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(1) FLASH from Macromedia
Lets us view specially designed text and graphic annimations. Many Web sites are using Flash to design "Splash" entrance pages (Home Pages) to their Web sites, others are using Flash to design entire Web sites, and some people use Flash throughout their Web sites. (Many commercial sites now use Flash).
To view the Flash content of a Web site you need to download the Macromedia Flash plug-in. The "Flash Player" as it is called, runs automatically when you encounter a Web site using Flash animmation.
To Find out more about Flash, goto: FLASH WEB SITE
To Download the Flash Player plug-in, goto: Download Flash Now!
The Flash Player requires only 219k of memory space on your hard drive.
This is a MUST HAVE for surfing the Net.
(2) Windows Media Player
If you don't have this one, get it now. This plug-in can play virtually any kind of media file (with the exception of Apple Quick Time movies.
For complete information, goto: Windows Media WEB SITE
To Download Windows Media Player, goto: Download Windows Media Player Now!
Windows Media Player requires about 9.5 MB of memory on your hard drive.
(3) Quick Time
Quick Time is a popular video format, especially used for down loading movie trailers.
The latest version 5 has all sorts of cool effects; like a 360 degree Virtual Reality.
For more information, goto: Quick Time Web Site
To Download the Quick Time plug-in, goto: Download Quick Time Now!
Quick Time requires only 505K of memory.
Once you've downloaded it, and you want to have some fun, there is an impressive gallery of media clips at: Check Out These Media Clips
(4) Shockwave from Macromedia
If you are a gamer(like to play games on the Internet), you might want to consider this plug-in as well. It also contains the Flash Player plug-in.
Shockwave is mainly used for multimedia games, a variety of which can be found at: Shockwave.Com
For more information, goto: Shockwave WEB SITE
To Download the Shockwave plug-in, goto: Download Shockwave plug-in Now!
Shockwave requires about 3.4 MB of memory.
(5) RealPlayer 8
This is a popular streaming audio and video player. It allows you to watch video broadcasts over the Net. The basic version is FREE, and there is a PLUS version available for $29.95 US.
For more information, goto: RealPlayer 8 WEB SITE
To Download RealPlayer 8 plug-in, goto: Download RealPlayer 8 Now!
The three different plug-in files require the following storage space:
(6) Adobe Acrobat Reader
This computer program is used to display text-based program manulas so they look the same on any computer; no matter which operating system is being used. This is a Portable Document Format (PDF) and you need its "reader" plug-in to view such documents.
For complete information, goto: Acrobat Reader WEB SITE
To Download the Reader plug-in onto yopur computer, goto: Download Acrobat Reader Now!
Acrobat Reader requires about 8.6 MB of memory.
(7) Stuffit Expander
Stuffit Expander is a decompression program. Many files you download from the Internet, or receive in email, are compressed to reduce download time.
To open compressed files you need a program, like Stuffit Expander, to open up these files for use.
This is a FREE Program and can be obtained from: Stuffit Expander
The file requires about 4.1 MB of storage space.
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To choose the search engine that I.E. uses for this shortcut, click on the Search icon in the main tool bar to bring up the Search bar; then click the CUSTOMIZE button, then click the Auto Search Settings button; choose the search engine you would like to use from the list shown, and then click OK twice.
Unsoliticed Commercial Email (SPAM)
No matter how carefully you guard your email address, after a few years on-line more and more spam messages arrive in your email box every day.
Over the months and years, the amount of time you can waste on opening spam, realizing what it is, and dealing with it can result in a significant waste of time.
In your Outlook Express (and any good email client should offer the same filtering tools) you can filter out this spam. Here are a couple of different ways to go about it.
Now when emails come in from these spammers, they will go straight to your DELETE ITEMS folder.
However, because Spammers often use a variety of email accounts, and what's more, valid messages may be coming from that person or domain name, you don't always want them going straight to the DELETE ITEMS folder. So . . .
A little time and effort over the next few weeks of setting up these rules will save you hundreds of hours in the long run.
Email A Web Page To A Friend
Using Windows Update
Most viruses are sent as file attachments. Using an up-to-date Virus Checker, DOUBLE CHECK any attachment you receive before opening it.
A Firewall is a software program or hardware component (or even both) which blocks amature - and most professional hackers from getting inside your computer when you are connected to the Internet.
One of the leading software packages is called "BLACKICE DEFENDER" ($40-$50). It is very easy to install and set-up. It is one of the Best you can get. (Also it works on ADSL lines where many other firewalls do not)>
Check it out at NETWORKICE
Most software retail stores carry BLACKICE DEFENDER or they can order it for you. If you don't have it, we STRONGLY recommend you get it.
Saving Web Pages
Since Web pages are constantly being changed and up-dated, what is there today - might not be there tomorrow. Therefore if you see something you'd really like to have as your very own permant record . . . save the pages to your hard drive. (remember the links no longer work which refer to an on-line address, unless you're on-line when viewing them from your hard drive.) You can save Web pages with or without the graphics and pictures.
STEP 1 Make a folder on your Desktop to hold the saved pages and for quick access. Call the folder something like, "SAVED WEB PAGES".
Saving Without Graphics and Pictures
Open the folder where you saved the file to, and you should find the page saved - minus the pictures and graphics.
Saving With Graphics and Pictures
Optional Way To Save A Web Page and Graphics
Useful to capture graphics from the Web when right-clicking has been disabled (there are other ways, but this is one way to get those images and graphics). DON'T FORGET about Copyright Infringement Laws: ask before you use is a good idea.
Some Companies will pay you to serf the Internet. It's not a "get-rich" scheme, but you can earn a little extra spending money.
If you pay by the hour to use the Internet, forget this money making idea. If you have unlimited Internet access, here's a few sites to get you started.
NOTE:Make sure you read everything carefully and that you understand the terms and policies of each business. Not all offers are the same. Some of these money-for-surfing companies check to see if you are actually watching and will occasionally replace an advert with a question like "Are you watching?" If you don't click to confirm, you lose everything earned. So don't go into this thinking you are going to "scam" the system.
To find other sites, enter "Free Money" into your favorite Search Engine.