Happy Friday! This week's topic is from Ruth, who wants to know what the Internet can do for her: how can she learn more about how to use the Internet--from viewing TV programs to phone services? The easy answer to the question is: the options are endless. It's probably best put by LostValley, "What do you want the Internet to do for you?" As you read through our member answers, you'll see there are tons of options, and the basics such as a VoIP phone service (like Skype) and streaming TV are just the beginning. It all boils down to how far you want to take it. A good example of how extensive and complex you can go with it is to take a look at what pandrew3 set up at his home; it's pretty impressive and you can bet there is plenty more available beyond that. So read through the advice our members have to offer, and I'm sure you'll have a good sense of what's available. Thank you all for your contributions and have a splendid weekend!
By the way, for those who want to learn how to stream TV shows, movies, and music from the Internet: we have some upcoming CNET Ask the Editors Live on that subject. They will take place on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT (12:30-1:30 ET), so join us and bring your questions. Here are the scheduled events:
What can the Internet do for me?
I suspect a lot of us less "with it" techies would like to
understand more about how to use the Internet--to watch
television (on our TVs) and use our telephones more
economically via the Web, and other things. I use Skype for
calls, but I am puzzled by the other potential offerings and
wonder when I can dump my land line, kill the cable (for TV),
and even watch European shows. Also what more can I get out
of the Internet and maximize use of it to the fullest
potential to my advantage. Any hints, suggestions,
directions, etc., would be very useful. Or is it better to
wait a while longer?
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Help! This Web site discloses almost everything about me! Whoa! I just found out about this Web site: http://www.spokeo.com. It claims to be "not your grandma's phonebook" but it's more like a spy tool. I entered my name and saw all this personal information: photos, my wife's name, and the scariest part--a photo of my house from Google Street View! This is certainly unsettling. Shouldn't this type of site be illegal? It just makes it too easy for misuse. How can I get my information off of here? Are there other sites like this that I should be aware of? Please help me, I'm really freaked out about this!
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