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Unread 26-11-2007, 08:28 AM   #1
richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk
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How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet, and bring yourself up to the 21st century!

I have posted this posting to help anyone quickly and easily learn how
to use some of the main things available on the internet. Normally, I
start with showing people how to surf (visit) web pages, and then how
to search for web pages on a particular subject, using search engines
like google. Not being with you in person, however, I shall just
assume that you know how to do this, and will show you the next 3 main
things which the internet can be used for, namely; communicating,
entertainment, and banking. All of this can be done on any computer
anywhere, which is connected to the internet. So, you do not even
have to own a computer, as there are so many places with internet
access computers! The only thing which warrants owning your own
computer, is when you want to buy and download songs or videos to keep
(covered under entertainment on the internet). I do, however, advise
buying a computer, so that you can enjoy ALL of the main things
available on the internet, INCLUDING buying music and videos. A great
idea is to buy a wifi enabled laptop from a small outlet where you can
tell them what you need it for. You can then get used to the internet
gently, accessing it in "wifi hotspots". Ask at a small computer
outlet for a laptop which you can use in "wifi hotspots", and ask to
have Skype and itunes installed onto the "DESKTOP" for you. Also, ask
that your laptop comes with a headset (earphones and mouthpiece) to
use for making phonecalls over the internet (covered under
communicating over the internet).

So, to learn about 3 main things you can use the internet for, read
the following (NB: website addresses, etc shown are valid at the time
I am posting this (July 2007)):

COMMUNICATING OVER THE INTERNET


1. Email

Probably the most well known method of communicating over the internet
is emailing. This is the sending of typed messages from one email
account to another email account. An email account is, for all intent
and purposes, part of a website which holds email accounts, and
belongs to a particular person. They set up their email account
themselves. The word "account", used here, just means space on the
website holding the email accounts, belonging to a person.

To set up an email account for yourself, visit www.hotmail.com , click
sign up, and follow the instructions!

To get started using Hotmail email, click help AT THE TOP RIGHT HAND
CORNER of the hotmail website, and read topics - Write and send a new
message, and Read and respond to messages.


2. Instant messaging

Instant messaging is another way of communicating over the internet.
This is the EXCHANGING of typed messages in real time (the present)
between people. So, for two people to instant message each other,
both must be online at the same time (using the internet at the same
time), and must both be logged into their instant messaging accounts
(this differs from emailing, where, since email messages are SENT from
one email account to another email account, over the internet, the
recipient of an email can be offline altogether when the sender sends
an email to them, reading it when they are next online and logged into
their email account).

When you want to instant message with someone you know is online on
their instant messaging account, visit the WEB BASED msn instant
messaging site at http://webmessenger.msn.com/ , click start msn web
messenger, and log in using your username and password which you
created for your hotmail email account. Web based means that it
functions fully on the web, dispensing with the need for you to
download any software from the web!


3. Telephoning over the internet

Personally, though, I don't see the point in instant messaging when
you can make telephone calls over the internet! This completely
"dinosaurs" instant messaging, since you TALK to a person in real time
like you do making a conventional telephone call! Telephoning over
the internet has the generic name of V.O.I.P. (Voice Over Internet
Protocol). Visit http://www.skype.com/download/ and download the
latest version of Skype, if it is not already installed on the
computer.

To create a Skype name:

Open the Skype application on your computer.

Click the "Don't have a Skype Name" link. The Create a new Skype
Account dialog will display.

Follow the instructions to create a new Skype account.

You can call any other Skype user on their computer for free from your
computer, regardless of where about in the world they are! And, you
can make local and international calls from Skype on your computer to
mobile and landline telephones at cheap prices (to do this you have to
buy Skype Credit). Skype credit can be bought with debit card, or
using PayPal. To set up a PayPal acciount, visit https://www.paypal.com/
, click Sign Up Now, and follow the instructions (do this setting up
of your PayPal account on a secure computer, a computer with antivirus
software, etc).

To call another Skype user on their computer, once you have added them
to your contacts list, just open the Skype application on your
computer, sign into your Skype account, and then, just click on the
person you want to call, and click on the green call button. To
terminate the call, click the RED button.

To call landlines and mobiles from Skype, open the Skype application
on your computer, and sign into your Skype account, and then:
- Select the Dial tab.
- Select the country or region you wish to call from the drop down
menu.
- Use the dial pad to enter the phone number or type it directly into
the textbox. You do not need to include the country code, Skype will
add this automatically.
- Click on the green call button. To terminate the call, click the
RED button.

