Why does it take so long for me to see a web page?
When I log-on, I always get a busy signal!
How can I stop AOL advertisements?
Why do Internet pictures look fuzzy or grainy?
I continue to get strange error messages?
I just want an e-mail service - can I get it for free?
Is the Internet dangerous for kids?
How can I build a web site?

Why does it take so long to see a web page?

You may have a slow modem (14.4K) and you may wish to buy a quicker modem (56.6K). But, it still does not guarantee faster results: Your internet provider may be connecting you at slower speeds or disconnecting you during the peak internet hours (9am-11am and 4:30pm-10pm). Try connecting at off-hours for faster results.

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When I log-on, I always get a busy signal!

Your local Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be too busy! Internet Service Providers are companies like America Online (AOL) or Microsoft Network (MSN) or Earthlink or any other service that helps you get connected. Perhaps, you should try a different Internet Service Provider (ISP) if you are unhappy with the service or connection speeds. There are lots to choose from and they range in price from $10 to $40. Just be sure to have a internet provider that provides a local phone number, a 1-800 service number and provides the services you want. You may search for another service by exploring the ISPS Web Site!

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Can I stop America Online's (AOL) advertising messages?

Yes! Go to Keyword "Marketing Prefs", then click on "Tell Us What Your Pop-up Prefs Are", then click on not prefer to receive and then submit. The longer way to do this is: Memebers, My AOL, Preference Guide, Marketing, Set Up Now, Tell Us What Your Popup Prefs Are, then clicking not to receive them and submit. It usually takes a day or two before they turn them off.

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Why do all the pictures and graphics on web sites look fuzzy or grainy?

Your prefernces may be defaulted to showing only compressed images. This is a little faster, however the pictures look yucky. You can change your preferences by playing around in the "Preferences" options on the menu bar.

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I continue to get strange error messages?

Be sure your internet browser is the most current version. I suggest using Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer (they both are free internet browsers!)

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I just want an e-mail service - can I get it for free?

If you never use the internet except for e-mailing my friends and family, don't pay for it! You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno. Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]. It is paid for by advertisements.

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Is the internet dangerous for kids?

While many Web sites are filled with great information, some sites are not suitable for young children. AboutSchool.com tries to select sites that will be educational and valuable to all ages. But no matter where you go on the Internet, we recommend you always play it safe!

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How can I build a Web Site?

Many companies are willing to help you build your own Web site. For instance, AboutSchool.com builds and maintains many Web Sites. Or you can choose to build your own! It's easy! You just need to create an HTML file and upload it to a "hosting server".

But how do you create a HTML file?
Two good places to start are: HTML Goodies and Web Builder 101

But how do I find a "hosting server"?
For small personal Web Sites, some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will host your Web Site for free. For example, America Online (AOL) will allow you to store 2 Megabytes on their server by entering the keyword "My Place". If your ISP doesn't offer a free service, you can use GeoCities, Tripod, Angelfire or Freetown. However, if you're planning to start a business on the Internet, you may want to use a "web hosting" service. The hosting companies. They range in price depending on the services and size you need. A typical basic package costs about $20 monthly and gives you about 20 Megabytes of disk storage for your pages and 1 Gigabyte of data transfer. You may also want to purchase a domain name (example: www.yourname.com) at Network Solutions. It costs about $70 to reserve a name for two years. You may also want to look into programs like LinkShare which will help you earn commissions from other big web sites (it won't make you lots of money, but might help pay off that $70 domain fee).

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