Special Edition Using the Internet

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This is a complete reference to power tools and tasks on the Internet. It examines major tasks on the Internet and web and shows users how to best exploit the tools to get the job done. This edition continues to cover less introductory material and more intermediate tools and techniques than previous editions.
  • Examines major tasks on the Internet and Web and shows users how to best exploit the tools to get the job done
  • Covers less introductory material and more intermediate tools and techniques than previous editions
  • Enables Internet power users to keep pace with the ever-changing technology of the Net
  • Combines killer content and a great CD-ROM: the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of "must have" utilities for the Internet and Web, additional Que books in HTML format, including Special Edition Using Netscape Communicator, Special Edition Using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4, and many more-Plus, additional content not available in print

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Rather than providing a quick update to his second edition of Using the Internet, Honeycutt has responded to the rapid changes online with a total rewrite and the addition of new material. He has deleted a lot of how-to information on software and functions that are no longer popular or relevant to the daily life of most users. Instead he emphasizes many elements of the Internet that the average user, especially a beginner, is most likely to use. Honeycutt combines that with coverage of emerging Internet capabilities, which explains why his book has grown from about 300 pages to almost 700.

As in previous editions, Using the Internet starts out with a short history of the Net and how it works, although the old section on "netiquette" no longer follows and is sorely missed. Honeycutt then explains how to connect to the Net using the major online services or an independent Internet service provider (ISP). He focuses on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator as he discusses browsing the Web, using e-mail, participating in mailing lists and newsgroups, downloading files, using real-time chat, and more. But he doesn't overlook the popular and useful add-on and client programs that make online life easier.

Honeycutt helps you apply what you've learned by showing you how to perform Web searches, participate in multiplayer games, use push technology to your advantage, and easily put your own home page on the World Wide Web. The search section is particularly informative and should be helpful to Net novices. The book concludes with two no-nonsense (and opinionated) chapters on Net security for yourself and for your children. Appendices include lists of ISPs.

The book includes information on how to use what Honeycutt calls the more "obscure" capabilities, such as FTP, Gopher, and WAIS. While most users will never need these utilities, it's good that Honeycutt recognizes that they can be lifesavers if you depend on the Net for research. Even in its expanded form, this is not a comprehensive guide to the Net--the section on Web-page creation gives you only a taste of what is possible--but it remains a good way for beginners to get their feet wet without feeling overloaded with information. --Elizabeth Lewis

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