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Part III: What is the Internet?

Part III: What is the Internet?

The "i" in "iMac" stands for Internet. If you are sitting in front of an iMac, you are sitting in front of the easiest and most cost-effective solution to connecting to the Internet. You might have gotten a "cheaper" solution, such as a WebTV box that hooks up to your television, but then you wouldn't be able to do anything else with that machinevexcept use the Internet—you wouldn't be able to do your personal accounting, create invoices for your business, or make stationery.

This section discusses what the Internet actually is, what the World Wide Web is, and the sorts of things you can do there. Then you'll walk through getting set up to log on and surf.

log on: When you use your computer to connect to a communication system such as a phone line to get to the Internet, or a network (system of connected computers) in a large office, the process is called logging on, and then you are online. Usually to log on you have to enter a password.

When you are done, you log off, and then you are offline.

The process of logging on and off is similar to calling up a friend and saying hello (logging on), chatting for a while (being online), then saying goodbye (logging off).

surf: Wander around the World Wide Web.

Web pages are predominantly created by people using Macintoshes. Even PC Week magazine admits this.

The Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges concludes that the Mac is easier. The Consortium is a group of fifty colleges; they determined that "the average time to connect a student's Macintosh to a campus network is 10 minutes; the average time to connect a student's IBM-compatible is 45 minutes, with some installations taking more than 10 HOURS."

Phillip Harriman, Director of Academic Computing, The College of Wooster, quoted in September/October 1998 Mac Today.

At the Rochester Institute of Technology, the oldest, largest, and most prestigious school of photography and printing in the world, 72 percent of the alumni own Macs.

Contact Sheet, the RIT alumni newsletter

Desktop video and animation is Macintosh-based. Twice as many Macs than Windows NT PCs are used in video production facilities.[*]

[*] Post Magazine, quoted in March/April 1998 Mac Today.

Animation houses use 50 percent more Macs than Windows machines.[*]

CD-ROM and digital video producers are almost twice as likely to use Macs than Windows.[**]

[**] From a recent study by the independent market research firm Griffin Dix Research Associates, quoted in November/December 1998 Mac Today.

These numbers will only grow in the coming months as Final Cut Pro and iMovie become widely adopted. In fact, the most popular digital film editing system in Hollywood is the Avid, which is in essence a souped-up Mac.



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