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**~Pursuing A Life Offline~**
After being stuck in the office all day yesterday glued to my computer, I asked myself a question.....Could I live without internet? Is there a true or false, right or wrong answer to this question? My own answer to this would probably be yes. I could definitely 'live' without it. I could survive on a day to day basis and get through life without the means of internet....but how great a life would that be?
So many people have mentioned that because we lived without the internet before, surely we could live without it again? However, because of the nature of our lifestyle today and how the world has changed socially in the past decade, I believe it wouldn't be possible for so many reasons....
I grew up in a world of great technology, I won't deny that. We had television, radio, mobile phones (just about). But we didn't have the internet. And we were happy. My days were full of toys, games and outdoor fun. Kids nowadays are embersed in a world of online gaming, social networking, emailing! What ever happened to old fashioned outdoor fun!! Chasing, rounders, hide and go seek! You can't get fun like that on the net. Although I have probably spoken too soon, more than likely there is an app available somewhere that offers the same fun to yougsters....
I was a teenager when the internet became fully fledged. We had dial up internet at home but rarely used it as it would take an age to load a screen. Everybody had the internet....but for convenience sake. You would sit and wait for a page to load for hours if it was important enough. Then it took off.....
College was a whirlwind of technology and everything was done through email, blackboard, researching...all online. It was important too me....How much harder would it have been, had I gone through college and my early days of work, without google to answer my every whim.
There is literally no end to its power!! We can do nearly anything we want to do online; book a holiday, catch up with friends...and their friends if you feel the need, do some shopping, watch t.v. If bored, you are only one click away from entertainment. We can browse from our computer, our mobile phone, even our television nowadays, straight from the couch...where will it end??
As great and powerful as it is though, I feel that technology sometimes gets in the way of true emotion and feeling. It has affected the majority of the world's social lives, with Facebook, twitter and the like. I do admit, it is an unbelievable invention, a convenience tool that can't be beaten and without it, we would undoubtedly be less productive in life.
So for me, pursuing a life offline would be quite difficult. I would have to actually meet up with my friends instead of 'chatting' on facebook, walk around the shops to find tonights outfit, read through brochures to decide on this years holiday and walk my real live dog instead of my generic sims pet!! Oh the horror!! Wherever will I find the time??
So here I am...on the fence...!! If..all together..we switched off the interent and started a life offline, without its existence, then yes, I could imagine a life without the internet. Then again, if I had to go alone in this pursuit, it would be an entirely different story........
Could there be a more ironic competition title guys, most of us not having a life because of the internet, the days of going out in the week to catch a gig or a movie a thing of the past for most, the pirating everything for nothing attitude and online porn the easier option. If you want to ten pin bowl or Laser Quest then go to Facebook apps and do it for nothing. You tap it into Google and there it is! Only students go out before Friday night these days (apart from those irritating 'numpties' on the BT advert). The internet and slumping in front of the telly or webcam is most people's lives now after a long days work, unemployment and recession. Obesity and poor eye sight from staring at screens 24/7 is on a steep incline. In fact dooyoo would not exist without 'economically inactive' contributors who can spend all day rating and writing. Some of us are even becoming our online personas we long to be or hide behind because we spend so much time online.
Sex and the promise of it drove the early internet momentum to the behemoth it is today. 40% of hits were porn related back in 1999, but mainly because early web users were mostly men without girlfriends. Today its just 14% of searches and 4% of websites that are pornographic, the web, at last, becoming something far more profound and important to all. The big search engines are still in denial over porn driving the internet though and when they print their top ten searched words of the year they often neglect to mention those rude words, even 'sex' not appearing in the 2011 roll-call. Porn online is mostly harmless but somewhat unfair on women who have to live up to these perfect bodies that young guys seem to expect when they unwrap you. Personally, plastic breasts and peroxide are the biggest turn off for guys so you need not worry.
2012 top WWW searches...
1. Google.com www.google.com
2. Facebook.com www.facebook.com
3. Youtube.com www.youtube.com
4. Yahoo.com www.yahoo.com
5. Baidu.com www.baidu.com
6. Wikipedia.org www.wikipedia.org
7. Live.com www.live.com
8. Blogspot.com www.blogspot.com
9. Twitter.com www.twitter.com
10. Qq.com www.qq.com
Number two in the most popular website list, Facebook.com, I could take or leave. I spend the time I do on their annoying people with dreadful etiquette and silly comments. I don't respect it as a system for friends and family but treat it as just another data miner for commercial companies that it is. People don't realise just how much data is 'gathered' online and what it can be used for. That is why Facebook exists. It's the same with those Boots loyalty cards, the information sold on about consumer's health and bad habits to insurance companies to whack up your premiums. Insurance companies don't know you have asthma, heart or anxiety issues until you blab it online or buy medication for it to get your Boots points. What I do like about sites like Facebook is the way you can potentially get in touch with people who are famous or in the news. If some chav has killed someone or another person has done this then normally they have a face book account and often you can read their private walls, which I find fascinating. You can also contact Z-List celebrities and engage in a debate with them over whatever story is in the news right now, which is the best fun, and links you to all their famous friends. I chatted to the model that left the Time Team after being accused of dumbing down the show, even though she was the most qualified on it in history and archaeology. These people want to connect with the great unwashed and a very new experience offered by the internet. It's a level of privacy they have to concede if they want to generate more celebrity.
