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Chapter 16. The Internet

E-mail is the killer application for networking in general, but the Internet is the thing that got personal computers into so many homes. Regardless of who controls the finances in your household, the advantages of Internet access are an easy argument to make (and win).

The Internet is just plain fun because it provides access to just about anything. You can order tickets (or anything else), check your bank, credit card, or brokerage accounts, find out the weather anywhere from Maui to Leningrad, and a million other things. Surfing the web is a great way to do research—traditional reference materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauri are all just a few mouse clicks away (though some cost money).


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