In This Chapter
Getting an overview of the Internet
Presurfing with the Network System Preferences pane
Finding out about the .Mac (dot‐Mac) services
Surfing the Web with Safari
Searching with Google
Chatting with iChat AV
These days, networking online is easier than finding a log to fall off: You simply use the Internet to connect your Mac to a wealth of information residing on computers around the world. Luckily for you, Mac OS X has the best and most comprehensive Internet tools ever shipped with a Mac operating system.
Mac OS X offers built‐in Internet connectivity right out of the box. For example, Mac OS X Leopard comes with
Apple's Safari Web browser, which you use to navigate the Web, download remote files via FTP, and more
iChat AV, Apple's live online chatting client that works with other iChat users, people using AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) clients, people using Jabber (an open‐source chatting protocol), and Bonjour (which discovers other users on your local area network)
The Mail application (for e‐mail)
In this chapter, I cover the top two things most people use the Internet for: the
World Wide Web (that's the
www you see so often in Internet addresses) and
live chatting with iChat AV. You can find all about Mail and Address Book in Chapter 10.
But before I can talk about browsers, e‐mail software, and chatting, I have to help you configure your Internet connection. When you're finished, you can play with your browsers, mail, and chat applications to ...