Is a way of sending and receiving mail between two or more people by the global computer network. All internet users have their own unique 'user name' which acts as a mail box for their messages. E-mail means that you can send and receive mail
from anywhere around the world in a matter of seconds.
Is a means of sending a message, thought or question to the internet
community at large. Electronic news is posted to a public bulletin board for many news readers to view at their leisure. All messages and news are generally deleted after a few days of posting.
Is the worlds biggest bulletin board containing text files on all sorts of subjects. Millions of people access USENET daily, leaving messages, chatting with other users, answering questions and leaving their own news item, information or question. You can selectively scan through USENET by using software known as a newsreader.
File Transfer Protocol
provides the facility to transfer files between your computer, and the internet computer systems. This is
achieved by using the FTP software which you will find on your Nornet CD. You can also download FTP software
from the Nornet server.
Users of the Internet and Nornet are asked to comply with the
guide-lines of network etiquette. Netiquette is fundamentally based on the use of good manners and common sense. Some examples of netiquette are:
- always acknowledge electronic mail (e-mail)
- limit your e-mail messages to a single screen of text where possible
- do not use offensive language
- be polite to other users of the Internet
Are keyboard shortcuts used
instead of words. These acronyms are widely used by computer
users. Some examples are
which is a smile and
which means sad.
Smilies and Acromys
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)/ Chat
Is an area where lots of people can connect to at once in order to talk with each other.
You scan a list of topic areas and choose to join one.
You then join that group of people and talk to your hearts content.
People from all over the world can join any channel and can therefore talk
internationally for the price of a local phone call.
World Wide Web (WWW)
Is composed of thousands of pages of information that are all connected together.
The pages are easily accessible to anybody and the Web can be quickly
searched for any kind of information. The information can then be delivered in lots
of different and interesting ways such as text, graphics, sounds and movies.
The term FAQ's is used widely over the internet and stands for "frequently asked
questions". The Nornet FAQ's are called "common questions".
Internet contains information on almost everything. To help you find it, Nornet
has selected a few Search Engines which may point you in the right direction.
Nornet Search Engines
The internet has many free programmes "freeware" and other
programmes called "shareware". Shareware is a software programme
that you either download from the internet or from a CD (usually found on
magazines) it is software for you to try, sometimes within a certain
timeframe. If you want to keep using it you buy
it. An example of shareware is the FTP programme cuteftp.