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Internet Basics

Many people are buying computers and going online. And it is fairly easy to get connected and start surfing. However, there is still a lot to know about your computer and how it works in order to make the most of your experience. In this section we provide links to basic computing instruction, guides and tutorials. These links are to pages that offer their version of helping the novice computer user. Each page presents the information in a unique way, with a unique voice and various other links to resources they've found useful. If one of these links isn't appropriate for you, try another. We've checked the links for their effective delivery of information, but keep in mind, that we do not endorse any of the sites or the accuracy of their content.

BASICS

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Common Internet File Formats -  This site is no longer being updated, but is still a great resource.
FolksOnline
  - A friendly, non-technical site with live chat, tips, resources, and other goodies.
ISDN Tutorial - An online tutorial covering the basics of ISDN.
Internet Service Providers
- Find the best deal from our database of over 5,000 ISPs.

Microsoft’s Internet Guide
- A comprehensive guide covering all aspects of using the internet.
PC Lube and Tune
- Usable introductions, tutorials, education on technical subjects.
Roadmap96 Workshop
- Free, 27 lesson internet workshop.
Yahoo! How-To  - A tutorial for web surbers.

BROWSERS

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An Internet browser is your window to the web, where you can find almost anything from the comfort of your own living room. Today, the Internet is widely used for media, research, communication, shopping and entertainment. The better your browser, the more you will see and experience.

Up–to–date web browsers are equipped with the latest features and technology to simplify, accelerate and enhance your Internet experience. The newest features include tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and voice interaction. Browsers are also more customizable and entertaining with skins, informative and fun widgets and additional add–ons.

Safety is a common concern among web surfers, and for good reasons. The number of hazards seems to grow every day. Viruses, spyware, phishing schemes and identity theft are some of the concerns. Other worries come from the threat of online predators and the appropriateness of material for children. Modern Internet browsers shield against all of these factors to keep you, your family and your PC safe.

Globalmojo Browse with Purpose

GlobalMojo is a new web browser that helps you generate money for your favorite causes simply by browsing the Internet the same way you do every day, and at no cost to you. We do this by capturing revenue that you’re already generating when you search, browse, and shop online, and redirecting that revenue to the causes you care about.

Flock - Flock is an open source company that innovates on the superior, constantly-improving Mozilla architecture to provide a fast, safe and competitive browsing experience.
Google Chrome takes a unique approach to browsing the web, combining top notch features with speed, compatibility, and simplicity.
Internet Explorer - Microsoft's download site
Mozilla Firefox - The Firefox browser is created by Mozilla, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.
Netscape - Official End of Support was March 31, 2008. the statement on their website reads: "Given AOL's current business focus and the success the Mozilla Foundation has had in developing critically-acclaimed products, we feel it's the right time to end development of Netscape branded software. Read the history page for more details about this decision."
NeoPlant
- NeoPlanet integrates all the best Internet applications and services in one easy-to-use, customizable browser.
Opera
- Opera Software develops the Opera Web browser, a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded Internet products. We strive to offer a superior Internet experience through state-of-the-art technology, innovation, leadership and partnerships.
Safari - A browser developed by Apple for the Mac is now available for the PC.

 

BLOGS/CHAT/FORUM/WEBSITES

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Blogger - A blog is your easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. Blogger.com includes instructions for creating your own Blog - all for FREE!.
Chat 101 - A guide to chat for beginners
CU-SeeMe Web - This website hosts audio and video chats.
ICQ
- A real time chat program that lets you know when others are on line.
MySpace - My Space lets you share photos, journals and interests with your family and friends for FREE

DOWNLOADING

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PC Clinic - Beginner's Guide to Downloading

E-MAIL

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A Beginner’s Guide to Effective E-mail - Focuses on the content of the written email message
Email Basics
- Internet email basics beyond setup

FTP (file transfer protocol)

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FTPPlanet - FTP 101 - a beginner's guide

GENERAL COMPUTING

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Barton IT Support & Technology Services - Network consultants and business IT services with virtual and on-site support in London.
Intertech -  Training and Consulting
Free SMS To India - send free hindi, english, love , funny and shayari sms to any mobile in India and stay connected with all your loved ones.

TutorialFind - An online tutorial search engine. This site is a free educational resource which can be used by anyone wishing to find tutorials on the Internet. The site has tutorials on everything from advanced computer software to learning a new language and is receiving a huge response internationally.
Help2Go
- Free computer advice for tasks such as copying & pasting.

The Computer Network
- A good source for learning about computers and technology.

NEWSGROUPS

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Beginners Guide to Internet - A PBS guide to understanding newsgroups.

SEARCHING

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Bare Bones 101  - USC Beaufort Library. A basic tutorial on searching the web.
Sink or Swim  - Explains the differences between search engines and subject guides, shows how to formulate search strategies, and then compares search engines.
Spider's Apprentice
- Includes search engine news, answers to frequently asked questions, search strategies, reviews and analysis, details on how search engines work, and more.
UC Berkeley Library
- This excellent tutorial from the UC Berkeley Library introduces you to the Internet and WWW, teaches you how to analyze a topic, choose a search tool, and use a variety of search engines.

VIEWERS & READERS

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Adobe - Download Acrobat Reader for reading PDF files.
Apple
- Download Quicktime for playing Quicktime movies.
Jumbo! - Must-haves: Text editors/readers
Macromedia
- Shockwave
Microsoft
- Media Player
RealPlayer
- Real Audio & Video

 

 
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