Internet Essentials

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Internet Essentials

  1. 1. Good Morning Everyone! Internet Essentials Course Presented by Quinte West Public Library and Peter Ferguson
  2. 2. What is the Internet? <ul><li>It is a &quot;network of networks“ </li></ul><ul><li>consists of millions of smaller domestic, academic, business, and government networks, </li></ul><ul><li>worldwide, publicly accessible network of interconnected computer networks that transmit data using the standard Internet Protocol (IP). </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>ARPANET started in 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>TCP/IP occurred in July 1977 </li></ul><ul><li>links were all converted to TCP/IP in 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>late 1980s, first Internet service providers (ISP) </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Web in 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Excerpts from wikipedia.org </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the World Wide Web <ul><li>Internet is a physical collection of computer networks </li></ul><ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accessible via the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a collection of interconnected documents </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Browsers <ul><li>A web browser is a software application enabling a user to display text, images, and other information typically located on a web page at a website on the World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Netscape Navigator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple Safari </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mozilla Firefox </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Finding Information <ul><li>Directory specializes in categorizing links to other web sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo , LookSmart, Gimpsy, Geniusfind Answers.com, Open Directory Project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Engine is a document retrieval system designed to help find information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google , Ask.com, HotBot, MSN Search, Snap, Dogpile, Info.com, Mamma </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Searching the Internet
  8. 8. Google Search Engine <ul><li>Number one Search Engine </li></ul>
  9. 9. Google Web Features
  10. 10. Google Features <ul><li>Google - Similar Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean Operators ( AND, OR, +, -) </li></ul><ul><li>allintitle: search item </li></ul><ul><li>allinurl: search URL </li></ul><ul><li>info:site address </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to find out about site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>link:site addresses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to find sites linked to initial site </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Numerical Searches <ul><li>use it as a calculator </li></ul><ul><li>1965..1975 for events </li></ul><ul><li>$150..$300 for products </li></ul><ul><li>225..455 for street number addresses </li></ul>
  12. 12. Text Searches <ul><li>define: meaning of word following (no space) </li></ul><ul><li>translate pages by clicking translate button </li></ul><ul><li>Google - Language tools allow you to translate any text using Google </li></ul><ul><li>choose language and paste text and then translate </li></ul>
  13. 13. Finding….. <ul><li>find a person by name and city </li></ul><ul><li>find a business phone number by adding in the other information </li></ul><ul><li>stocks by typing in stock code then click stock quotes on results page </li></ul>
  14. 14. Travelling ? <ul><li>flight information (www.flightarrivals.com) just type in flight carrier and number </li></ul><ul><li>find maps by typing in addresses </li></ul><ul><li>check airport weather by typing flight carrier and number and three letter airport code Toronto (YYZ) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Finding Images <ul><li>Google - images </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced image Search for searching by size or type </li></ul><ul><li>strict filtering to avoid adult images </li></ul>
  16. 16. Google - News <ul><li>Directory format </li></ul><ul><li>Google - News (4500 news organizations) </li></ul><ul><li>search news stories </li></ul><ul><li>sort by date option </li></ul><ul><li>select by Nation at bottom of results page </li></ul><ul><li>translate foreign news by right-clicking story and choosing language </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced News Search </li></ul>
  17. 17. Google - audio / video <ul><li>+file type (.wav, .avi, mpeg) </li></ul><ul><li>Google - pdf, doc, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>choose file type from advanced </li></ul>
  18. 18. Google - Toolbar add-in <ul><li>Downloaded and installed into Browser </li></ul><ul><li>allow blocked pop-ups </li></ul><ul><li>highlight button to highlight searched words in a resulting document / page </li></ul>
  19. 19. Froogle - for products or services for sale <ul><li>sort by price </li></ul><ul><li>limit results by category </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced search by category listing </li></ul>
  20. 20. Google - Groups <ul><li>listings of newsgroups which are postings by people </li></ul><ul><li>search by topic, then by date </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced group search </li></ul><ul><li>select discussion thread to follow topic </li></ul><ul><li>post a reply (response) </li></ul><ul><li>post a new message </li></ul>
  21. 21. Google <ul><li>ask experts questions </li></ul><ul><li>for as little as .50 per question </li></ul>
  22. 22. Summary <ul><li>What is the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>History of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Directories & Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>Searching the Internet </li></ul>
  23. 23. Happy Computing Peter Ferguson 613-965-6777 [email_address]

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