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Harley Hahn's Internet Advisor
is a passionate and insightful book, written by the premier author, Harley Hahn. This book personally guides all users in how to do things and interact with the Internet through Harley's unique style and wit. It is uniquely organized by tasks that people want to accomplish on the Internet, arranged from the most common to the least common. It is easy to read, and contains additional nuggets of information separated from the main text, such as Internet Resources and Hints.
About the Author
is an internationally recognized writer, analyst and consultant. He is the author of 28 books on various topics, including the best-selling Harley Hahn's Internet Insecurity, Harley Hahn's Internet Yellow Pages, Harley Hahn Teaches the Internet, Harley Hahn's Readme First Guide to the Internet, The Internet Complete Reference, and the highly regarded Assembler Inside and Out. His Unix books include Unix Unbound and Harley Hahn's Student Guide to Unix.
Hahn has a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of California at San Diego. Before becoming a professional writer, he studied medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School, where he wrote the book Unconventional Medicine Explained.
Hahn enjoys writing computer books because "I get to sleep in, and I like telling people what to do."
Hahn does not live in a converted farmhouse in Connecticut with his wife, three children, and a Labrador retriever named Rolf. Nor does he commute frequently to New York.
His favorite pajamas are light blue.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding the Internet.
What Is the Internet? What Is It Like to Use the Net? The Secret of the Internet: Clients and Servers. How TCP/IP Makes the Internet Work. Talking About the Net. Words to Avoid. Who Runs the Internet? Where Is the Center of the Net? Pornography Bad People and Other Evil Things Hastening the Downfall of Civilization.
2. An Overview of the Internet.
What Can You Do on the Net? A Quick Overview of Email. A Quick Overview of the Web. The Parts of the Web. Internet Talk Facilities. Downloading Free Software. A Quick Overview of Usenet. A Quick Overview of Mailing Lists. Advertising and Spam. Telnet. Making Sense of It All.
3. Everything You Need to Connect to the Net.
The Summary in Advance. Processors. Memory. Disks Drives. CD Drives. Operating Systems (Windows). Software. What Type of Computer Should You Buy? How Much Should You Pay for a Computer? Types of Internet Connections. The Speed of an Internet Connection. Analog and Digital. Modems. Dialup Connections. Upstream and Downstream. DSL. Cable. What Type of Internet Services Are Available? Why You Might Want Two Internet Accounts. Finding Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Choosing an ISP. Does It Matter If Your Dialup ISP Has Lots of POPs? What About AOL? The Summary Once Again.
4. Internet Addresses.
Hostnames and Top-level Domains. Why Are There Two Types of Top-level Domains? Exceptions to the Rules. Countries that Sell Access to Their Top-Level Domains. Understanding Hostnames. Domains. IP Addresses. DNS. How DNS Works for You. Mail Addresses. URLs. File Names and Extensions. Directories and Subdirectories. Pathnames. URL Abbreviations. Case-Sensitive Pathnames. What a ~ ~ (Tilde) Means in a Pathname. Putting It All Together.
The Basic Ideas. SMTP Servers and POP Servers. IMAP Servers. Web-based Mail Services. Which Mail Program Should You Use? The Parts of a Message. The Most Important Header Lines. A Few More Header Lines. The Body of a Message. Attachments. Signatures. How Mail Is Stored (Folders). Address Lines Within the Header (To Cc Bcc). Using an Address Book. Replying. Forwarding. Understanding Mail Error Messages.
6. Using Mail Well.
Email Conventions. Have a Mail Address of Your Own. Make Your Messages Easy to Read. How to Make Sure Your Messages Look Good. Thank-You Notes. Smileys and Other Communication Conventions. Be Careful What You Write. Is It Okay to Use HTML in a Mail Message?. Putting URLs in Messages. Sending Mail to a Group of People. Finding Someone's Mail Address. Spam and Privacy. Harley Hahn's List of 7 Ways to Keep Your Email Address Private. Filters.
7. The Web.
The Basic Ideas. Options and Preferences. Blocking Advertisements. Where to Get Help. Entering a URL. The Fastest Way to Enter a URL with Internet Explorer. Using AutoComplete with Internet Explorer. Navigating. Reading a Web Page. Right-Clicking. What to Do When a URL Doesn't Work. Managing Your Browser Window. Opening a New Browser Window. Reloading a Web Page (the Cache). Creating a Shortcut to a Web Page. Saving URLs in a List. Internet Explorer: Using the Favorites List. Sending a URL or a Web Page to Someone. Setting Your Home Page.