Twitter, alas, leaves me cold, a tool simply there for celebrities and minor sports people to convince themselves they are indeed relevant, the more hits they get the more important they feel. Sneering and guffawing BBC Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon got in early and managed to be the most followed 'twitterer' on the planet at one point, over one million hooked on his every word, absurd. He clearly used the site to try and justify his celebrity to himself and a form of therapy for people like him. Although more important and celebrated people have embraced twitter since Richard Bacon's halcyon days and you do get some interesting quotes that are beginning to make press agents redundant its generally used as PR tool and away to increase celebrity for those 'tools', no longer a place for the proles to tell us they have just been to the toilet or having Quorn tonight whilst listening to Ed Shearer.
The immediacy and the democracy of the internet is the clincher for me and if something is happening around the world its online pretty quick, the printed press suffering because of. I like to have my news as it happens and so no longer buy newspapers and magazines. The internet also allows you to have a voice with comment threads on all the big news and media sites and on things like ciao. The people with their cell phones and I pads are the reporters on the streets now and the truth can no longer hide, the way Cameron's cheap labour Work Program has been bought down by a handful of activist a good example.
As far as the internet taking over my life I'm not quite there. I don't have a smart phone to stay in touch with facebook and twitter, and outside of ciao and my sports writing work I would say most of my online activity is trivial and unimportant. It passes the long winter days and keeps me in touch with people I need to be. Me.
I can't believe I have now been using 'the net' for over ten years. I first started using it to keep in touch with friends and family when I lived in Australia and New Zealand which was the late 1990s. I had a hotmail account but no home computer, but this wasn't a problem as Internet cafes were very popular back then. I would call in, fire off a couple of e-mails in half an hour and then be on my way again.
I gradually realised I could also use it to check up on sports results and news from home. From this I have developed quite the internet habit, I would say I now use the internet for one reason or another for about 2-3 hours a day on average. Although I do have days of not turning my laptop on at all I also have days when I might be on it for 5-6 hours. I've never really thought about my usage but here's the main things I use it for.
I very rarely go on Facebook and similar sites although my wife does use them to keep in touch with family and friends in New Zealand. I do use e-mail quite a bit though.
Mainly PC paid for games although I do use some free to play online games. I try not to use too much though as sites like Miniclip can really suck half a day up without too much effort.
Surveys and reviews
Mainly sites that I get paid for such as DooYoo, YouGov, Yoursayspays, swagbucks etc. Bit of extra spendies is always nice.
Mainly Amazon but also Play.com, bookshops and research into high street items I am considering buying. I also use Lovefilm quite a bit and like to check out reviews of things before I spend my hard earned pennies.
I'm afraid at the moment I also spend a bit of time trying to lose the winnings I made on the Rugby world cup. I put £25.00 into an online account just to make the tournament more interesting. I then won a bit and have been frittering the profits away on football matches. I won't be topping my account up if I lose it all though. It's too easy to spend gambling this way. Not recommended!
i have tried a few such as freecycle and swapshop although at the moment I only really use read it Swap it. (See my seperate review)
This sounds a bit boring but I can't think how else to describe general enquiries I google every day, things like how to fix the dodgy wiring in my house. What's wrong with my cat's watery eye? Sports results and fixtures, How many smarties would it take to fill the whole of Wembley and other vital things!
TV and Radio
I use BBC iPlayer more than watching BBC live, the things I want to watch always seem to be on at bad times for me (maybe I'm too old for CBeebies!). I also listen to the radio online, quite often when I am just doing other things online or round the house. I haven't owned an actual radio or VCR for about 7-8 years.
It's also worth noting that in the time I have been using the internet the amount of sites have been increasing hugely. I remember I had a Googlewhack (only one site found) about seven years ago with the search 'Ong's Hat'. The same search today has 258,000 hits. In 2008 google announced they had discovered over one trillion URL's. Which seems quite a few.
I imagine my kids will find it strange that there was ever a world without the Internet. Whilst I only really access it now from Work and Home from a laptop or PC a lot of people I know now use smartphones or tablets which I can only imagine will become more widespread. Apart from going to live on some remote Pacific island I can't see any way to avoid my kids spending probably half their lives looking at screens of some kind. Whilst I'm not against technology and I use it often enough myself this doesn't seem quite right.
The Internet is undoubtedly becoming a big part of many people's lives. I now find myself accessing it for hours at a time every day for a whole range of different things. Is it so bad we are forgetting what life used to be like before the Internet took over? I can't even think what we did with our free time. The Internet can just provide us with so much information, but as well as being resourceful, it is also a form of entertainment.
