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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 20. Living on the Web

From bargain airfare to movie rentals, the Web is full of tools that are designed to make life easier. And thanks to its ability to link people and computers, the Web itself becomes a Swiss-Army-style apparatus at your disposal, especially when you're away from home—or away from your own computer.

Yes, the Web can be your personal radio station, newsstand, and gaming arcade, but it can be even more than that. It can be your backup drive. It can be a word processor when you're working at a computer that doesn't have Word or WordPerfect installed. It can be an electronic version of the family calendar that would otherwise be stuck to the refrigerator with Snoopy magnets. It can be a conference room, complete with whiteboard and slide presentation, for people in six different regional offices.

Yes, while this book's previous chapters describe how to live with the Web, this chapter shows you how to live on the Web—and the rent's way cheaper than your apartment.

Online Backup and Storage

Just about every book, magazine, or Web site about computers stresses the importance of backing up your computer files.

It's good advice, especially if you've moved important parts of your life—such as music, movies, photos, and other personal documents—into digital form on a hard drive. You may not care if that hard drive crashes and you lose your spreadsheet of business travel expenses. But if the machine goes south and takes the complete library of your kid's digital photos—from ...

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