Surfing the Internet Guide for VSNL's GIAS

This book is for beginners and also serves experienced users for referencing. It attempts to get the readers over the initial barriers they may encounter in using the GIAS system, specifically the Terminal account. Even a young reader or anyone else having only a minimal familiarity with computers should be able to use this book effectively. The author has found from experience that, once a user learns a few tasks, he becomes confident to explore further and discover many other aspects of the system which serve his needs.

The approach taken is to show and explain the screens displayed on your monitor when you log on to the GIAS system, so that the system will look less intimidating when you start to use it. The steps taken to perform the most common tasks are described in some detail, and the screens that come up are shown in figures. This introduces the various GIAS services to the user, and guides you in learning how to use them.

Such "captured" monitor screens are separated from the rest of the text by a single-line rectangular box.

Chapters 4 through 13 cover the services available with the Terminal account, in the same order as they appear on the menu of the GIAS system in Mumbai. In other cities, as the order of these services may vary and some of them are yet to be made available, the reader there is advised to look up the services by their topic headings.

Each chapter stands by itself. It does not depend on other chapters in this book nor on any prior knowledge. Thus, it can be explored right away, as needed. The user is free to open any chapter and start to explore the service explained therein.

Chapter 14 covers the Newsgroups on Internet. These will be shortly offered on GIAS, and this chapter is designed to prepare the users to be ready for them.

Appendix A gives some very practical details which anyone using GIAS system will need, especially for the TCP/IP account. Appendix B describes how to configure your software (either Windows 3.x or Windows 95) for the TCP/IP account. It also deals with configuring a Netscape browser and Eudora E-mail client. Appendix C gives some considerations about modems and trouble-shooting in case of noisy lines. Appendix D gives a discussion about what resources are needed as well as the procedure involved in obtaining and maintaining a dedicated leased data line. Appendix E gives a feedback form. It will be very much appreciated if, after some use of the book and consequent exploration, the user takes a few minutes to fill it out and send it to the address given on the form. This feedback will help immensely to tailor the future editions of the book to cater to the users’ needs. appendix You can collect the form to apply for an account with GIAS from VSNL marketing department. Appendix or fill out the form given in Appendix F. Appendix G gives guidelines for searching the information on Internet. Appendix H on Web Advantage-- gives ways to practically use the Internet for economic advantage.

TCP/IP account gives the users a better and easier interface. As a result, they feel encouraged to use the Internet, but this use remains generally limited to the Web and E-mail, and they do not tend to explore the other aspects of Internet. However, Internet has much more to offer. I feel that a familiarity with the Terminal account and its available services will give the users a depth of understanding and ideas about different applications of the Internet, which they may not develop when using only the TCP/IP account.

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