To send an sms (text message) from Skype to a mobile telephone:
Enter a phone number in the dial pad and click the SMS button. This
opens the SMS window.
Please be sure that the number to which you are trying to send an SMS
message is capable of receiving SMS (or SMS enabled).

**From now on, you won't have to walk away from the internet and use a
mobile or landline telephone to call someone, just Skype them from the
computer!**



ENTERTAINMENT ON THE INTERNET - MUSIC AND VIDEOS


4. Buying music and videos over the internet that you want to keep

Visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ , and download the itunes
software, if it is not already installed on the computer.

Open the itunes application on your computer, and then click itunes
store.

Firstly, create an itunes account by clicking store (AT THE TOP OF THE
SCREEN), then clicking Create Account, and then following the
instructions.

Next, authorise your computer to play your future purchases by
clicking store, and then clicking Authorise Computer.

Use your PayPal account you created for crediting Skype to credit your
itunes account.

To buy a song or video (film, pop video, etc) click the buy button on
that song or video, and follow the instructions. The price of the
song or video is then charged to your account, and the song or video
is downloaded to your computer!

NB: On the rare occasions that the downloading of a song or video is
interrupted, and therefore not completed, simply;

Click store, and then click check for purchases. Then enter your
itunes account details, and finally click check. For any incomplete
downloads, download begins!

**Never again will you need to buy a cd or dvd! So, say bye bye to
shopping in the likes of HMV or Virgin high street stores!**


5. Watching Videos on the internet

If you only want to WATCH a particular film, but don't want to keep
it, i.e. you don't want to permanently download it to your computer,
then visit www.tv-links.co.uk and click movies. This has many recent
films. **No need to rent these films from the likes of Blockbusters
anymore!**

To find various pop videos to watch without permanently downloading,
visit www.findinternettv.com , click video, and type in a search, e.g.
kylie.


6. Watching web television stations and listening to web radio
stations on the internet

To watch some web television, visit www.gonnahaves.com

To listen to some web radio stations from all over the world, visit
www.surfmusic.de



7. BANKING ON THE INTERNET

There are now many banks and other financial institutions which are
internet based, i.e. only operate on the internet with customers
dealing with them through their website. However, if you have your
savings with a traditional bank, that doesn't usually mean that you
can't do your banking on the internet! Just enquire at one of your
bank's branches, and they will give you a username, etc and the
website address to visit for you to start banking online with them!
You will be able to view balances, transactions, and statements as
well as being able to move funds between your accounts online. As
well as being convenient for you, and economical for the bank
(internet customers are cheaper for them, and so the bank has more
money for interest top ups on accounts), it is also ecological, as
internet banking uses less paper!

NB:Only access your bank accounts online on computers you know are
secure with antivirus software, etc, like, say, the bank's computers,
your own, computers in your work, etc.



Something quite cool and worth a mention!

This has so far been all about the internet, and although I love my
mobile telephone for telephoning or texting (sms-ing) from anywhere, i
do not like the ones used for pictures, songs, mobile internet or WAP
(WHEN IT WORKS, APPARENTLY!). I use the internet for all that.
However, there is a cool service in Britain and in the USA which
involves your mobile and the internet communicating, namely the Google
SMS Service. With this, you can do basic google queries (searches)
from any sms (text) compatable phone. Results usually arrive at your
phone within a minuite, and are text (sms) based only. So, you simply
text (sms) your search word(s) to a specific mobile telephone no:, and
the results are texted back to you!

This may be TEMPORARILY unavailable in the UK just now, but hopefully
will soon be well!

Visit www.sms.google.co.uk and www.sms.google.co.uk/howtouse.html ,
these websites tell you more about this Google SMS Service!



A few points of interest

Many goods and services can be paid for over the internet through
websites (e.g. buying equipment, topping up mobile phone credit, etc)
which means that as well as being cashless (you use your debit card),
you do not even have to come off the internet to buy the good/
service! Another good example of this, in the UK, is that you are now
able to buy online lottery tickets, i.e. play the national lottery
online at http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/home/home.do !
As well as being cashless, and the fact that you don't have to leave
the internet, buying things online quite often saves paper, as do many
other online services like online banking.

