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Sams Teach Yourself the Internet in 24 Hours, Sixth Edition by Ned Snell

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Chapter 2. What Hardware and Software Do You Need?

Got a computer made within the last 10 years? Then odds are you can get it onto the Internet. The power of your hardware doesn’t have that much to do with whether you can get on the Net. But it has everything to do with what you can do there.

In this hour, you’ll discover the hardware required to use the Internet and explore the available options and the pros and cons of each. After you’ve settled on a computer, you’ll need to know which client programs and other software your Net travels will demand.

At the end of the hour, you’ll be able to answer the following questions:

What kinds of computers can I use to surf the Net, and how should they be equipped?

How fast of a modem do I need?

What’s an ...

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