Chapter 4. More Than Webbed Feet

Connecting to the Internet

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These days, the average home computer user spends more time surfing the Web and writing email messages than doing just about anything else. Even if you’re not much of a surfer, numerous applications that aren’t really Internet applications per se still use the Internet in someway, such as by gathering song and album information when you rip audio CDs to create MP3 files. Having a computer that isn’t hooked up to the Internet is like buying a new Maserati and then refusing to take it out of the garage.

Of course, how you connect to the Internet depends on your hardware and provider. There ...

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