History Comes to Life
Try brushing up on American history by spending some time with one of this country's most interesting people: Benjamin Franklin. Did you know that Ben Franklin wasn't just an American Founding Father, but a scientist, inventor, musician, philosopher and publisher? And his life isn't only history, because we still use lots of his ideas and discoveries today. You can now hang out with this multitalented man at http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html. The best part about learning history this way is that the site is interactive: You can see a short movie of his life, hear sound effects, make music and try experiments based on the same ones he did more than 200 years ago. History has never been so futuristic-or so fun! (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)
Roll Over, Rover
It's not time for you to go back to school yet, but your dog is ready. All the information you need is on the Web at the Dog Training site, and Rover is just waiting to learn. On this site, youšll find suggestions and examples of how to teach your dog to follow commands. Use this new knowledge to help your dog learn to retrieve, speak, dance or even find your lost shoes. Your dog will enjoy the challenge and you'll amaze your friends and neighbors. Now, tell your Web browser to go fetch everything you'll need at http://users.tkk.fi/mtt/training.html.
The Ancient Ones
How many years do you think your house will stand? The Anasazi or "ancient ones" built stone structures that have remained, at least partially, for hundreds of years. Take a step back in time to the days of these remarkable people by setting your browser to www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm This site is the complete guide to Mesa Verde National Park. The park was established in 1906 to preserve the ruins of the Anasazi people who lived in Mesa Verde, Colo., about AD 600-1300. Use this site to research the park or to plan a real visit. The pictures and explanations will give you an awesome look into the past. Stop by and take the tour. The Web site's open all year long.
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1. In which year was Ben Franklin born?
Dear Troy: If you can believe it, there is even more information on the Internet than just what you get from the Web! Before the Web, Gopher and FTP servers were the main sources of information. Because you won't see any pictures on these servers, they are not as popular now. These servers are important, and most browsers can access them. You might go to one of them for things like software updates or for access to a huge archive like a university library. Since these servers use different protocols, their location addresses begin with the characters "gopher://" or "ftp://" instead of the World Wide Web's "http://"
Dear Amy:I would like to have a home page with sounds and moving pictures and chat, but since I have WebTV I don't know how to do it. -Linda, East Hartford, CT
Dear Linda: To surf the Web with WebTV all you need is a television, a phone line and the WebTV Internet terminal. WebTV is not a normal computer so you can't use the software you will need to write the words, handle the pictures and code the HTML in order for you to make a home page.