Beginners & Internet help Information
by Snowhawk

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I 've put this beginner (newbie) section together to help you start out on your Internet journey without having to sort through all the other things. I hope this supplies you with enough helpful information so you can begin surfing the Internet with a clue, and without drowning in the information flood. (If I don't have what you need, try 5 Star Free Technical Support, or Tech Support Guy, or PC Support - all free help.) If you still can't find what you need, you may ask me.
... Beginners101 might want to read Internet 101

First, let's look through some beginner browsing information:

Browsing the Internet is also referred to as "surfing the net". Browsers are the software that allow you to view the files of, or "move about" the Internet... Thus the term "browsing". The browser I use is Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It is easy, giving a smooth e-journey, and will do just about everything, even the whistles and bells. I have Windows7 operating system and I use a mouse... but please consider my references to "highlight", "click", and "choose" as being however you wish to maneuver.)

To look at a Web page, just choose the desired icon (small picture) or "link". Links are colored text, graphics, or pictures. Usually the brighter or darker colored text is for new links, and the duller or lighter colored text signifies you have been to that Web page before. (It all depends on the author of each individual Web page.)

Links can be underlined, depending on your browser settings. When you highlight a link (or put your mouse pointer on it), the browser will display a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), which is a Web site's address, at the bottom of the browser screen. They usually begin with the "http://" (HyperText Transfer Protocol). -- I remembered it by thinking "Hurry To This Place" which is *NOT correct; just easy* (More URL protocols: "gopher://", "ftp://", "news://", "file://")

When you follow a link, you can choose the "back" button of your browser's toolbar to return here. (Or right click the mouse and choose "back") You need to click "back" for each time you clicked on a link. If you get lost, you can type the URL in the text box, under the toolbar, where your browser says "Location:", "Go to:", "address:", or something similar; or choose "history" on the Explorer toolbar (on some Explorer versions, choose the small down arrow just to the right of the back button), then choose the URL, or page title. The URL for this web page is: http://www.snowhawk.com/newbie.html

The easy way to shorten your return, is to "bookmark" the Web page. To do this for Explorer, you choose "favorites" from the top toolbar, then choose "add favorites". Any time you wish to return to a Web site you have added to your favorites, you can choose "favorites"; then choose the title of the page or URL. (The title of this Web page is "Beginners & Internet Help Information by snowhawk".)

Recommend reading:

More Browsing information:

MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER HOME
MS HELP & SUPPORT
OPERA
WEB BROWSER FAQ - answers to Frequently Asked ?s

ABOUT THOSE "COOKIES"

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Operating Systems:

The program that controls all other parts of the computer. (The Big Wheel that turns all the little wheels :)
See Operating Systems, or Operating System - Wikipedia for more info.

UNIX:
UNIX GURU UNIVERSE
UNIX - TUTORIALS, BY WEBREFERENCE
UNIX FAQ'S
ITtoolbox UNIX

LINUX:
LINUX
LINUX HQ - latest kernel & patches

MACINTOSH:
The ULTIMATE MACINTOSH
MacWORLD
MACUPDATE: SOFTWARE & GAMES


OPERA:
About the Opera Browser

WINDOWS:

INSTALLATION information
Bob Cerelli's WINDOWS PAGE - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8
WIN8 TIPS & TRICKS
WINDOWS 8 SECRETS & TIPS
WINDOWS 8 HELP
SUPERSITE FOR WINDOWS
MS WINDOWS UPDATE
WINDOWS FAMILY - MS
TWEAKS

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Say What?

