Basic E-mail Commands


To receive e-mail, you need an e-mail provider, a connection to your provider, and an e-mail client application, such as Eudora or Outlook.  If your ISP has a Post Office Protocol (POP) server, you have a wide choice of e-mail applications. This tutorial lists commands for the most widely used e-mail clients: Eudora, Outlook Express, Outlook 98, Pegasus, and Netscape Messenger, which are available in Mac and Windows versions. CompuServe, an online service, has a POP server, but AOL does not. You can’t use most e-mail programs to get your e-mail if you use AOL; instead, you use AOL’s own program or its Web site. [Read more…]

Basic E-mail Concepts

Basic E-mail Concepts

E-mail provides a wonderful means of communication. It’s nonintrusive your correspondents can read and answer your e-mail when they have the time to do it. But its also very quick, far quicker than the U.S postal service’s snail mail. For people who are logged on at work all day, e-mail can be an almost instantaneous way to communicate. E-mail has its drawbacks too: because e-mail is more casual than a letter or a memo, some people find they write things in an e-mail that they would never write in a regular letter. And because e-mail lacks the nuances of face-to-face or phone conversation, an e-mail message can be more easily misunderstood than verbal communication. [Read more…]

Intranets: Connecting LANs To The Internet


The internet isn’t the only computer network: private computer networks have existed for years. Most large organizations have local area networks (LANs), networks of computers connected by cables, usually in one building or campus, that allow their computers to share files, printers, e-mail and other resources. But the amazing growth of the internet has changed the way users look at LANs. A new kind of LAN has emerged – the intranet – that allows people to access information within the organization by suing web browsers and other internet programs. This tutorial defines intranets, explains what components make up an intranet, and lists the general steps for creating an intranet. This tutorial also describes programs that you can use to connect a small LAN (for example, a few networked computers at home or in a small office) to the internet. [Read more…]

High-speed Connections ISDN, ADSL & Cable Modems

High-speed Connections ISDN, ADSL, and Cable Modems

If you’re used to connecting to the internet through an office network, then dialing from home can be disappointing. At the office, you’re always connected to the internet. You don’t have to remember to dial up. Messages come in and news headlines are updated. File downloads are relateively quick. You might even take advantage of videoconferencing, streaming video news (such as CNN’s web site at, or internet radio. [Read more…]