I access the internet in a number of places. As I'm still a student I do have access to computers at my place of study whenever needed, I also access it at friends and my boyfriends house as well as at home which is where I access it most often. When travelling around, I do use my mobile phone to check up on certain things.
So what do I do on the Internet in my day to day life? Do you do similar to what I do. This discussion is where we are talking about the things we do and what we surf on our computers and laptops!
There are eight different elements of the Internet I access daily/weekly. These are social networking sites, gaming sites, survey and review sites, sites to watch television programmes and movies, music sites, search engines for finding out information for my studies, to check my e-mail account and finally for online shopping. As you can see there is a broad range of things I do on the Internet without even realising, and I'm sure you also do similar things.
I use a number of social networking sites, however I access Facebook regularly (at least once a day). I do this as I think it's a great way to keep in contact with friends and family, particularly those who live a long distance away. It is cheaper to just sent them a message on these sites rather than having to call them or write a letter. It's amazing how much communication has developed over time. Not only this but you can keep up to date with what friends and family are up to, as well as being able to view images and videos too.
I am a self confessed gameaholic (excuse the made up word). Whether I will sit and play for hours on end or whether I play a quick logical game fo two minutes, it is often a great little break from doing work, or even just to play when you have a couple of spare minutes. I find games very addictive, and I usually always have one tabbed open in my browser.
SURVEY AND REVIEW SITES:
Being a student, I have very little money and I'm always on the lookout for opportunities where I can earn a little bit of cash for the back pocket. Survey and review sites such as Dooyoo really do help contribute some cash into my savings, and every little helps. I carry out surveys for about 30 minutes a day, and spend an hour or two on here trying to get some extra cash, and I find its a great way, and often a very rewarding way to earn some money.
If I'm not going out of the night, I like to spend it in watching a film or catching up on television programmes. I often watch catch up programmes if I miss my favourite shows. As well as this, I often watch videos on the internet for entertainment on sites such as Youtube. It's often a great break to just browse some videos for a laugh, and helps pass the time when working.
Whether I'm downloading music or simply listening to the radio, it's a great way to chill out by listening to some of your favourite songs. Music is important to me, and this is why I'm often visiting these kinds of sites when I browse the web.
SEARCH ENGINES & INFORMATION:
For my studies, I often need to use search engines to find out websites to aid with my studying. I visit search engines about twenty times a day literally to find out information on the most topical of things, right down to silly things that are bugging me. Google is a life saviour, I don't know what I ever did without it!!
I use my e-mail for contacting companies, as well as keeping up to date with surveys that are available for me, tracking orders I have made, contacting family and friends. E-mail is a fantastic way of communicating to others, and hearing back fairly quickly. Downside is the amount of junk mail I have to end up deleting!
Every day I'm browsing clothing sites, as well as Amazon to see if there is any good bargains I can find. The internet is a great place for searching for discounted products, and you don't even have to go out of your own home to purchase them.
So there it is, what I do when I'm surfing the internet. As you can see I do spend quite a lot of time on my laptop, but that's what I'm like! 5* for the internet. Thanks for reading!
Having always been a fan of technology I have been a regular user of the internet for many years now and am a huge fan of surfing the net and do this a very minimum of 30 minutes a day.
At work: When I am in work I have internet access provided for use on my tea and lunch breaks or before I start work so I as I travel into work and am normally there about 20 minutes or so before my shift starts which gives me an excellent opportunity to check my e-mail, the news and also my dooyoo account (maybe even write up a new review or two) which gives me a chance to catch up with mates and all of the latest goings on in the world (this is a real help in work as others will have watched the news prior to work so at least I know what is happening and what they are talking about).
On my breaks and lunch I use the internet to keep a check on the news and sports and regularly check out dooyoo (as I am doing now) and have found this to be excellent to take me away from my work for a little and allow me to have some time to de-stress.
At home: At home I regularly use internet access for checking on information on the news, dooyoo, ciao, internet shopping, e-mail, social networking sites, chat room and much more. This is something that allows me to keep up with friends, family, news, sports and make purchases all much easier than was previously able to be done and with a lot more speed and options available including better shopping, cheaper prices, great communications channels, cheaper ways to keep in touch with family abroad and more.
Overall this is one of those things that has become a way of life and a regular thing that has become something that is second nature to use.
With computers and Internet access being ever so affordable and widely available, more and more people are getting connected to the World Wide Web. This includes those who do not have much knowledge of computers and thus are unaware of the risks and dangers that lurk around the net.
Internet shopping can save you money but can be risky business. Fine if you buy from big companies like Amazon and Play.com but what about less well known online retailers? Most are legit too but do make sure the pages are secure when the site asks you for your personal and payment details. Reading reviews about the site in question can help (if there are any). You can also buy through an online auction house like eBay. Much more risk in my opinion. If you are planning on buying an expensive item, then check the seller's feedback first and don't deal off eBay even if the seller makes you a cheaper offer if you just send payment rather than making the purchase through the eBay website.
