Introduction to the Internet
About the Internet
About the Internet
This is a quick introduction to the basic Internet functions: World Wide Web, electronic mail (e-mail), newsgroups, chat rooms and FTP. Later, we cover the special features you get as a Qwest.net subscriber, including the basics of creating your own Web site. We also include Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), information about software reinstallation, a glossary of Internet terms and an index.
When we list specific steps for using software applications, Microsoft® Windows® 95/98 is the primary system. If Macintosh® instructions are significantly different, we'll include a Platform icon and a note about the differences.
About the World Wide Web
Most of what you hear about the Internet is about the World Wide Web (Web). The Web gives you around-the-clock access to information on just about any topic you can imagine. And Qwest.net delivers it to your computer.
As with many inventions, the Web has become more than anyone ever dreamed. The original Internet created the basic technical structure to join us together, but the Web merged the original Internet with modern graphics, colorful screens, sound and animation to create a user-friendly interface. The Web uses a technology called hypertext or hyperlinks.
Web hyperlinks make the Internet widely accessible because they let you access information with simple mouse clicks instead of arcane computer commands. The hyperlinks on the Web have created a system that lets you access the accumulated knowledge in the world's libraries or tap into resources on just about any topic you can imagine. And you have access to this information twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
King probably wasn't thinking of the Internet when he wrote about the "network of mutuality," but it's possible—the Internet existed even back then. Whether or not King knew it, today we have a network that has joined together just about every civilization on this planet. That means that, for the first time in history, many of us have the ability to communicate with people throughout the world to share ideas and viewpoints. We're excited about helping you join in this unprecedented, global undertaking. Thank you for letting Qwest.net provide your link to this incredible online world called the Internet.
Internet electronic mail (e-mail) enables you to swap messages with anyone on the Internet anywhere in the world.
The best part is that it's free through Qwest.net. There are no distance-based or per-message charges for our e-mail. E-mail will revolutionize the way you conduct much of your communication. For "netiquette" details on using Internet e-mail with the Netscape® Communicator, see the netiquette page in this online guide.
Internet newsgroups—sometimes referred to as the Usenet—are electronic discussion forums. Newsgroups are akin to community bulletin boards upon which people can post notices, but they serve the global community and have no formal membership requirements—anyone on the Internet can read and post messages. No one can accurately count their number, but there are more than 30,000 public newsgroups. There also are private newsgroups, but counting them would be impossible.
Internet Chat Rooms
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
You can use the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to transfer computer files between your computer and other computers on the Internet. You'll use it mostly to transfer files into your computer from larger systems (download or receive), though you also can transfer files from your computer to others (upload or send). The Internet has thousands of FTP sites and millions of files available via FTP, most of which are available via anonymous FTP.
What can you get using FTP? Just about anything you can imagine that can be stored on a computer: software, drivers for computer peripherals, documents, spreadsheets, maps, photos, audio clips and video clips.
Changing your password
As further protection, we give you the ability to change your password. So, if for any reason, you suspect that someone may know your password, just change it. Click on the Home button to visit the Qwest.net home page, then select Account Tools, then select the password option. Then follow the instructions you see to select and enter a new password.
Access to localized content
Many Internet service providers merely provide a connection and then leave you on your own—but that is not how we work. We deliver this service to you reliably, at all hours of the day. Consistent with our policy of strong customer involvement, we provide you with access to the Qwest.net home page that links you to local content including weather, sports, and news. Of course we also link you to a wealth of national and global online content as well.
FAQs from Qwest.net subscribers
Have questions? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn't covered, check our online help system or e-mail our technical support.
Q: What's so special about Qwest.net Internet services?
Q: Will I miss any e-mail messages while my computer is off?
Q: Does everyone in the family have to share the same e-mail?
Q: Is my identity protected while I'm using the Internet?
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