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how do i get started using the internet world wide web

How Do I Get Started Using the Internet / World Wide Web ?

Presentation for

Montcalm Potato

Research Field Day

August 12, 1999

what is the internet web
What is the Internet / Web ?

A collection of computers that communicate with each other in a “common language”

server

you

  • Once you are “on the internet” you can:
    • read available information
    • send / receive email
    • ask / answer question on a newsgroup
    • have “realtime” chats via the keyboard
    • have “realtime” video communications
    • order products
deciding to get connected
Deciding to Get Connected

Today we hope to help you think about how you might use internet services

  • What Computer Stuff Do I Need?
  • Choosing an ISP ( Internet Service Provider )
  • Examples of Potato Related Information
  • Finding and Identifying Good Information
what computer hardware
What Computer Hardware?
  • Necessary
    • internal components
    • external peripherals
  • Nice, if affordable
internal computer hardware
Internal Computer Hardware
  • CPU –486 or better; Intel Pentium, Pentium II, Celeron; Cyrix M II, 5x86, Media GX, 6x86 MX
  • memory – 32Mb or more; 64Mb recommended (memory is currently cheap); 128K cache or more
  • graphic interface – 4 Mb memory minimum
  • disk storage – several gigabytes (4 Gb seems to be the low end of new machines); 3-1/2” floppy
  • CDRom drive – for loading software
  • modem – 56K bps v.90PCI data or data/fax ( depending on line quality, transmission speed may be less )
external computer hardware
External Computer Hardware
  • monitor – 15" or larger; 0.28" or smaller dot pitch
  • keyboard – 101 key, “natural”
  • screen pointer – mouse, track-ball, joystick
  • printer – dot-matrix, ink jet, laser
  • telephone line ( not a PBX line )
nice but not necessary
Nice, But Not Necessary
  • sound card and speakers
  • microphone
  • network card ( unless you have an office network )
  • DVD ( digital video disk ) replaces CDRom
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Dell Dimension L ModelL400c

Purchase Price$859 (July 29, 1999)

ProcessorIntel® Celeron™ Processor at 400MHz

ChassisMicro Tower

Memory 64MB 100MHz SDRAM

Cache128KB Integrated L2

Hard Drive4.3GB1 Ultra ATA

Monitor15" (13.8" viewable) 800F Monitor

GraphicsIntel 3D AGP Graphics

CD-ROM/DVD40X Max Variable CD-ROM Drive

SoundSoundBlaster 64V PCI Sound Card

Speakersharman/kardon HK-195 Speakers

56k Capable4 ModemFREE 3Com® USRobotics V.90PCI WinModem

SoftwareMicrosoft® Works Suite 99 with Money 99 Basic;

McAfee VirusScan 4.02

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows® 98, Second Edition

KeyboardQuietKey® Keyboard

MouseLogitech First Mouse+Wheel (PS/2v)

Warranty3 Year Limited Warranty

Service1 Year Next-Business-Day At-Home Service

making the computer speak internet
Making the Computer Speak Internet
  • Computer operating system
    • Windows 95 / 98
  • Web browser
    • Internet Explorer
    • Netscape
  • Application software
    • Adobe reader
    • Readplayer
  • Email software

Hi, web

world ...

email addresses you@isp domain country
Email Addresses you@ISP.domain.country
  • you - your email name
  • ISP - your Internet Service Provider
  • domain - com, org, net, edu, gov, mil
  • country - not used for US addresses; generally a 2-letter designator

brook@msue.msu.edu

runwater@yahoo.com

rbrook@agstorageinfo.com

making email effective
Making Email Effective
  • use a name and return address
  • use a subject line
  • do NOT use only uppercase use bullets instead of long paragraphs
  • put blank line between paragraphs
  • if relying to a message, use parts of original
  • use spell cheeck (if available)
  • email is sent immediately; think twice before sending something offensive
emoticons
Emoticons

Full Version Abbreviated

:‑) Happy :)

(‑: Left Handed (:

:‑( Sad :(

;‑) Winky ;)

#‑) Oh, what a night! #)

8‑O Yelling/Shocked 8O

:‑| Frowning :|

choosing an internet service provider isp

Choosing an Internet Service Provider ( ISP )

Don Smucker

Montcalm Co. Extension

examples of potato related internet resources

Examples of Potato Related Internet Resources

Brendan Niemira

Botany & Plant Pathology

finding and identifying good information
Finding and Identifying Good Information

It’s on the web,

therefore its ...

effective web searching
Effective Web Searching
  • Search Guides – divide information in categories; provide a thumb-nail review of a site; useful for “popular” inquiries; examples: Yahoo, Infoseek, potato.msu.edu
  • Search Engines – look at sites to find words or phrases; useful for specific inquires not indexed by a search guide; examples Altavista, Webcrawler, AskJeeves
better inquiries with search engines
Better Inquiries with Search Engines
  • use “quotation marks“ for specific phrases
    • using Roger Brook finds 592,050 web pages
    • using “Roger Brook” finds 88 web pages
    • using “Roger C. Brook” finds 10 web pages
  • use + (plus) and - (minus) signs
    • “James Bond” +”Sean Connery” -“Pierce Bosnan” -“Roger Moore” (9556 hits)
  • use capital letters if you want a specific word / phrase capitalization
critically evaluating web resources
Critically Evaluating Web Resources
  • Scope - purpose, relevance
  • Authority - who, organization
  • Accuracy - spelling, sources, links
  • Objectivity - advertising, bias
  • Currency - dates, links
  • Design/presentation