Search via the Internet

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The Internet is an incredible resource of information. The trick is learning to find what you need.

In my field (network engineering) the Internet is a necessity. Many times for instance you may come across a piece of hardware that you have no drivers for or perhaps you need updated drivers. Having access to the Internet is great because you can get what you need almost instantaneously. Drivers, information, reference, diagrams are all there if you know where to look.

It's really not too hard to find the information you may need. There are hundreds of search engines available. Some of the more popular ones are Yahoo, Alta Vista, and Infoseek, just to name a few among many others. Almost every web site has their own search engine as well. Yahoo even has a search done by images! A search engine is a web page where you type in a description of what you're looking for and the results are displayed according to how many matches it found.

To find information using Yahoo for instance, type in a description of what you're looking for. Let's say you want to find the latest Novell drivers for an SMC8000 network card. Type in "smc8000 novell drivers" for example. In a moment a list of sites will be presented. I choose the third one in the list, which was a Novell support site. This page gave me a list of drivers that Novell supported. I choose the SMC8000.LAN. When I double click on this driver a dialog box opens requesting a directory to save the file in. Choose whatever is appropriate for you then click on the save button.

Well, that's all there is to it. It's really not hard and with a little bit of practice you can find...