Okay. So you've been handing over your hard-earned cash to your ISP for about 12 months now, and you've got as far as watching your kids log onto kidz.com, build their own Web site, and dabble with a little e-commerce. But, you still wonder what all dot.com the fuss is about.
The Internet for Dummies (Australian Edition) is a cross-platform road map to the information superhighway. It helps you browse, zip, stuff, download, upload, chat, e-mail, search, shop, post, buy shares, play games, and design a basic Web site.
The book covers just about everything the beginner needs to become a Net junkie, and offers to those already familiar with the Web a good reference and a range of extras, such as information on how to make the most of the more unfamiliar' applications on the Net - such as Usenet news and newsgroups, LISTSERV, mail lists, and FTP (Hard-Core FTP-ing By Using WS_FTP).
The Internet for Dummies explains all you need to know about e-mail and online chat groups how-ever, details on how best to protect your privacy while engaging in these new modes of communication is somewhat lacking.
The book also has a chapter on the advantages the Internet can offer to children and students, including information on how parents can keep kids away from some of the seedier sides of the Web. For about the price of one month's net connection, The Internet for Dummies - complete with a CD-ROM with all the software you'll need to do most of the tasks in the book (and free Net hours with OzEmail) - is a comprehensive guide to the online world.