Internet Starting Points
|For someone who is new to the Internet, it can be a intimidating place. This starting points page is just a small sampling of the wide variety of websites that exist on the Internet, and many can lead to other sites of interest on the Internet. You can also use a search engine to find more sites of interest on the Internet.
|Please Note: Clicking on the links below will open up a new Internet browser window. These sites are external to CalWeb Internet Services, and are neither endorsed or maintained by CalWeb Internet Services. Some sites may require registration in order to access information.|
|Here are some sites related to the Internet itself.|
|The world is a constantly changing place. These web sites will let you read news stories as they are posted, and you can often search the archives for older articles, or articles of interest.
|Why wait for the weather report? You can get the current conditions on-line.
|That's entertainment! Here are some information sources for entertainment news, as well as finding out things about your favorite show or movie.
|Keep up with the area's major league sports those these web sites:|
|Searching The Internet|
|It is estimated that there are over five hundred and fifty billion documents stored on the Internet. A search engine will allow you to find specific documents on various web sites. While search engines have features in common, there are differences as well. Always visit the help links for each search engine before beginning a search. Many of the search sites contain other features as well. As a reference guide, see InfoPeople's Search Tools Chart for some common search engines and terms to use.
For an extended list of search engines and directories on the Web, go to Beaucoup. Beaucoup lists over 2,500 search engines and lets you link to them easily.
|Here are some kid-friendly sites that are also educational as well.
|Need to find out information quick about a particular subject? How about a spelling of a word? These sites will help.|
|There are a growing number of free electronic book (e-book) collections maintained by volunteers on the Internet. Most of the free e-books have had their copyright expire, and are now in the public domain, and many of them are considered classics. In addition, university presses and the US Government are also contributors to the free e-book collection. Here is a sampling of some of the sites:
More book listings can be found here. Most of these files are in either plain-text or HTML format. However, in order to view some of these books, you may need to download and install Adobe's Acrobat reader or Microsoft Reader.
|Here is a list of the local colleges in the Sacramento area. They often have course schedules on-line, and most even allow you to register on-line.
|In many capacities, we deal with the government. Fortunately, information can be found at your fingertips, as well as some interesting trivia.
|Maps & Travel|
|Need assistance to finding a particular place? Not only will these sites come up with a location on a map, but even allow you to generate directions on how to get there. Plus, if you are traveling overseas, you can get information on what to expect.|
|Need help getting around the area? These sites will help, especially during commute times.
|You can keep track of packages through these links:|
|In some cases, you will need to install some additional programs called "plug-ins" in order to view web content or download material. Here are the links to the most commonly used ones on the Internet.
|Virus and SpyWare Information|
|Unfortunately, we live in a age where computer viruses can be sent even through the e-mail and through file attachments. Here is a list of sites where you can get more information about some current viruses, including scanners and virus removal tools.
SpyWare is a new category of software where you install a program from the Internet. These programs monitor which sites you go to and design advertising specifically targeted to you. Some SpyWare can slow down your computer or cause unwanted windows to pop up.
|There is a lot of software which is available to download and use on the Internet that perform various functions. Many of the software is available as "shareware", where you are allowed to try the program and, if you like it, pay a fee to utilize all of the functions of the program.|
|We couldn't categorize these links elsewhere, so we placed them here.