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RIROSE.HTM #6
November 1999

 

The number of new web sites added daily to the internet is growing at an enormous rate. Searching the web for information on a broad subject like roses can consume a great deal of time. So, let's start by going over a few ways to speed up the process and save you time.
First: update your browser. The browser is the software you use to view internet pages. You almost certainly use either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator to access the internet. It is probable that you are not using the latest version of the browser software available. For Internet Explorer, it is version 5.0, for Navigator it is version 4.61. To display your version number, click on the "help" button on the right of the menu and choose "about". It is important to keep your browser updated because of the rapidly changing environment of the internet. Standards change and evolve: new types of picture formats are added, sound compression becomes more efficient, and new plug-ins are developed. Both of the main browsers are excellent, I keep both on the computer to check out their latest features. To download the latest version, go to th bottom of our main page and click on either the "Netscape Now" button or the "Internet Explorer" button. Follow the instructions on their site for downloading and save it on your desktop or hard drive. After downloading and disconnecting, double click on the file to install it.
Second: Organize your bookmarks/favorites. You already know that when you get to a webpage that you might want to see again, you should mark it as a favorite (Internet Explorer) or add a bookmark (Netscape Navigator). If you have a number of interests, this list can become too long to manage easily. Make folders in your browser for all your interests (like roses) and subfolders for more specialized subjects (propagation, OGR, etc.) To make a new folder for Internet Explorer, click on "Favorites", then "add to favorites" then "new folder". To make a new folder for Netscape Navigator, click "bookmarks", "edit bookmarks", "file", "new folder". Always take the time to bookmark a good page.
Third: You need to know how to collect bits of information of information off multiple web pages while you are browsing. For example, suppose you're writing an article on pruning climbing roses and want specific information on a number of varieties. Open your word processor, such as Word, Wordperfect or even Wordpad that comes with Windows 95/98. Use you favorite search engine (see previous articles) to search for "roses, climbing, pruning". Now, when you find a piece of information you want saved, "select" it with your mouse. Click "Edit" then "copy". Click on your open word processor program and click "edit", "paste". Continue browsing, and repeating the above step. Remember to save the word processor file. If you need to also have a copy of the webpage URL address that you took the information from, (necessary if writing a research paper); select the address at the top of your browser and use the same edit, copy, edit, paste sequence.
Finally: Always look at the "link" pages of the interesting sites you find. Search engines only find a small portion of the millions of sites on the internet. An enthusiast's extensive "link" page will give you great leads without all the tedious sorting through search engine lists.

 

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