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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Chapter 17. Cruising the Internet with Web Browsers

The world has experienced great leaps in communication technology that have radically changed how we exchange information with one another. From beating on drums to messengers on horseback, from the telegraph to the telephone, getting in touch with one another has become much faster and more reliable with each major advancement.

No other technology has been as responsible for bringing the world so much closer to each of us than the Internet. The tool we all use to access the Internet is called a Web browser, and there is no shortage of them available for Mac OS X. Leopard comes with one of the industry's best browsers, Safari, but there are other very popular options, such as Firefox, that are out there for you to download. In this chapter we get to know the ins and outs of surfing the Web with a Mac and how to handle compressed files that you may download.

Internet Technologies Built Right into Your Mac

Mac OS X comes loaded with many of the technologies used by Web pages that provide functionality and pizzazz to their subjects. Back in the not-so-good days of the Internet, you would have to download third-party plug-ins to view much of the multimedia contents of some of the Web's fancier pages. As the Internet advanced, so did operating systems, in particular Mac OS X. Today, Leopard has most of ...

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