Call TMLP Online at 508-880-8657 during our business hours (8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday-Friday) and ask to sign up. Be sure and have your information for user name and password ready as well as your OS (operating System). We recommend that both your user name and password be between 6 and 10 characters (letters and/or numbers) in length.
Almost literally anything. The Internet is a vast repository of literally billions of documents on every imaginable subject, from Aardvarks to Zuppa Inglese, and everything in between. (In case you're wondering, Zuppa Inglese is a dessert made out of sponge cake and pudding, flavored with rum, cream, and fruit. And the recipe is out there on the Internet.)
We offer access to the Internet 24 hours a day, at a flat rate (for residential customers, it's $29.95/month. You can see our customer service page for more information.) With that access, you get up to 5 e-mail boxes, and up to 50 MB of Web Space to post your own Website.
Not quite. The World Wide Web (often abbreviated WWW) is the most eye-catching and popular part of the Internet (nearly every company you see advertised now has a "website" somewhere), but it is only a part of what the Internet offers. Other features include "chat rooms" (often called Internet Relay Chat, or IRC for short), "newsgroups" (also called Usenet), electronic mail (e-mail for short), data repositories called "gopher servers," and lots more.
A Web page is a document that resides on a computer on the Internet that is capable of displaying information in a multimedia format (meaning that instead of displaying just plain text, a Web page can have pictures, movies, even sounds as part of what is shown).
The Internet is an amazing tool for research and information. By using the search engine sites like Google and Yahoo, you can find pages of information on practically any subject. Often, the problem is not finding information on a subject, but rather choosing which of the multitude of informational sites that are available you should use!
There are also sites on the Internet that can help you find scholarships, grants, and loans to help pay for college educations.
No. You can send messages anywhere in the world with no long-distance charges at all. The only phone charges are your connection to the TMLP Online modems. If Taunton is a local call for you, then there is no phone charge at all (other than your standard local phone charges)
A protocol is, essentially, a language that one computer uses to talk to another computer. If both computers use the same protocol, or speak the same language, then the two computers can communicate. If they don't use the same protocol (or don't speak the same language), they can't talk to each other. In order for you to talk to computers on the Internet, you need to use the right protocols so that the information can be understood by the computers on both sides.
"Modem" is actually an abbreviated form of the term MOdulation/DEModulation. Essentially, a modem is a device that allows you to encode and decode information sent from one computer to another over a standard phone line.
COM is short for "Communications." A COM port is a device, usually built right into your computer, that allows you to send data back and forth. In order for you to use a modem, you will have to use a COM port on your computer. (Note: Macintosh computers use the same kind of technology, but they call these devices "modem ports")
IRQ is short for Interrupt ReQuest. When your computer's processor (or "brain") is operating, it chugs merrily along, doing essentially nothing until a specific device (devices include the keyboard, the mouse, the modem, and so on) tells it what to do.
In order for a device to tell the processor what to do, the device first has to get the processor's attention. So the device sends a signal, called an Interrupt, to the processor to get its attention. Different devices in a computer send this signal through different connection lines (think of it as one desk with multiple phones directly connected to different people) so that the processor knows where the request for attention is coming from.
The connection line a specific device uses to contact the processor is called the Interrupt ReQuest line, or IRQ.
A browser is a program that dynamically interprets the contents of documents on the Internet. Loosely translated, this means it takes a piece of information on the Internet and displays it on your screen in an organized format. Different "browsers" may display the same document completely differently, although the most recent browsers seem to be getting closer to standardizing on how to display documents.
If you want to view the World Wide Web in all its graphical glory, yes, you need a browser. If all you want to do on the Internet is send and receive e-mail, then you could just download an e-mail program like Thunderbird, but you'd be missing a lot of what the Internet has to offer!
You'll need virus protection software, like Norton's Anti-Virus or McAfee VirusScan. There are also a couple of shareware virus protection programs (like Avast or AVG) available. In addition, an anti-malware program is useful if your antivirus program does not contain one. MalwareBytes is an anti malware program that can be downloaded.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It's another "language" that computers use to communicate with each other, and is specifically designed for transferring files back and forth between computers quickly, accurately, and efficiently.
URL, depending on who you talk to, stands for Universal Resource Locator or Uniform Resource Locator, but they both mean the same thing: an address. Essentially, a computer's URL is its location on the Internet. A browser needs this information in order to view the contents of a site...after all, if it doesn't know where the information is, it's certainly not going to be able to get the information!
HTTP stands for Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol. This is yet another "language" that computers use to send information, the language computers use to read and interpret most Web pages. Hyper-Text is a term that refers to the World Wide Web's capability to link any place on the Internet to any other place on the Internet without having to go through any particular path in between.
HTML stands for Hyper-Text Markup Language. This is the scripting language that is used to create Web pages. Web browsers read in documents in HTML and interpret how to display them on the screen, because documents in HTML can only give guidelines as to how to display a Web page; the browser actually has the final determination as to what the page looks like. This is why some browsers display pages differently than others do.
Java is a programming language similar to C++ that allows a user to write small applications that can run directly over the Internet. The problem with Java is that it does not run on 16-bit operating systems like Windows 3.1x. It will function on Windows 95 or higher or Macintosh, though.