1. What is the Internet?
Page 2 - What can you do on the Internet?
|·||E-Mail (or Electronic Mail) is a great way to communicate. It's inexpensive, fast (your message can be received as soon as you send it), and easy. Most Internet Service Providers distribute E-Mail software with new accounts. One of the most popular E-Mail programs is Eudora. Eudora is an easy-to-use program that will allow you to send and receive E-Mail from your computer. It is available for Windows (16- and 32-bit1) and Macintosh. Tutorials 7 and 8 describe E-Mail in greater detail.|
|·||How would you like to visit the Louvre in Paris? Click here to go right now... How about the White House? Click here... With the Internet, you can go anywhere in the world, any time you want, without paying hundreds of dollars for a plane ticket. Even though you won't really be there, it can still be fun. Check Tutorial 4 for more information about travelling around the planet.|
|·||You've seen computer software in different stores, right? And you've probably seen the prices too, huh? Well, many of those programs are available off the Internet, and if their not, there is probably a less expensive alternative available. The Internet holds more than 250,000 computer programs. Check Tutorial 5 for more information.|
|·||What's your hobby? Whatever it may be, there is probably a discussion group about it. Discussion groups come in 3 major groups. They are UseNet, WebBoards, and Mailing Lists (or ListServs). UseNet is more commonly known as News, as in Netscape News or Internet News (Internet Explorer) and is much like a public E-Mail system. A typical UseNet address will be news://comp.lang.basic.misc. WebBoards are web-based discussion forums in which you can read messages and post new ones for everyone to see. They are quite common on many web pages. Mailing Lists (ListServs) are E-Mail-based. Subscribers can reply to messages that they receive through the E-Mail. For more information on UseNet, check out Tutorial 9. For more information about WebBoards, check out Tutorial 17-D on CGI. Information about Mailing Lists is in Tutorial 10.|
|·||Let's say you have an assignment to find out...something. But you can't find anything about this topic in the Library, Dictionary, or Encyclopedia. What do you do? Check out the Internet! The Internet is the largest collection of information in the World. If your topic exists, you'll find it somewhere on the Internet. How do you find it? Check Tutorial 15 on Search Engines.|
|·||Spending money is no problem for many people...the only problem is saving the money. If you're one of those people who must shop, the Internet is the place for you. You can order items from many web sites by credit card. And, it's almost always completely secure. If you're someone who wants to get the best deal on everything you buy, the Internet is still the place for you. There are sites that handle the transaction of used, wholesale, and retail items. There are no tutorials on shopping on the Internet, but I'm sure you could find some really good sites to shop from. Just go to a search engine and type in what you're looking for. You may wish to add something like buy or purchase to your search to help find sites that are selling what you want.|
|Your Own Web Site|
|·||Okay, now you've seen lots of web sites, and you want to make your own. There is a lot to cover on this subject so I'll leave it to the tutorials. Check out Tutorial 16-A for information about preparing to create a web page/site and Tutorials 16-B and 16-C for information about writing the web pages.|