Harley Hahn's
Internet Advisor

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"The Web" (Chapter 7) and "How to Do Stuff" (Chapter 17). Within The Harley Hahn Experience, the entire book is available for you to read.

Detailed Table of Contents

  A Personal Note From Harley Hahn
Chapter 1: Understanding the Internet
What Can You Do on the Net?
A Quick Overview of Email
A Quick Overview of the Web
The Parts of the Web
Internet Talk Facilities
Downloading Free Software
A Quick Overview of Usenet
A Quick Overview of Mailing Lists
Advertising and Spam
Making Sense of It All
Chapter 2: An Overview of the Internet
What Can You Do on the Net?
A Quick Overview of Email
A Quick Overview of the Web
The Parts of the Web
Internet Talk Facilities
Downloading Free Software
A Quick Overview of Usenet
A Quick Overview of Mailing Lists
Advertising and Spam
Making Sense of It All
Chapter 3: Everything You Need to Connect to the Net
The Summary in Advance
Disks Drives
CD Drives
Operating Systems (Windows)
What Type of Computer Should You Buy?
How Much Should You Pay for a Computer?
Types of Internet Connections
The Speed of an Internet Connection
Analog and Digital
Dialup Connections
Upstream and Downstream
What Type of Internet Services Are Available?
Why You Might Want Two Internet Accounts
Finding Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Choosing an ISP
Does It Matter If Your Dialup ISP Has Lots of POPs?
What About AOL?
The Summary Once Again
Chapter 4: Internet Addresses
Hostnames and Top-level Domains
Why Are There Two Types of Top-level Domains?
Exceptions to the Rules
Countries that Sell Access to Their Top-Level Domains
Understanding Hostnames
IP Addresses
How DNS Works for You
Mail Addresses
File Names and Extensions
Directories and Subdirectories
URL Abbreviations
Case-Sensitive Pathnames
What a ~ (Tilde) Means in a Pathname
Putting It All Together
Chapter 5: Mail
The Basic Ideas
SMTP Servers and POP Servers
IMAP Servers
Web-based Mail Services
Which Mail Program Should You Use?
The Parts of a Message
The Most Important Header Lines
A Few More Header Lines
The Body of a Message
How Mail Is Stored (Folders)
Address Lines Within the Header (To, Cc, Bcc)
Using an Address Book
Understanding Mail Error Messages
Chapter 6: Using Mail Well
Email Conventions
Have a Mail Address of Your Own
Make Your Messages Easy to Read
How to Make Sure Your Messages Look Good
Thank-You Notes
Smileys and Other Communication Conventions
Be Careful What You Write
Is It Okay to Use HTML in a Mail Message?
Putting URLs in Messages
Sending Mail to a Group of People
Finding Someone's Mail Address
Spam and Privacy
Harley Hahn's List of 7 Ways to Keep Your Email Address Private
Chapter 7: ">The Web
The Basic Ideas
Options and Preferences
Blocking Advertisements
Where to Get Help
Entering a URL
The Fastest Way to Enter a URL with Internet Explorer
Using AutoComplete with Internet Explorer
Reading a Web Page
What to Do When a URL Doesn't Work
Managing Your Browser Window
Opening a New Browser Window
Reloading a Web Page (the Cache)
Creating a Shortcut to a Web Page
Saving URLs in a List
Internet Explorer: Using the Favorites List
Sending a URL or a Web Page to Someone
Setting Your Home Page
Chapter 8: Talking on the Net
The Basic Ideas
Instant Messaging
Chat Rooms
Abbreviations Used While Talking
Voice Chatting and Video Chatting
IRC: Internet Relay Chat
Expectations and Reality
Net Sex
Chapter 9: Downloading and Installing Software
File Types and Extensions
Opening a File
ActiveX Controls
Programs and Downloading
Downloading a Program
FTP and Anonymous FTP
Installing a Program
Installing a Program Automatically
Uninstalling a Program
Chapter 10: Music on the Net
What You Need to Listen to Music on Your Computer
Music File Types
Music Software
Radio and Broadcasting on the Net
Learning to Work with Mp3 Files and CDs
Creating Mp3 Files from CDs
Downloading Mp3 Files from the Internet
Listening to Mp3 Files
The Issue of Copyright
CD-RW Drives
Creating Your Own Music CDs
Chapter 11: Finding Stuff on the Net
Starting a Search
Search Engines
Techniques for Using a Search Engine
Usenet Search Engines
Accessing Your Favorite Search Engines Quickly
The Internet Explorer Search Facility
Cool Browser Tricks
FAQs (Frequently Asked Question Lists)
Web Rings
An Approach to Searching the Net
Chapter 12: Safety, Security and Privacy
Is It Safe to Send Personal Information Over the Web?
Spending Money on the Net
Unnecessary Security Warnings
Secure Connections
Java and ActiveX
Security Settings in Your Browser
Computer Viruses
Email Attachments and Viruses
How to Guard Against Email Viruses
Protecting Against Email Viruses with Outlook Express
Antivirus Programs
Macro Viruses
Virus Hoaxes
Children and the Internet
Harley Hahn's 3 Guidelines for Happy Family Internet Usage
Filtering Software and Rating Systems
Chapter 13: Usenet
The Basic Ideas
How Does Usenet Work?
Web-Based Discussion Groups
The Usenet Tradition of Freedom
What Newsreader Should You Use?
News Servers
Newsgroups and Hierarchies
Configuring Your Newsreader
Reading Usenet Articles
The Format of a Usenet Article
Moderated Newsgroups
FAQs (Frequently Asked Question Lists)
Usenet Slang
Pictures (Binaries)
Posting an Article
Finding What You Want on Usenet
How Are Newsgroups Created?
Chapter 14: Mailing Lists
The Basic Ideas
How Are Mailing Lists Different from Usenet Newsgroups?
Mailing List Programs: Listserv, Listproc and Majordomo
Subscribing and Unsubscribing to a Mailing List
Keeping the Addresses Straight
Mailing List Commands
Finding Mailing Lists
Starting Your Own Mailing List
Mailing List Gateways
Chapter 15: Creating Your Own Web Site
The Components of a Web Page
Web Page Editors
Pictures and Sounds
Web Page Design Tips
Finding a Server to Host Your Web Site
Promoting Your Web Site
Chapter 16: Getting Your Own Domain Name
How to Get Your Own Domain Name
Registering a Domain Name
Choosing a Domain Name
Using Whois to Check a Domain Name
Specifying Contact Names When You Register a Domain Name
Chapter 17: ">How to Do Stuff
Understanding Our Basic Nature
Appendix A: List of Top-Level Internet Domains
Appendix B: Time Zones on the Internet
Appendix C: Abbreviations Used While Talking on the Net