Archives for September 2014

Online Service : Connecting to One

Connecting to an Online Service

By the End of This Tutorial, You’ll Be Able To:

Ø Connect to one of the big four online services

Ø Pick a local access number (to avoid long-distance charges)

Ø Send and receive mail electronically

Ø Chat live with friends and strangers

Ø Get games, pictures, and other files for free

One of the first things most people do with a modem is connect to one of the big four online services: America Online, Microsoft Network, Prodigy, or CompuServe. When you subscribe to the service (usually for about 10 bucks a month), you get a program that allows you to connect locally to the service (assuming you live near a major town), and you get access to what the service offers. This includes electronic mail, news, research tools, magazines, university courses, and much, much more. [Read more…]

Modem : Buying, Installing, and Using

Buying, Installing, and Using a Modem

By the End of This Tutorial, You’ll Able To:

Ø Name the three things your computer needs in order to communicate with another computer over the phone lines

Ø Read a modem ad or box and understand what it says

Ø Compare the speeds of two modems and tell which is faster

Ø Figure out which type of software you need to do what you want to do

Ø Hook up an internal or external modem—and get it to work

Okay, I admit it, the section opener was a tease. I wanted to tell you all the neat things you could do with a modem, so you would start thinking that you simply can’t live without one. I conveniently left out all the complicated information about shopping for a modem, hooking it up, and figuring out what software you need. Now that I’ve sucked you in, I’ll hit you with the hard stuff. [Read more…]

Files : Copying, Moving, and Deleting

Copying, Moving, and Deleting files

By the End of This Tutorial, You’ll Be Able To;

Ø Pick a peck of files in DOS or Windows

Ø Duplicate files on hard disks or floppies

Ø Move files from one disk or folder to another

Ø Find misplaced flies and other Interesting relics

To take control of your computer, you have to deal with files. To share a file, you might have to copy it to a floppy disk. To reorganize files, you have to move them to different drives or directories. And to do any of these file management tasks, you have to find the files in the first place. If all this sounds fun to you, you probably enjoy whacking your funny bone on your armrest, too. However, these chores are essential if you want to share files and rid your disks of useless trash. [Read more…]

Making and Deleting Directories (Folders)

Making and Deleting Directories (or Folders)

By the End of This Tutorial, You’ll Be Able To:
 List the similarities between a landfill and a hard disk X Jump from directory to directory in Windows or DOS
 Make your own directories for storing files
 Wipe out entire directories with a single command
 Name a directory after your favorite actor [Read more…]

Formatting and Copying Floppy Disks

Formatting and Copying Floppy Disks

By the End of This Tutorial, You’ll Be able To:
 Format brand new floppy disks, so you can store files on them
 Figure out what kind of floppy disk drives you have
 Reuse a floppy disk
 Duplicate disks for fun and profit [Read more…]