If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Pay using a credit card as you are able to claim your money back more easily, especially if over £100. For eBay purchases, pay using PayPal AND choose to fund the payment with a credit card. PayPal seem to default my funding source to my bank account to try to save themselves fees no less. If you don't have a credit card, use a Visa debit card as that offers some protection. Other debit cards offer no protection.
Whenever entering personal information (on any site, not just for shopping), the page should be secure. You can tell whether a page is secure by looking at the beginning of the address. It will begin with "https" rather than the usual "http". Also look for a padlock in browser somewhere (usually at the bottom but where it is depends on what browser you use). The secure version uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and is encrypted so the information is encrypted (or scrambled). If it is intercepted before reaching the destination, it cannot be read by the interceptor. The pages you are taken to via spoof emails asking for your personal details will not be secure even if it's asking for your credit card information.
Using different passwords for different accounts where possible will stop someone from being able to access everything if they get one of your passwords. Also, don't use passwords that are easy to guess. Use a combination of text and numbers, and even upper and lower case characters for the passwords to make them more difficult to guess. Don't use your date of birth as that can be found out relatively easily. It's actually a very good idea to use different passwords for different sites though.
CHAT ROOMS / SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Chat rooms can be fun and loads of laughs but they can also be dangerous places. Children in particular are at risk. You may have seen it in the news or in the newspaper where paedophiles pose as kids and make arrangements to meet them in person. For the adults, don't give out personal details or your phone number and especially not on a public profile on sites like Facebook. You don't want a stalker on your back. If you have young kids, be aware of what they are doing if possible and for teenagers, make them aware of the dangers.
If you must meet someone off the net, go with a friend and meet in a public place. Remember, someone may not be who they say they are. You can't see who they really are...unless you see them through a webcam but even then, that's just their outer appearance.
I have personally met a number of people as a result of the Internet. Even a girlfriend (now an ex though). Friendships and relationships have been formed through the Internet but be vigilant and safe.
VIRII (VIRUSES), WORMS, TROJANS, MALWARE
Virii, Worms, and Trojans are too common these days. These are computer programs, created by people who want to cause damage, make computers do annoying things or just gain access to your system. Install anti-virus software (some are free) and update the virus definitions regularly (daily preferably). I recommend Avast or AVG antivirus. Barclays Bank give you Kaspersky for free if you use Internet Banking. I find Symantec Norton to be a bit rubbish and slows your PC down but better than nothing. McCafe is pretty poor too. Antivirus isn't 100% though. Some viruses that one scanner finds may not be found by another. Newer threats may not be recognised by any so you still have to be vigilant.
Install a firewall. This is basically a barrier that stops attacks from getting to your computer and some things from leaving your computer. If you have a router, then you have a hardware firewall but you can also get software firewalls. Windows XP has a built-in firewall but is not very flexible. There are free firewalls out there like Sygate Personal Firewall and Zone Alarm but there are also paid ones. You can get Pro versions of Sygate and Zone Alarm.
Keep your system and software patched and up-to-date where possible. Check for and install security updates. Windows usually has plenty every month.
These are small programs that monitor your Internet usage without you knowing. They usually come with programs that are freely downloaded and does something fun like change your mouse pointer to a pretty picture or let you download music, etc. These programs are usually installed without you knowing by being packaged within another program. They can also be picked up by visiting certain web sites. As advised above, click NO when asked to install stuff when you visit web pages, unless it is a trusted site. Just be careful and try not to install too many things of the free variety unless you really need to.
There are free programs that there that do not contain the spyware so there's no need to boycott all free programs downloaded off the net. Spyware can make your computer run slow, make it crash and since you don't know exactly what they do in the background, they could potentially be there to log your keystrokes, thus sending passwords and private information to their makers.
TIP: Be vigilant as to what you install. If install free software, see if there's an option to not install bundled toolbars, weather software, etc.
Not strictly to do with Internet surfing but sort of linked as dodgy emails are usually received after you sign up for things on the Internet. Freebies in particularly with unscrupulous companies that sell your email address to spammers. All of you will use e-mail since an email address is required to join Dooyoo, but maybe not all of you have received scam e-mails or know about them. If you've never seen any before, there's still the chance of you getting one.
Many scams are from abroad where someone claims to be a distant relative of some rich person or even royalty who has just died but is unable to get at money for whatever reason. There is supposedly some loophole where someone from abroad can claim the money. If you help the person, he/she will give you a share of the money and this is usually a huge sum like several hundred thousand or several million (whatever currency it is). The catch is that there are taxes and transaction fees to be paid before he/she can get at the money. They ask for one payment then another, followed by another and so on to cover their transaction fees to get at the riches. It usually adds up to thousands of pounds or even over one hundred thousand pounds in some cases and the victims pay because they are promised huge sums of money in return. Many of these e-mails originate from Nigeria and so they're known as the Nigerian 419 scam. I've been getting ones from Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, etc as well. There are many variations of this scam.
