EEK! A Mouse on My Desk? A Wizard in My Window! What is this STUFF?

Written by Janet L. Hall

EEK! A Mouse on My Desk? A Wizard in My Window! What is this STUFF? By: Janet L. Hall

I sometimes forget, as many of you might, that not everyone I talk or write to is as knowledge as I am using a computer orrepparttar Internet. Now Iím not claiming to be an expert, but I do have a lot of experience.

My computer experience started long before PCís were on every desk orrepparttar 117701 Internet. At first I was a key card operator. I typed information onto a long card, a Holerith. Some of you might remember these cards in your phone or utility bill. DO NOT BEND, FOLD, STAPLE, or PUNCH!

I went from punching cards to teaching a software program, ALL-IN-1. Then for almost eight years I didnít go near a computer. A mouse, whatís that? Windows, Instant Messaging, Internet, Browser Ė I didnít have a clue!! However because ofrepparttar 117702 limited knowledge I had acquired, I soon found myself able to figure out and maneuver my way around a computer andrepparttar 117703 Internet.

You are probably wondering why Iím telling you all this.

Well, last year when I was at a conference, I heard many ofrepparttar 117704 attendees asking, ďDo I really need a web site or email for my business? I donít even know what a browser is, let alone HTML code!Ē

Not everyone hasrepparttar 117705 experience that you or I might. Everyday thousands of people are turning on a computer forrepparttar 117706 first time or getting onrepparttar 117707 Internet forrepparttar 117708 first time. Or worse, fed up and frustrated because they donít have any help. So here inrepparttar 117709 Computer Corner Iíd like to start a new series starting with definitions and then taking you step-by-step throughrepparttar 117710 world of owning and creating a web site.


Address-Location of a file or Web Page. Onrepparttar 117711 Internet, also know asrepparttar 117712 URL. Backup-Save your computer information on your hard drive that you save to another form of media. Boot-To start up your computer Browser-Sometimes called a Web Browser. This isrepparttar 117713 software program you use to move aroundrepparttar 117714 Internet, such as Internet Explorer, Netscape. Cache-Temporary storage area for Windows and Internet places recently used files, or pages visited. Case Sensitive-The difference between upper case letters and lower case letters, such as JANET or janet. CD-ROM-Computer Disc Read-Only Memory. High capacity storage. Also known as a CD. CD-ROM Drive-Hardware device needed to use a CD. Can be internal or external. Click-Press and releaserepparttar 117715 left or right side of your mouse. Clipboard-Temporary stored information that youíve Cut or Copied from a program, file, or document that you might want to paste into another program, file, or document. Command Prompt-symbol that looks like C: or A:. A place where you might need to type instructions Ė commands. CPU-Central Processing Unit, Chip in your computer thatís responsible for executing program instructions. Cursor-Little blinking line on your computer screen that shows you where you are or where your next letter will appear when you type. Default-predicted setting, such as whenever you create a document,repparttar 117716 font and font size are alwaysrepparttar 117717 same setting unless you change it. Defragmentation-Process of rewriting files to adjacent sections of a hard disk. Parts of files can become fragmented Ė spread over different areas of your hard disk (drive) which causes slower disk speed. Dial-Up Network-A way to connect torepparttar 117718 Internet through a modem and telephone lines. Directory- Disk Drive-Hardware where your files are stored, typically labeled C: or (C:). Download-Copy files from one computer to another, such as download a file or program fromrepparttar 117719 Internet to your computer. Driver-Software to control hardware, such as a print driver. DSL- DVD-High-capacity compact disc that can store data. Must have a DVD disc drive or player.

Are You Finding What You REALLY Need?

Written by Janet L. Hall

Are You Finding What You REALLY Need?: Internet Searching Techniques By: Janet L. Hall

Rememberrepparttar game Hide & Seek? Just likerepparttar 117700 game, websites can be hiding from you onrepparttar 117701 Internet while you try to seek out particular information, services, or products. How do you find what you are seeking?

The Internet is likerepparttar 117702 KING of all Libraries. Amongrepparttar 117703 stacks you seek. Amongrepparttar 117704 librarians (search engines and directories) you perform a query. But if you don't knowrepparttar 117705 language,repparttar 117706 search criteria, or your way around, you can get lost playing endless hours of hide & seek.

In order for you to locaterepparttar 117707 information or site you're seeking, several things must have happened:

>> The site owner must register or submit their site withrepparttar 117708 directory in which you are doing a search. Then a real person goes and checks out their site and decides ifrepparttar 117709 site is worthy of getting listed in their directory.

>> The site owner must register or submit their site withrepparttar 117710 search engine in which you are doing a search ORrepparttar 117711 search engine's robots or spiders must have * crawled through * their websites which will rank them by many different factors. The most important factor isrepparttar 117712 use and weight ofrepparttar 117713 site owner's use of keywords.

When you do a search or a query, you type in a word or phrase of words, right? Here is where you might not find what you are looking for becauserepparttar 117714 site owner or webmaster didn't put inrepparttar 117715 keywords you are typing inrepparttar 117716 search window.

Therefore,repparttar 117717 site owner or webmaster must determine what keywords are important for each page on their website and what word(s) you will type in a search window to find their site. The words you type in might not berepparttar 117718 webmasters keywords, so you don't find what you are looking for.

To make matters worse, each search engine and directory can have their own search criteria; however, most are very similar.

Using particular search strategies can help narrow your search and hopefully findrepparttar 117719 stuff more relevant to what you are seeking.

Seven Searching Techniques to try:

>> Readrepparttar 117720 help section ofrepparttar 117721 search engine or directory

>> Put word(s) in quotation marks; tells most search engines you're looking for that exact term

>> Type in lowercase letters; many search engines are case-sensitive

>> Be specific - instead of typing in organizers, type in professional organizers

>> Type inrepparttar 117722 plural form ofrepparttar 117723 word

>> Type inrepparttar 117724 word(s) misspelled, such as organizers or organisers or orgnaizers

>> Type in a longer variation ofrepparttar 117725 word, instead of organize, type in organizing.

Anthony Muller, President of Web Mercs, said in his article, * How to Avoidrepparttar 117726 Most Common Myths and Blunders of Search Engine Optimization *:

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