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Chapter 15. Getting Connected > Should you use AOL or an ISP?

Should you use AOL or an ISP?

If you're not yet connected to the Internet, you need to make a choice about how you want to get there—America Online (AOL) or an Internet Service Provider (isp).

I used to suggest that if you are new to the online world, start with an online service such as AOL. Become familiar with email, downloading, chatting, sending and receiving files, etc. Poke around the World Wide Web and the rest of the Internet. When you find you are using your online service only to get to the Internet, it's time to get a direct connection through your local isp. Many people use both. But now the iMac has made it so much simpler to get to the web, use email, and to do everything else that it is just as easy to have a direct Internet connection instead of AOL. I'm afraid you're going to have to make the decision yourself of which one to sign up with.


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