Spoof e-mails are becoming more and more common. These are e-mails that appear to be from legitimate sources but they are actually from scammers who want to trick you into giving them your financial details. Some of these get filtered out by your junk mail filter with your junk mail so you may not have noticed these but some do get through to your inbox. These spoof emails take many forms but some are more convincing than others. The most popular spoofs are probably EBay, PayPal and Internet Banking ones.
The emails usually tell you that there is a problem or there's been a security update with your account and you need to confirm your details by following a link to a sign in page. If it takes you to a new page, it'll be just like a log in page where you can fill in your personal details, like your name, address, credit card details, etc. Once you click submit, all the information is sent to the thief who would gladly withdraw ALL the money from your bank account or sell or use your eBay account to sell expensive items. eBay, PayPal, Internet banking sites NEVER ask you to sign in through an email or follow links in e-mails to sign in pages. You should enter the address into your Internet Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, etc) or use a bookmark/'Favorite' that you created. Newer versions of browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 have facilities to warn you when you visit such sites so that's good.
ADULT & ILLEGAL STUFF
There's a lot of porn on the net. This is great for those looking for it (aside from making their PCs more vulnerable to viruses) but not good for parents with their kids using the net. One can install software or configure their router to block such content. There's also a lot of stuff to download, which may just infringe copyright. Free music, full movies, retail software, etc can be obtained from the Internet for free but may get you a warning letter from your ISP or a lawsuit from the companies that own intellectual property rights. There are also things like underaged porn, racist, dangerous and sick materials such as how to make bombs on the net so be aware that this stuff is out there as well.
The Internet is useful, fun and full of opportunities but can also be a dangerous place so be aware of the dangers and enjoy it safely. Of course, it can also bugger up your copy of Microsoft Windows if you visit a dodgy site thus wasting time and money and possibly your precious family pictures or important work if you haven't backed up. Best to back up and be vigilant on what sites you visit and watch what you install.
Thanks for reading!
Internet - the world wide web, i am caught by this web and don't want to be out of it too.
I dont think its necessary to add the history and uses of internet in general but i am here to tell some of my experiences with the internet.
The First phase
I was totally ignorant about this use of a computer. Of course we had computer classes in school but i did find anything interesting in these classes except for some games our teacher used to allow us to play now and then. I can say this hour in school was the leisure hour. It was when i was in my 11th year in school, one of my cousins who was then addicted to emailing and chatting in the web introduced me to this fabulous invention of 20th century. At first i was not that keen until my brother bought a computer and we got our own internet. So i can say my first email id was created by my brother and not me. So with my brothers guidance i took my first step to this web.
This was the trial and error period. Yeah of course this phase is an extending one and never ends as long as we are using the internet. But for me this phase was when i started to explore the kingdom of internet or i can say the WEB. As the first things were just emailing and chatting using msn or yahoo messengers. Then bit by bit i found it is easier to get addicted to internet than to hate it. Searching the web also was interesting.
The third phase
This was when i was in the college when i found all the reference materials here, it was a platform to apply for jobs and it was a busy phase.And after college, this was the easiest way to get in touch with my friends. Even though orkut was very famous at that time i was not interested and had always stayed with yahoo group and messenger.
I am still in this phase and here i began to use internet for every possible thing i do.You call that addicted...not exactly, but i am dependent on it fully because now i am living in a land where english or my native language is not their main language. For each and everything from something like just looking the weather, bus timings,buying anything , chatting with my family, anything, you name it, i am using the internet for it.
Google translate, google search, gmail, yahoo messenger, watch online movies all these became a routine.
Now last but not the least my latest addiction- DOOYOO
I will write about this addiction in another review but i can say just this "i think i am addicted".
This phase is yet to come. My future in this web. I am eagerly waiting to enter this phase and explore what it has in store for me
Yes ok I admit it, I am addicted to the internet!! This has only become worse since getting my own laptop and therefore having no limitations of how long I can use the net for.
I use the laptop every single day without fail. I am not home all day as I am in full time college however, I still find time at home to have some some chill out time on the copmputer.
I mainly use the internet for facebook! Yes another facebook addict. :) I also use it to talk on MSN ( INstant messenger). This allows me to chat to friends who I may not have spoken to in a while or those who live away. This is very useful as it is free and instant. Long gone are the need to write letters! The internet can be used just to generally keep up to date with the things that are going on in this world. For example, you can recieve new updates which update you by the minute.
The internet provides us with pretty much anything we want to know. For example, if I was unsure of an actors name, I would simply have to type the name of the film into a search engine (normally Google) and lots of information will pop up. This is also the case if you need to find out further information on various topics. Definately handy if you have to complete college work.
I am able to keep my eye out for jobs online and also apply for jobs. This saves time spending hours writing out Cv's and applying for applications. Instead you send off a CV which then gets sent to jobs which you may be interested in.
