need to pay for Internet signals, just like you pay for gas and electricity. For the privilege of surfing the Web,
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Figure 12-2:
The Web site for Volkswagen features "point and clickable" brochures for users to view online close-ups of its cars.
you must do business with an Internet service provider, known by the hip computing crowd as an ISP. You pay the ISP for a password and phone number to dial. When your computer modem dials the number and connects to your ISP’s network, you type your password and grab your surfboard: You’ve entered the Web.
A Some ISPs charge for each minute you’re connected; others charge a flat fee for unlimited service. The going rate seems to be stabilizing at around $20 a month for unlimited service. Make sure that you find out your rate before hopping aboard, or you may be surprised at the end of the month.
A Some ISPs used to let you access the Internet for free, but they went out of business when the bottom fell out of the Internet market in late 2000.
A If you’re computer-inclined, some ISPs provide hard disk space on their computers so that you can create your own Web pages for other Internet members to visit. Show the world pictures of your kids and cats, share your favorite recipes, talk about your favorite car waxes, or swap tips on constructing fishing flies.
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A ISPs let you connect to the Internet in a variety of ways. The slowest ISPs connect through the phone lines with a modem. Faster still are special DSL lines that some phone companies provide. Some ISPs send their signals through satellites. Some of the fastest connections come from your cable TV company. With the speedy ISPs, your location often determines your options.
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