Chapter 14



Netscape 1.0


Quick Reminder: Netscape is a client application for the World Wide Web, the most graphical and flexible of the Internet services.

Tasks:

  1. Launch and configure Netscape
  2. Browse the Web
  3. Visit the Lotus Web server
  4. Use bookmarks


Install Netscape 1.0


  1. Netscape can be found at the following location:

    ftp://ftp.mcom.com/netscape/windows/ns16-100.exe

    Move the file to an empty directory (e.g., c:\nstemp) and unpack all the files in the self-extracting archive.

  2. From the Windows Program Manager, choose Run from the File menu. Type the drive, path, and setup.exe in the dialog. Click OK. Follow the instructions for installing Netscape onto your hard drive. The setup program suggests that you place all the files in a directory called c:\netscape. I recommend that you follow that suggestion.
  3. After the installation, you can delete the files that you placed in the temporary directory.


Launch and Configure Netscape


  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet -- connect with NetManage's Custom or your own WinSock TCP/IP protocol stack.
  2. Double-click on the Netscape icon to launch the program.

    Netscape immediately begins to load its home page, which by default is the Netscape Communications Welcome Page (see figure 14.29).

  3. Figure 14.29: Netscape welcome page.

  4. From the Options menu, choose Preferences. Netscape brings up the Preferences dialog box. Select Mail and Proxies from the drop-down listbox (see figure 14.30).
  5. Figure 14.30: Netscape Preferences window.

  6. In the Mail Server field, enter the name of your mail host. In this case, I entered mail.halcyon.com.
  7. In the Your Name field, enter your real name.
  8. In the Your Email field, enter your email address.
  9. Click on the OK button to save your changes.
There are many other optional settings in the Netscape Preferences dialog -- feel free to explore them later on.


Browse the Web


  1. From the Directory menu, select the What's New item.

    Netscape displays the contents of the Netscape Communications What's New! page (see figure 14.31).

  2. Figure 14.31: Netscape What's New! page.

    NOTE: Depending on how late in the month you connect, the What's New! page may be quite large and thus take some time to retrieve fully.

  3. Click on the underlined words What's New on Yahoo to follow that link to Yahoo, an excellent catalog of Internet resources available on the Web (see figure 14.32).
  4. Figure 14.32: What's New on Yahoo page.

  5. Feel free to continue clicking on underlined link words to move to other parts of the Web -- it's too large and fast-moving for me to give you any further explicit browsing directions. But what if you want to go to a specific site?


Visit the Lotus Web Server


  1. From the File menu, choose Open Location.

    Netscape displays a dialog into which you can type a URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

  2. NOTE: I have listed various URLs throughout the book, so you might try some of the "http" URLs here in Netscape.

    2. In the field, type http://www.lotus.com (see figure 14.33).

    Figure 14.33: Netscape Open Location dialog.

    NOTE: Notice that in figure 14.33 I didn't put the http:// part of the URL? If you don't put the service and its separator, it will default to http://.

  3. Click on the Open button to connect to the Web server run by Lotus Corporation (see figure 14.34).
  4. Figure 14.34: Netscape at the Lotus server.


Use Bookmarks


NOTE: A bookmark is a saved pointer to a place which you might want to revisit later. Netscape allows you to create multiple bookmarks. Netscape's bookmarks are similar to hotlist features in other applications.

  1. With the window to the Lotus Web server still open, from the Bookmarks menu select Add Bookmark.

    Netscape adds the Lotus Web server to your list of bookmarks.

  2. Pull down the Bookmarks menu.

    Netscape lists all the bookmarks in the Bookmarks menu. Notice the entry for Lotus on the Web (see figure 14.35).

  3. Figure 14.35: Netscape Bookmarks menu.

    NOTE: Netscape saves the URL internally, but displays the actual name of the page in the Bookmark menu.

  4. To see the bookmarks in action, click on the Home button at the top of your main Netscape window to return to your home page.
  5. Select Lotus on the Web from the Bookmarks menu. Netscape takes you directly the Lotus Web server again.

That's about all there is to using Netscape. Explore the Web to see the wide variety of servers that have appeared. You also may want to explore Netscape's online help, which actually exists on the Internet rather than on your hard disk.


This Is Only the Beginning


If you've followed some or all of the previous tasks, you've done quite a bit on the Internet. Here are the tasks I described:

  1. Configure NetManage's WinSock TCP/IP protocol stack
  2. Read, write, and send email with Eudora
  3. Read, write, and post articles with News Xpress
  4. Download files via FTP with WS_FTP
  5. Search WAIS databases with WinWAIS
  6. Browse the World Wide Web with WebSurfer
  7. Browse the World Wide Web with Netscape
My apologies if you found this section a bit stilted and boring to read, but I hope it conveyed just the information you need to get over the hump of using these programs. If something has changed such that the instructions didn't quite work right, my apologies, but don't lose heart. The Internet changes rapidly and you must be flexible enough to deal with those changes. Just keep trying and you're bound to get the hang of it soon.

This chapter also brings us to the end of Internet Starter Kit for Windows. It may seem as though there are lots of pages left, but they're all appendixes, some of which you may want to browse through. If you're like many people, you've probably already flipped through them and seen the lists of Internet providers and other stuff. I especially recommend you check out appendix B, "Internet Starter Kit Providers," if you don't already have Internet access; and if you plan on installing the software that comes with this book, please read appendix A, "Getting Connected." You won't regret it.

I hope you've enjoyed this book, and I hope you enjoy the Internet.