Ok, I love the internet, its one of my favourite passtimes to sit with my laptop on my knee, nice cup of tea beside me, some music playing surfing the net. Never really for anthing inparticular, just put it on and have a search, from emails, networking on facebook, searching for jobs, reviewing things I like, mystery shopping, opionion sites, shopping and just general google searches!!! I don't think I could cope without my internet, I would be so upset!!! I love the net, I have grown up with it, and can't even imagine a time without the net!! I mean where did people do all the simple things like finding directions from your house to a new job, without going trawling through maps which are just confusing.....lol!
The only problem I have with the internet....sometimes it can be SO annoyinh....your trying to find something and when your looking for smething inparticular you can never seem to find it!!!
Thats the least of the problems.........I hate the viruses which come through the net, and all the horrible junk mail you get on your email account cause you forgot to tick the little box saying you didnt want your email address been sent to third parties.
I hate pop ups too, which don't seem as bad as they used to be!! On my old computer, as soon as you went on the internet you got 5 pop ups already, everytime you went to any website you got these stupid pop ups telling you things you really don't want to know....!!! But since getting a laptop, pop ups seem toi be a thing of the past (touch wood!!!).
Other than that I love the net!!! You can find out so much!!! :-D You feel sick, you type in your symptoms into NHS direct and woo you save yourself a trip to the doctors!! You want a DVD you go to amazon, you save yourself a long trip around town trying to find a DVD of a film 10 years old which hardly anywhere stocks anymore, yiou also save yourself money!!
The net really has made life so much easier and enabled us to save so much money!!! Either on car/home insurance, travel costs, shopping costs everything!!! :-D
Now, I must admit as I start that I am pretty much an Internet FREAK! I never used to bother with it very much, back in the days when most connections were dial-up, you couldn't talk to your friends at the same time, and 7pm to 7am were considered the 'cheap' times, so you were stuck going on at the same time as everyone else.
Nowadays, I am a convert. A fully fledged Geek. I will quite happily sit for a full day browsing through my favourite websites, chatting to friends, and quite often roll into bed in the early hours of the morning having spent yet another 5 hours doing...nothing much.
Over the past few years, as broadband has become cheaper and more widely used, so much more has become available on the net. You can pay bills, check the bank, talk to your friends, check see whether yo are getting value for money for your car insurance...all in the space of a few clicks.
One of the most popular websites around is Facebook, a social networking site where you can post pictures, news about what your doing, talk to friends, send each other virtual 'gifts', basically anything you can do in life, with the added comfort of not having to leave your own home. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the site, but I know some people who are that addicted they have signed up their mobile to recieve any updates people post on there!
In short, the internet now is exactly what it was meant to be- a super highway of information. Anything you need to know can be found within microseconds through Google, or a myriad of other search engines, you can chat to all your friends at the same time, expert advice is available simply by typing in a few words.
I have a few favourite websites myself: Here, obviously, www.moneysavingexpert.com, www.quidco.co.uk, www.tesco.com, www.office.co.uk. All of these are money or shopping related (!), and probably not much good to anyone, but if you are into money saving, I would recommend moneysaving expert, and the rest will follow from there. Shoe addicts will love the Office site!
In the past, I was never interested in computers especially the internet. I always thought it's for people who are net savy and most of all computer genious. My life was more simple back then. If I have to do a research or need information for my homework, I go to the school library or Barnes & Noble. I was naive about the net since I didn't kow much about it but when I saw my classmate surfed online, I found it quite fascinating. It didn't take a long time for me to get connected online. Once I got connected I surf the net not knowing where to start. The first thing I searched for was online tarot because I was pretty much interested in getting my tarot reading. As I surfed for hours online, I had bookmarked a lot of sites. One of them, was playsite.com. I kept coming back to this game site to play reversi. You don't have to be registered to play. You can play as a guest. This site also have card games, board games, arcade, poker, casino, and etc. From time to time, I go to MSN chatroom to chat. I've have made a lot of friends there. Most of them are from different countries. I get excited every single time my friends are online because we get to talk about our lives. I have an online friend from Holland. He is an Asian. We e-mail each other stories. Sometimes I couldn't believe the stories he sent me because some of them are quite shocking. In the past I used to write short stories and entered online contests. Since I didn't win anything I discontinued writing stories. As soon as I met Ronaldo from Holland, I started to write stories again. I learned to practice my short stories. So it's really a benefit for me. In addition, I realized I'm the kind of person whbo likes to acquire things. Since I don't have money to buy things, I surfed online for free stuff. There are a lot of sites online that gives away freebies. All you have to do is give your name, address, an
d e-mail address. Sometimes these sites ask you to pay shipping and handling. I mostly searched for free cosmetics online, free samples, and free food samples. I already received in the mail the free stuff I ordered online. The rest I'm still waiting to receive. Furthermore, I will mention below the sites I normally go to online: ~*Games*~ Playsite.com Gamespark.com Uproar.com ~*Chatroom*~ Lycos UK Chat MSN Chat ICQ ~*Downloads*~ 5 star Freeserve Rocket Download ~*Educational LInks*~ WannaLearn.com Number2.com Rhlschool.com
Now I feel that I must warn you all - this is not an opinion about something useful, I will not go on for pages about bug spray or fairy liquid! This is probably in the wrong section but I couldn't wait - I had to share it (it is something that came off the internet anyway, I don't know where though - it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack!) This is not useful but very, very interesting. Please enjoy! I received this at work from a friend (whom was obviously as bored as me!) I started reading & thought wow! Just how lucky am I? I hope this gives some of you something to think about & an interesting read - Here goes.... ....I take no responsibility for your choosing to believe or disbelieve the following... Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children-last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it - hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water." Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof-hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs.&
quot; There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts And a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way - hence, a "thresh hold." In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while -hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old." Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat." Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the lo
af, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust." Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up - hence the custom of holding a "wake." England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer." Well, how did you like that? I think you must have quite enjoyed it, after all you are reading the last few lines! Thank you for your time, hope it was an eye opener.... if you believe it or not?!
