Chapter 1

Getting Equipped for the Internet

Get ready to …

arrow Select Hardware to Match Your Use

arrow Know What Options to Look For

arrow Shop for Your Device of Choice

arrow Browse for a Browser

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that you need really fancy equipment to get started online, but you must have a computer or at the least a tablet. These days, there are more choices than you can imagine for joining the online social scene. If you’re in the market for some technology to get you there, you’ve got a few choices, which I tell you about in this chapter.

Shopping for a computer or other Internet-capable device can be a dizzying experience. In fact, it’s downright confusing. I suggest you go to a store and kick a few tires (or try out a few keyboards) before you make a decision. Also, recognize that your decisions about digital equipment depend on how and where you plan to connect online. Follow my advice in this chapter to evaluate your computer use and find the right source for your equipment.

Along with your hardware of choice and an Internet connection (see Chapter 2), you need just one ...

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