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Netbooks: The Missing Manual

Netbooks: The Missing Manual

By J.D. Biersdorfer

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Why Netbooks Are Not Notebooks

Chapter 1: Buying and Setting Up Your Netbook

What to Look for When Buying a Netbook

Customizing and Buying Your Netbook

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Windows Netbook

Seven Things You Should Know About Windows 7

Adding More Programs

Backing Up Your Windows Netbook

Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Linux Netbook

Which Type of Linux

Applications Menu: All Your Programs

Backing Up Your Linux Netbook

Closing Down Your Linux Netbook

Chapter 4: Connecting Devices to Your Netbook

Mice, Trackballs, and Tablets

Setting Up a Printer

Storing Data on External Drives

Capturing Images: Connecting Scanners and Webcams

Listening to Music: MP3 Players and External Speakers

More Resources

Chapter 5: Getting Online

Ways to Connect to the Internet

Getting an Internet Service Provider

Setting Up a Wired Network

Using Public Wireless Networks

Using Your Mobile Phone as a Modem

Using a Dial-Up Connection with Your Netbook

Chapter 6: Email and Web Browsing

Setting Up an Email Program

Email Basics

Using a Web Browser

Transfering Bookmarks from Another Computer

Adding Tools to Your Web Browser

Chapter 7: Business Basics: Word Processing and More

Microsoft Office for Windows Netbooks

Microsoft Office Live Workspace Free Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and More

Google Docs: An Online Alternative

Working with Contacts

Staying on Track with Calendars

Online Calendars

Viewing PDFs with Adobe

Working with Graphics

Welcome to the Free World: Software

Chapter 8: Collaborating with Others

Setting Up Instant Message Software

Video Chat by Instant Messenger

File Transfer by Instant Messenger

Making Phone Calls with Skype

Online Collaboration Sites

Social Networking Sites

Chapter 9: Multimedia Fun: Photos, Music, and Video

Organizing Your Photos

Editing Photos

Photo Sharing Websites

Popular MP3 Jukebox Programs

Playing Digital Music on the Netbook

Recording and Editing Sound

Watching TV and Video Online

Chapter 10: Playing Games

Gaming Websites

Downloading Games

Serious Gaming on a Netbook

Chapter 11: Protecting You and Your Netbook

Ten Online Safety Tips for Netbooks

Keeping Viruses at Bay

Putting Up a Firewall

Other Security Software for Netbooks

Public Wireless Network Security

Protecting Yourself: Ergonomic Tips

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Your Netbook

Troubleshooting Common Problems

Using Remote Assistance

Reinstalling Windows

Built-in Linux Help Files

Maintaining a Linux Netbook

Ubuntu Remote Desktop

Installing (or Reinstalling) Ubuntu

Finding Help and Information Online

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