Surfing the internet is fastly becoming the main hobby of a large number of people. It's easy to see why - it's what I would class as my major hobby, and it's highly addictive. There's something about being online, even if you are just going to the same sites every day, checking for updates and gathering news, that is highly entertaining and it can be very hard at times to switch off. Perhaps it's the wide range of information that is available that makes it so difficult to switch off. The internet contains information about just about everything you would want to know about. Why, type in some obscure phrase like "chestnuts" into a search engine and you're bound to be returned hundreds if not thousands of results. There is just so much to do on the internet. It's the perfect place to keep up to date with the latest goings on both in the world at large, and in a smaller community such as your football team of music group. It provides a means of sharing information as a group and you have access to sources of information that you would not ever have found. Then, there's the wide variety of websites around the internet. You've got your informative websites, such as news and sports pages, but then there are advertising websites such as the page of you're favourite TV show, down to entertainment pages such as jokes or humour. There's so much to do online, you can chat online to your friends and keep in touch with people you no longer see. You can take part in discussion groups about subjects of interest to you, or you can meet new friends through chat rooms or instant messenger. Furthermore, websites are updated regularly so there's always that buzz about coming back frequently so as not to miss the latest information. And, sooner rather than later, we'll get the urge to design our own page and we'll spend hours pouring over HTML websites, trying to des
ign the best site on the net. No matter what you use the internet for - you'll find it difficult to switch off.
...used to be the key line on the Microsoft/Windows TV advertisements some time ago and seems just as apt these days as the internet has really taken off and most people, if they want to, have access to it either at home, work or the numerous internet cafes to be found in many towns and cities. So surfing the internet as a hobby? Do many people see it as a hobby? It is, I guess, to start with, but for many, many people it is also more than that. A source of information for students and others seeking knowledge, a source of entertainment, a ways of meeting new people, communication and so much more. I always vowed I never wanted a computer in my home having had trials and tribulations with these temperamental machines at work! That is, until I discovered the joys of email and found I had many friends with email facilities as well as being able to use it for personal business and correspondenc - and so, I had to admit, I now wanted a computer and one with a modem at that! The internet beckoned soon after... Then it happened! Christmas 1999 and my new friend arrived - a new computer complete with all those much desired facilities - not the highest specification machine but it did what I wanted it to do. At first I just went email crazy with my friends and family but I soon branched out as I was shown how to search the net for things of interest to me and, from there, I discovered the joy of impulsive surfing as various sites led to various other sites and so on. It was not long before I discovered, through Yahoo initially, how to set up my own clubs/forums, chat to people, use an instant messenger, put my photos on the web and so much more. The possibilities seemed literally endless!! I had big ideas for my new, very time-consuming hobby! Then it set in, the addiction, the novelty hadn't worn off and I was spending hours on the internet - chatting to new-found friends, visiting clubs, signing up for anything and everyt
hing, joining sites of interest (such as Dooyoo and Ciao!) and entering prize draws and competitions. Afternoons and evenings flew by in a haze of ever-changing screens as I discovered more and more and got hooked and hooked and it became my ONLY hobby - everything else went out the window! Luckily these days I'm not quite so obsessive and don't spend so many hours online in one go though I still have my addictions - I love these consumer writing sites and can stay on them for hours, I have clubs I run and maintain and of course new friends to email and chat too, but I don't go off on surfing sprees as much as I used to unless there is something in particular I want to find or research, but at least it's all there at my fingertips if I want it. I must say, in my case, having a computer and access to the internet has been a great lifeline for me this last 18 months or so since I have been stuck at home with a long-term illness and unable to get out and about much. I have met some of my trusted online friends in "real life", even made my first trip abroad through that channel. I've saved on postage costs by being able to email instead of send a letter and by being able to show people photos on free net sites rather than put them in the mail too. OK, so there are risks and disadvantages involved to the internet, let's not be naïve about it, but I think they are far fewer than the advantages. The internet can be a risky business for unsupervised young children aimlessly surfing or going into chat rooms. Even adults can be prey to unscrupulous people in chat rooms or sign up for things only to find their details have been passed on and then you are plagued with unwanted spam mail or porn. Depending on the nature of a site on the net they can attract all sorts of people, even Dooyoo has its cheats and abusers but it is a matter of common sense and being able to read between the lines to make your internet us
e safe and enjoyable. It's a hobby to be savoured and enjoyed whether you use it for a few minutes each day or spend hours online every week, just remember not to let it take over your life. It's an infinite world out there!
