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Language: Web Development
Expertise: Beginner
Mar 11, 1997

Is there a document that explains the basics of online computing?

Question:
Is there a document that explains the basics of online computing?

Answer:
No. There is no single document that can explain it all. The world of online computing is vast and means different things to different people.

For example, there are private commercial network services like AOL, Prodigy and Compuserve, each of which has its own rules for navigating and participating. Then there are hundreds, if not thousands, of private bulletin board systems (BBS's), each of which are also different. Then there is the Internet -- the World Wide Web and newsgroups. How you access these various forms of online computing depends on the type of provider you are using for your online access, and how you want to participate. Some people prefer to "lurk" (read what other people post) or "browse" (passively view Web pages), others like to "surf" (more actively navigate the Web) and still others like to "post" (provide comments and feedback in an online forum).

There are tomes of information that have been written about online computing, and more recently, about the Internet. Check your local library and browse through some of them to get a better idea of where your particular interest might lie. Ask the librarian for some help, you'd be surprised how much they can tell you. And definitely read up on modems, as they are the chief means by which most people access cyberspace right now.

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