Help with internet jargon and acronyms:
NET LINGO
GEEK.COM GLOSSARY
WHATis

BANDWIDTH:
The amount of data transmitted through an Internet connection. Usually measured in bps (bits per second). For example, a modem running at 56k would transmit more data per second (higher bandwith) than a modem running at 28.8k, or 33.6k.
Bandwidth - Test your computer
CNet Bandwidth Meter

BLOGS:
(Web Logs) Personal Web page of thoughts and links much like an online journal or diary.
BLOGarama Directory
BLOGGER-google
NEWS AND BLOGS - ZDNET

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FTP (File Transfer Protocol):
Sending or receiving files from another computer.
FILE TRANSFER: MOVING FILES BETWEEN COMPUTERS
FileZILLA

INTERNET TIPS & FAQS:
WWW FAQs - answers to Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ ARCHIVES
CORE RULES OF NETIQUETTE - Etiquette for the Internet
FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT - and Tutorials
COMPUTER HELP, TECH SUPPORT & TIPS
Bob Cerelli's WINDOWS PAGE - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

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Here's the ISP

(Internet Service Provider) listing, named appropriately: The List
You can search the list by area code, country code, or state.
(Your Internet Service Provider is who's phone line your modem communicates with to connect you to the Internet. My ISP is Cox Communications)

E-Mail

(Electronic Mail) Means by which messages, or letters, are sent and received from one computer to another through the Internet. The e-mail address is usually composed of the user's nickname with "@", then the ISP address. (sample yourname@somewhere.com) It is also possible to attach files, and photos.

Outlook Express comes with the browsers, and on the Windows CD's. I was happy with Outlook, but when all the viruses began to target it, I switched to using Yahoo's free e-mail and Google's GMail, also free. They scan for viruses and block a lot of junk e-mail.


E-mail Guide
Netscape Unofficial FAQ, and Microsoft's Internet Guide & Web Tutorial are also informative.

What AOL Users Don't Know About Email Links

Urban Email Legends explains about all that forwarded email we get... and why you shouldn't forward all of it too.

FREE E-MAIL:
Access through your browser; no e-mail program necessary. Some of the accounts offer free e-mail forwarding.
YAHOO
GMAIL - GOOGLE MAIL

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About that VIRUS!

The only way to get a computer virus is to download an infected, executable file (like .EXE or .COM) and then run it; or use an infected boot up disk. "A virus CAN NOT be spread to your computer from merely opening your e-mail... but BEWARE of the attachment files." -- And that WAS TRUE until someone dug a tunnel into Microsoft's E-mail program. If you use Microsoft Outlook (or Outlook Express) with Internet Explorer, you need to stay alert of the viruses that are popping up. For more Microsoft virus information check their Security Advisor Bulletin. You can signup for their free security bulletins if you want them e-mailed to you.
Symantec offers a list of the latest security threats and risks that seem to find their way to our mailboxes. Same for McAfee; You can check their latest virus information.
I recommend you check a virus hoax list before passing on virus information. It's good to want to warn friends of virus dangers, but they should indeed be true warnings rather than the forwarded hoaxes.

More Virus info:
Snopes: Virus Hoaxes & Realities
Sophos: Latest Email & Virus Hoaxes

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Seek, and ye shall find

Searches can be tricky sometimes...

Search engines, and directories, (also known as spyders, crawlers, and robots) are programs that get you listings of Web sites about your particular interest by submitting a word or phrase.

I have a list of search engines and search directories with all their current information and preferences, that I believe covers all of the main areas. The number one of choice, Google (a search engine based on keywords), Ask.com (gives more realistic search results), and Yahoo (a search directory) are what I tend to use the most. There is also Bing.com which combines the search from several search engines.

Each search Website has a link (listed as options, preferences, or help) for choices in variations of settings, and procedures for that specific search engine. Some of them offer choices as to finding a whole phrase, all the words you enter, etc. You can get the search engine to find an exact phrase or name, grouping of words, even if they don't offer the choice by using quotation marks... (For example, "Michael Parks") -- otherwise, you will get all the pages in that search engine that have the word "Michael" or the word "parks" scattered throughout a page.

There are more search engines, directories, including "people finder" directories, and reference sites at my Reference / Search Gateway.

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Ready for more?

You can browse through All Things Internet, or my collection of Internet related Links (includes links to the History of the Internet); and my Eclectic Gateway Main Menu or the Directory can take you just about anywhere.

All of this information, and my eclectic links, are only what I prefer or have found helpful personally. I know there are many, many more options out there; and some may be better than what I have shown here... I just haven't found them yet.

Surf On!

Here's some Personal Scoop on me, if you are curious about just who's telling you all this. :)

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