The Internet: The Missing Manual

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The Internet: The Missing Manual
By J.D. Biersdorfer, David Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: July 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52742-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652742-6
Pages: 460

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The Internet is almost synonymous with change--that's one of its charms, and one of its headaches . You may think you know the Internet, but are you really up to speed on internet telephones, movie and TV downloading, blogging, gaming, online banking, dating , and photosharing?

This utterly current book covers:

  • Getting Online: Readers will have all the information they need to decide what kind of broadband connection works best for them, which browser they should use, and what kind of spyware-fighting and virus-and spam-protection measures they need to protect themselves .

  • Finding Information: Google may be the leading search site, but it's certainly not the only game in town. This book introduces a diverse and useful collection of sites that help uncover everything from health care information, to shopping, travel and finance, to dependable reviews and ratings.

  • Movies, music, and photos: The Web's teeming with entertainment--and not just the sort of postage -stamp sized videos that only a geek could love. Learn where to download movies, watch TV online, listen to music, play games , and post and share photos with friends .

  • Keeping in touch: Email's only the beginning. This book introduces readers to the many tools that make the modern Internet such a great way to stay connected. From Web-based discussion groups to instant messaging programs, and from blogs and podcasts to Internet-based phone calls, this book will help you join the conversation.

Ideal for anyone just venturing into cyberspace , this book is also perfect for more experienced users who could use an update to today's most exciting internet applications.

book cover
The Internet: The Missing Manual
By J.D.  Biersdorfer, David  Pogue
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: July 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52742-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652742-6
Pages: 460

Table of Contents    Index

      The Missing Credits
      Part I:   Getting Online
            Chapter 1.   Getting Online
        Section 1.1.   Broadband Connections (Fast)
        Section 1.2.   Dial-Up Connections (Slow)
        Section 1.3.   Wireless Connections (Awesome)
        Section 1.4.   Software
        Section 1.5.   Advanced Connection Tricks (Windows)
        Section 1.6.   Advanced Connection Tricks (Mac OS X)
            Chapter 2.   Surfing the Web
        Section 2.1.   Your First Web Page
        Section 2.2.   Portals: Dashboards of the Web
        Section 2.3.   Browser Choices
      Part II:   Finding Information
            Chapter 3.   How to Search the Web
        Section 3.1.   Search Basics
        Section 3.2.   Directories at Your Service
            Chapter 4.   Searching by Information Type
        Section 4.1.   White Pages, Yellow Pages
        Section 4.2.   Driving Directions
        Section 4.3.   Health and Medicine
        Section 4.4.   Job Hunting
        Section 4.5.   Getting the Facts
        Section 4.6.   Word Definitions
            Chapter 5.   News and Blogs
        Section 5.1.   News Sites
        Section 5.2.   Online Newspapers
        Section 5.3.   Sports, Weather, and Entertainment
        Section 5.4.   Blogs
        Section 5.5.   Feeds: Having the News Come to You
            Chapter 6.   Reviews and Ratings
        Section 6.1.   Movies
        Section 6.2.   Restaurants
        Section 6.3.   Music
        Section 6.4.   Books
        Section 6.5.   Consumer Electronics
        Section 6.6.   Cars
      Part III:   Shopping, Travel, and Finance
            Chapter 7.   Shopping
        Section 7.1.   How to Shop Online
        Section 7.2.   The Top Shopping Sites
        Section 7.3.   Finding Good Deals
        Section 7.4.   Shopping for Big-Ticket Items
            Chapter 8.   Planning Trips
        Section 8.1.   Booking Tickets and Reservations
        Section 8.2.   Last-Minute Deals
            Chapter 9.   Finance
        Section 9.1.   Online Banking
        Section 9.2.   Finding Loans Online
        Section 9.3.   Trading Online and Tracking Investments
        Section 9.4.   Doing Your Taxes Online
      Part IV:   Entertainment and Media
            Chapter 10.   Games and Gambling
        Section 10.1.   Games for the Whole Family
        Section 10.2.   Shoot 'Em Up Games
        Section 10.3.   Massive Multiplayer Games
        Section 10.4.   Virtual Worlds
        Section 10.5.   Fantasy Sports
        Section 10.6.   Gambling
            Chapter 11.   Music and Audio
        Section 11.1.   Digital Audio and the Internet
        Section 11.2.   Listening to Digital Audio
        Section 11.3.   Online Music Stores
        Section 11.4.   Streaming Music Sites
        Section 11.5.   Internet Radio
        Section 11.6.   Podcasts
            Chapter 12.   Videos, Movies, and TV
        Section 12.1.   Videos and Movies Online
        Section 12.2.   DVDs by Mail
        Section 12.3.   Watching Webcams
            Chapter 13.   Photos
        Section 13.1.   Finding Photos
        Section 13.2.   Sharing Photos Online
        Section 13.3.   Sending Photos to a Printing Service
        Section 13.4.   Sending Photos via Email
      Part V:   Communicating with Others
            Chapter 14.   Email
        Section 14.1.   Email Program vs. Web-Based Email
        Section 14.2.   Setting Up Your Email Program
        Section 14.3.   Writing and Sending Messages
        Section 14.4.   Reading and Organizing Email
        Section 14.5.   Fighting Email Pests
            Chapter 15.   Instant Messages and Chat
        Section 15.1.   Instant Messaging: An Introduction
        Section 15.2.   IM Services: The Catalog
            Chapter 16.   Discussion Groups
        Section 16.1.   Finding and Searching Groups
        Section 16.2.   Creating New Groups
            Chapter 17.   Social Networking
        Section 17.1.   Socializing and Dating Services
        Section 17.2.   Professional Networking
            Chapter 18.   Skype & VoIP: Internet Phones
        Section 18.1.   Skype: Computer-to-Phone Plans
        Section 18.2.   Phone-to-Phone Plans
      Part VI:   Internet Power and Protection
            Chapter 19.   Your Own Blogs, Web Sites, and Podcasts
        Section 19.1.   Blogs
        Section 19.2.   Super-Simple Web Pages
        Section 19.3.   Professional Web Sites
        Section 19.4.   Podcasts
            Chapter 20.   Living on the Web
        Section 20.1.   Online Backup and Storage
        Section 20.2.   Online Word Processing Programs
        Section 20.3.   Project Planning and Group Calendars
        Section 20.4.   Online Meetings/Web Conferencing
            Chapter 21.   Staying Safe
        Section 21.1.   Know Your Enemies
        Section 21.2.   Fighting Internet Pests
        Section 21.3.   Defeating Spyware
        Section 21.4.   Controlling Cookies
        Section 21.5.   Phishing Lures
        Section 21.6.   Sealing Your Computer's Firewall
        Section 21.7.   Protecting Your Kids