The Internet

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Blogs are online journals or commentaries on specific topics of interest to the writer.

See also RSS.
  • How Blogs Work
    An easy-to-understand overview of blogs, and instructions for publishing your own blog. Produced by

  • Legal Guide for Bloggers
    Blog without getting into legal trouble for what you post.  Provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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The Cloud

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Communicating Online

  • Chat and Instant Messaging

    • Chat and Texting Acronyms
      Discover what AFAIK, L8R and all those other acronyms mean.  Provided by NetLingo.

    • How Chat Rooms Work
      A general overview of chat rooms and how to get started. Produced by

    • How Instant Messaging Works
      An easy-to-understand overview of instant messaging, including information on IM providers. Produced by

  • Email Services

  • Newsgroups, Forums and Mailing Lists

  • Social Networking

  • VoIP (Internet Phone)

    • How VoIP Works
      An easy-to-understand overview of VoIP, its advantages and disadvantages, and more. Produced by

    • Voxilla
      The latest news, information and forums on VoIP.

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Creating Websites

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Getting on the Internet

  • National Broadband Map
    Enter your address and discover home and wireless broadband service for your area. Also includes government data on national broadband coverage.

  • OpenWiFiSpots
    A directory of free wireless (WiFi) hotspots that is continuously updated. Locations can be shown in a list or on a map.

  • Test Your Connection
    Test your connection for download and upload speeds.

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Online Security and Safety

  • Child Safety on the Internet
    •  FBI — Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
      Offers advice for parents on how to recognize and protect children from exploitation on the Internet.

    • NetSmartz Workshop
      Resources for parents, guardians and teachers, and fun, age-appropriate activities to help children age 5 to 17 learn how to be safer when using the Internet. NetSmartz Workshop is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • Guide to Internet Security
    Tips and advice to help you stay safe on the Web from Consumer Reports.

  • How Firewalls Work
    A detailed description of how firewalls protect your computer from

  • Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
    Created by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, this website allows you to file a complaint if you feel you've been the victim of an Internet crime. Your complaint will be reviewed and, if appropriate, forwarded to local or federal law enforcement agencies. Be sure to look at their Internet crime prevention tips and their descriptions of typical Internet crime schemes.

  • Krebs on Security
    Brian Krebs keeps you up to date with the latest information on viruses, software updates and other security holes in your computer.

  • OnGuard Online
    Tips from the federal government to help you avoid scams, secure your computer and protect your personal information.

  • Security Software Reviews
    ConsumerSearch analyzes reviews of antivirus, Internet security and parental control software, and presents a report of top-rated products along with a buying guide of recommended features and useful tips.

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Podcasts are audio or video programs that can be listened to or viewed at your convenience on a computer with a media player or on a portable device. Podcasts can be subscribed to and received automatically.

  • Audacity Open Source Software
    A free, multi-track audio editor and recorder, which can be used to produce podcasts. The Audacity online manual provides the following tutorials:

  • How Podcasting Works
    An overview of podcasting, including information on listening to and creating podcasts. Produced by

  • Podcasting Tutorial for Apple Computers
    A step-by-step guide, with images, for creating and editing narration for use in a podcast using Apple's GarageBand software. Also includes information on how to publish a podcast and additional resources. Provided by kdmcBerkeley.

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RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way to receive news or updates to the information you are interested in without having to search the Web or receive e-mail. RSS feeds can be subscribed to and received automatically on computers or portable devices.

See also blogs.
  • How RSS Works
    An easy-to-understand overview of RSS, RSS readers and creating RSS feeds. Produced by

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Search Engines

  • ListofSearchEngines
    Starting with its selection of the top, general-purpose search engines, this website provides an "extensive list of the major Internet search engines" categorized by type.

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