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We look to the Internet for news, socializing, shopping, research and more. From HTML code to instant messaging, we'll break down what's really going on whenever you log on, send an e-mail, visit a popular Web site or post to a blog.

In a cloud computing system, there's a significant workload shift, with a network of computers handling storage and computing. Explore the technology and common applications here.

Before you can get to 'computing' you've got to get connected. Learn about things like modem speed, broadband connections, T1 lines and satellite internet.

For most people, a day without e-mail is unthinkable. From instant messaging to e-mail and other notifications, HowStuffWorks explains the devices and technologies that keep you in the loop.

In Internet Basics, learn about the basic components of the World Wide Web and common tools that can make or break your Internet experience: search engines, Web browsers, RSS, spam and more.

Need some help using all the sites and tools on the Internet? Check out basic how-to tips here.

Most of us know that Internet communities and social networking sites are popular, but how do blogs, podcasts, wikis and companies like Digg and MySpace work? Learn more in the Social Networking section.

Web design and development can be as easy as using a template to build a web site or it can be a refined skill for professionals. In this section, learn more about design, animation, web servers, domain names and more.

Portable computing is increasingly essential. Learn how WiFi, airborne Internet and other mobile technologies work.


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