Buying a computer
- When buying a computer you should keep
a few in things in mind. Primary considerations include the company
which produces the computer. Vendors vary in the parts that they
use in their computers, their technical support and their history.
From a hardware standpoint:
- The faster the processor
the better...Intel and AMD produce good processors.
- The more memory
the faster the machine.
- The hard drive requirements will vary
according to your needs.
- Most people could probably get by with
a 4 gigabyte hard drive, but present machines include hard drives
that are much larger..
- The modem should be at least 56K
and support v90
- Winmodems are not recommended.
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produces good computers.
Micron produces good computers.
Compaq produces reasonable
Acer produces reasonable computers.
Hewlett Packard produces reasonable
Gateway produces some good
Mail Order Companies
PcConnection has fast,
reliable service with great tech support.
TcComputers has good
service and good tech support.. I built a computer with
parts purchased from this group... if you're into that type on
Getting an Internet
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- Getting an Internet service provider or
can be almost as important as purchasing a computer. An ISP with
good service and fast connections can make the Internet experience
very rewarding. Conversely, a provider with a slow connections
and frequent disconnects will probably have you hating computers.
A good connection is generally determined by the available bandwidth
that an ISP has to share and the number of operational modems
that he/she currently has online. As of late a new standard has
developed which affords the home user faster modem connection
speeds. The upgrade known simply as v90
must, however, be supported by your chosen internet provider.
You must also have support from your local telephone service.
3com Corporation who produce
exceptional modems has a line
test which will provide you with information about the status
of your telephone line. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did
not mention the arrival the the cable
modem which travels over television lines. The RoadRunner
service offered by Time Warner
is one such example. Careful thought should be spent on the choice
of an ISP to make the Internet experience as rewarding as possible.
The national/international services offered by America Online
may be adequate if you are a weekend warrior, but the lines frequently
become busy, and as often as naught a third party provider may
be a wiser choice.
Local (to Groton, N.Y., USA) Internet
Clarity Connect (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Odyssey Networks (Cortland,
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The World Wide Web
- The World
Wide Web is a huge network of computers that are frequented
by anyone owning or with access to a computer or similarly advanced
connection device. I view the Web as a great city. There are
many places to visit... some safe and appropriate for everyone...
while others are interest specific and possibly dangerous
to the young and/or novice viewer.. At Groton
Central School we do our best to direct the efforts of the
students in their search for information and recreation.
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Searching the Internet
Building a WebPage
A little history
The Internet and
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