8. Talking on the Net.
The Basic Ideas. Instant Messaging. Chat Rooms. Abbreviations Used While Talking. Voice Chatting and Video Chatting. IRC: Internet Relay Chat. Muds. Expectations and Reality. Net Sex.
9. Downloading and Installing Software.
File Types and Extensions. Opening a File. ActiveX Controls. Programs and Downloading. Downloading a Program. FTP and Anonymous FTP. Installing a Program. Installing a Program Automatically. Uninstalling a Program.
10. Music on the Net.
What You Need to Listen to Music on Your Computer. Music File Types. Streaming. Music Software. Radio and Broadcasting on the Net. Learning to Work with Mp3 Files and CDs. Creating Mp3 Files from CDs. Downloading Mp3 Files from the Internet. Listening to Mp3 Files. The Issue of Copyright. CD-RW Drives. Creating Your Own Music CDs.
11. Finding Stuff on the Net.
Starting a Search. Search Engines. Techniques for Using a Search Engine. Usenet Search Engines. Accessing Your Favorite Search Engines Quickly. The Internet Explorer Search Facility. Cool Browser Tricks. FAQs (Frequently Asked Question Lists). Web Rings. An Approach to Searching the Net.
12. Safety Security and Privacy.
Is It Safe to Send Personal Information Over the Web? Spending Money on the Net. Unnecessary Security Warnings. Secure Connections. Cookies. Java and ActiveX. Security Settings in Your Browser. Computer Viruses. Email Attachments and Viruses. How to Guard Against Email Viruses. Protecting Against Email Viruses with Outlook Express. Antivirus Programs. Macro Viruses. Virus Hoaxes. Spyware. Children and the Internet. Harley Hahn's 5 Guidelines for Happy Family Internet Usage. Filtering Software and Rating Systems.
The Basic Ideas. How Does Usenet Work? Web-Based Discussion Groups. The Usenet Tradition of Freedom. What Newsreader Should You Use? News Servers. Newsgroups and Hierarchies. Configuring Your Newsreader. Reading Usenet Articles. The Format of a Usenet Article. Moderated Newsgroups. FAQs (Frequently Asked Question Lists). Usenet Slang. Pictures (Binaries). Posting an Article. Finding What You Want on Usenet. How Are Newsgroups Created?
14. Mailing Lists.
The Basic Ideas. How Are Mailing Lists Different from Usenet Newsgroups? Mailing List Programs: Listserv Listproc and Majordomo. Subscribing and Unsubscribing to a Mailing List. Keeping the Addresses Straight. Mailing List Commands. Finding Mailing Lists. Starting Your Own Mailing List. Mailing List Gateways.
15. Creating Your Own Web Site.
HTML. The Components of a Web Page. Web Page Editors. Pictures and Sounds. Web Page Design Tips. Finding a Server to Host Your Web Site. Promoting Your Web Site.
16. Getting Your Own Domain Name.
How to Get Your Own Domain Name. Registering a Domain Name. Choosing a Domain Name. Using Who Is to Check a Domain Name. Specifying Contact Names When You Register a Domain Name.
17. How to do Stuff.
Windows. How to Set the Date and Time on Your Computer. How to Use the Windows Clipboard. How to Change Your Mouse to Be Left-handed. Internet Explorer. How to Control the Appearance of Your Browser. How to Tell Your Browser to Not Underline Links. How to Change the Cache Settings. How to Control and Delete Cookies Internet Explorer 6. How to Control and Delete Cookies Internet Explorer 5.5 or older. How to Customize the Search Facility. How to Specify Which Search Engine to Use for Address Bar Searches.
Outlook Express. How to Display the Full Header of a Mail Message. How to Turn Off HTML in Mail Messages. How to Attach a File to a Mail Message. How to Create a Signature. How to Resend a Mail Message. How to Search for a Mail Address. How to Configure Your Newsreader.
Appendix A. List of Top Level Internet Domans.
Appendix B. Time Zones on the Net.
Appendix C. Abbreviations Used When Talking on the Net.