Leaving the internet aside, cashlessness - paying with debit card for
most things is great - I only withdraw cash from cash dispensers
(ATMs) for bus fares, to buy the odd pint of milk, etc. This also
applies when you go abroad - you can now pay for many things with your
debit card abroad, and the need to withdraw cash from ATMs abroad is
kept to a minimum (you can withdraw cash abroad now!) - gone are the
days of packing lots of travellers' cheques and wads of overseas cash
to go abroad!

I have a deposit account and a current account (which, of course, is
the account which the debit card debits), and I always keep the
minimum amount of money I can in the current account, only topping it
up when I need to, from the funds in my deposit account. I transfer
the money from my deposit account to my current account, online on a
secure computer (online banking is mentioned above!). I can log on
anywhere in the world, to my bank's website, and transfer funds from
my deposit to my current account. Thank goodness for online banking!
Keeping the minimum amount of money I can, in my current account,
meqans that should anyone steal my card details from the internet,
from a shop, or wherever, then they will only be able to steal a
minimum amount of money!

Cashlessness exists in other forms as well as debit cards, an example
being that you can now top up mobile phone credit from many ATMs (the
money is debited from your bank account). I love cashlessness!!


If you are interested in some background on the internet, you can
visit one of my earlier postings at
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt...454a4ef15a0ed9

or at http://www.nnseek.com/e/alt.cellular...24685050t.html

A correction that I would like to make to these earlier postings is
that WAP (the mobile internet, for mobile telephones) is PSTN, and not
IP! I should have realised this!


Hope this post helps you, if you are wanting to get going using the
internet!


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Unread 26-11-2007, 08:28 AM   #2
Andy Burns
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Re: How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet,and bring yourself up to the 21st century!

On 10/07/2007 12:03, richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk ranted:

> I have posted this posting to help anyone quickly and easily learn how
> to use some of the main things available on the internet.


And how many people do you think will be around on usenet without
knowing all of that?
 
Unread 26-11-2007, 08:28 AM   #3
Mike
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Re: How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet, and bring yourself up to the 21st century!

On Tue, 10 Jul 2007 04:03:27 -0700, richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk wrote:

>An email account is, for all intent
>and purposes, part of a website which holds email accounts, and
>belongs to a particular person.


Sorry, but that's complete and utter rubbish.

What does this have to do with uk.telecom anyway?

Mike.

 
Unread 26-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
Ant
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Re: How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet, and bring yourself up to the 21st century!

"Andy Burns" wrote:

> On 10/07/2007 12:03, richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk ranted:
>> I have posted this posting to help anyone quickly and easily learn how
>> to use some of the main things available on the internet.

>
> And how many people do you think will be around on usenet without
> knowing all of that?


Ah, but he doesn't know about usenet or netnews. He thinks this is a
Gargle Grope.


 
Unread 26-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #5
Graham.
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Re: How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet, and bring yourself up to the 21st century!


"Ant" <not@home.today> wrote in message
news:E8WdneGwN5WImwnbnZ2dnUVZ8tSdnZ2d@brightview.c o.uk...
> "Andy Burns" wrote:
>
>> On 10/07/2007 12:03, richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk ranted:
>>> I have posted this posting to help anyone quickly and easily learn how
>>> to use some of the main things available on the internet.

>>
>> And how many people do you think will be around on usenet without
>> knowing all of that?

>
> Ah, but he doesn't know about usenet or netnews. He thinks this is a
> Gargle Grope.


Oh, give the kid a break guys, he/she is probably no more than 8 years old.

--

Graham.
%Profound_observation%


 
Unread 26-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #6
Ivor Jones
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Re: How to use the internet - quickly and easily learn the internet, and bring yourself up to the 21st century!

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"Mike" <mike@kempston.net> wrote in message
news:gso793d5urlik9uqvc2hjv33sgab23piko@news.kemps ton.net...
> On Tue, 10 Jul 2007 04:03:27 -0700, richardskaa@hotmail.co.uk wrote:
>
>>An email account is, for all intent
>>and purposes, part of a website which holds email accounts, and
>>belongs to a particular person.

>
> Sorry, but that's complete and utter rubbish.
>
> What does this have to do with uk.telecom anyway?


No idea, but anyone who thinks VoIP begins and ends with Skype has a lot
to learn.

Ivor



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