If you'd come to me three years ago and said: 'I enjoy surfing the web' I would probably have thought that you were descended from spiders, a little odd and confused why someone would come up to me and say such a thing before introducing themselves. Having never owned a computer, and keeping my distance from the ancient school ones that sulked in the Maths classroom, I had never 'logged' on and never so much as thought about e-mail. Then one fateful day, my dad brought home a small black bag over his shoulder. As he put it down onto the floor with a soft thud, I was immediatley intrigued and approached the object with curiousity. I found out that it was a laptop computer that he was borrowing from work, and after seeing the wonders that it could do, was hooked. After unhooking myself from the fishing rod that was lying about, I set about making the most of the laptop when it was available. We got the internet about a year and a half ago, and I was about to start my great internet adventure. The first thing I did was check out some sport sites (typical male animal instincts I'm sure) and was amazed to find that you could chat to people instantly. For this I had to learn the internet 'chat room' language: 1) lol: at first I thought this was 'lots of love' and was proud, and a little worried, that people kept saying 'lots of love' to me, particularly after saying a joke. Having asked a particularly loving user why she kept sending her love, she then said lol again, before explaining what it meant. Lesson no.1 learnt 2) following on from the 'lol', I found that many people used variations on the theme including 'g' for giggle and probably the most extreme, 'lmao' or laughing my ass off'. 3) facial expressions: you could never say that the internet encourages creativity and art, but people have managed to show their emotion with lifelike facial images such as :) or :0)
or ;) or even (.)(.) which I will say are supposed to a pair of eyes (this is a family site you know). I find this images irritating, so I have created my own, see if you can guess what they are (answers at the bottom of the opinion) a) ]'.'[ b) 88 c) 0-) d) ú 4) 8: this letter seems to be a very important part of a chatter's vocab. They use it to 'save time' by spelling things like 'g8 (great)' of 'I h8 (hate)' and as you can tell, typing '8' instead of 'reat' or 'ate' saves exactly 0.0014 seconds. Brilliant. There are other techniques as well, but I will not tempt f8 to attempt to recre8 them. 5) brb: meaning 'be right back'. Others include jothacoc meaning 'just off to have a cup of coffee' or hoasmijntctfs meaning 'hang on a sec mate, I just need to check the football score', or even omgijsaliog 'oh my god I've just seen aliens land in our garden'. I think you get the point. 6) a/s/l: this threw me at first, but I now realise that it means 'age, sex, location' not 'age/sex/length' as one rather crazy friend put it. With the vocab sorted I went out to the chat rooms. I was wary of all the potential paedophiles and I want to make some serious points now (for once) : 1) do not reveal your adress or village if you live in one. 2) do not meet up with anyone that you do not know at all, even when meeting up, do it in a public place not at their home. I know they seem obvious but I have been shocked and appalled by the stories in the papers about older people pretending to be teenagers and manipulating younger naive people. Chat rooms aside, I soon came across the sort of sites where you play game, like yahoo games where I play literati (scrabble). This is good fun but there is a tendacy for a computer to give up on you when you're just about to win that would not happen in real life. Dooyoo
of course is an excellent idea. There may be other sites like it, but since becomming a member around 4 months ago I haven't bothered looking for other similar sites as dooyoo is so good. However as well as all the information, jokes, games and chatting you can do on the internet, I find it a poor substitute to real life. I know many people rely on it heavily to gain confidence and new friends and that is great, but for me it cannot even go close to talking to someone face to face. It is so easy to lie on the internet when chatting, and you cannot really share a laugh or check someone's body language. Another gripe is with computers, machines I distrust alot. It may be just me, but why do they always crash or decide to have a tea break when you're doing the most important thing on your computer? Finally, I suppose to make this opinion remotely useful, I should talk about prices. The system I use is a free on weekday nights after 6 and at weekends, charging around $14.99 a month I think, (it may be £10). This is an excellent deal as like morning and mid-day television I don't use the internet at these times, and I'm sure the majority of users do not either. So, enjoy the internet, be careful, check out new things, keep at it on dooyoo. brb Answers to 'images' above: a) early computer game b) salt and pepper pots c) blind one-eyed man sleeping happily d) fly about to fall into a cup of soup
We know you love to do it, now tell exactly what you love, or maybe what really gets under your skin, about internet surfing.