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Computer Literacy for the Mac

Understanding email servers and clients


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Computer Literacy for the Mac

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If you are using a computer with an Internet connection, you almost certainly have acquired, or have been given an e-mail address. So in this chapter, we are going to be looking at the basics of e-mailing. Let's start with a quick overview of what e-mail is and how it works. Emails are electronic text-based messages you can send and receive either through the web site of your e-mail hosting service, or through a dedicated e-mail software program called an e-mail client. When you want to send an e-mail to some one, you need to know his or her e-mail address. Then you compose a message using your e-mail client, or through your e-mail provider's web site.
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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Computer Literacy for the Mac
3h 14m Beginner Aug 06, 2010

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In Computer Literacy for the Mac, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use Mac computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Apple Mac OS X operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered. Exercise file accompany the course.

This course also includes chapter-level assessments for use as instructional aides. To download the assessments, click the following link: Computer Literacy Assessments. The file contains an assessment movie, chapter-level assessments, and answer keys.

Topics include:
  • Working with a laptop versus a desktop computer
  • Understanding an operating system
  • Understanding five traits almost all applications share
  • Printing
  • Setting up a scanner
  • Connecting to a wired or wireless network
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Searching the Internet
  • Importing and editing images from a digital camera
  • Sharing documents and images
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Garrick Chow

Understanding email servers and clients

If you are using a computer with an Internet connection, you almost certainly have acquired, or have been given an e-mail address. So in this chapter, we are going to be looking at the basics of e-mailing. Let's start with a quick overview of what e-mail is and how it works. Emails are electronic text-based messages you can send and receive either through the web site of your e-mail hosting service, or through a dedicated e-mail software program called an e-mail client. When you want to send an e-mail to some one, you need to know his or her e-mail address. Then you compose a message using your e-mail client, or through your e-mail provider's web site.

Your e-mail can be plain text, but you can also include attachments like photos and short audio or video files. When you're done composing your e-mail, you click Send, which sends your e-mail through your e-mail provider's server. Your e-mail service provider's server looks the address of your recipient to figure out where to send it next. Your e-mail is then sent to your recipient's e-mail hosting service and stored there, until your recipient downloads the e-mail into his or her own e-mail client, or reads it from a web browser. Once you click Send, it can be just a matter of seconds before your e-mail arrives at your recipients e-mail server. Now whether this e-mail is then read right away depends up whether your recipient is sitting in front of his or her computer at the time, or has access to some portable e-mail capable device, like a Smart Phone.

And that's a very basic description of how e-mail works. Both you and your recipient have to have your own e-mail addresses. Usually your work or school will provide you with an address. If you're at home, your Internet service provider will give you an e-mail address. Or you can also sign up for free e-mail addresses from services like Google's Gmail, Microsoft's Hotmail or Yahoo!Mail. You can also have and manage as many e-mail address as you wish. Some people like to keep their work and personal e-mail separate, and that's generally a good idea. You probably don't want personal messages going to work's e-mail address. Many companies have policies in place stating that any e-mail that goes through their servers are their property and can be reviewed by them at anytime.

Also, if you were to change jobs, you probably loose access to the e-mails that came to your work address. Personally, I prefer a free e-mail service like Gmail, which isn't tied to a work or Internet service provider, because you might find your self switching Internet providers at some time, and you'd have to again change your address, and you might loose your old e-mails that you received through your service provider. Okay so those are some basic things thing to know and keep in mind about e-mail. We'll get in to more specific topics in the rest of this chapter.

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