Are you sick of all the sugary sweet books touting the wonders of AOL?AOL in a Nutshell breaks through the hype as the definitive reference for advanced AOL users and sophisticated beginners. Unlike other AOL books, this one cuts through the glossy banter and gets right to the details. AOL often buries its best features to make the software "easier." We show you how to uncover these powerful features to unlock AOL 4.0's surprising potential.Where most other AOL books try to teach only the basics of AOL, AOL in a Nutshell is a detailed reference that enables AOL users to make informed choices as they use the software and the service. We answer all the questions -- not just the most common ones -- in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand reference style.This book is for anyone who's getting bored by AOL or for members who don't feel it meets their expectations. We show you how to get the most out of each of AOL's tools, including Buddy Lists, Instant Messages, email, chat, message boards, newsgroups, and AOL's integrated Web browser. We cover features that many AOL users shy away from due to lack of documentation, such as FTP, Telnet, and alternative Web browsers.Most entries are accompanied by a list of benefits and drawbacks, so you can decide for yourself how to use each feature. It's an informative and honest book that shows you how to use and modify AOL to suit your needs, not the needs of AOL.You'll learn how to:
Customize AOL so it works the way you want it to
Work around scores of annoying idiosyncrasies
Avoid unwanted email and Instant Messages
Actually understand Parental Controls
Each topic is divided into concise, distinct chapters, designed to help you find the information you want at a glance. You can use it as a day-to-day quick reference, or go further in-depth with the extensive cross-referencing system that makes it easy to teach yourself. It's an indispensable guide for users who aren't dummies.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of AOL in a Nutshell is a lion, a large, carnivorous cat inhabiting western India and Africa south of the Sahara. The most sociable of cats, lions live in prides consisting of one to four males and a collection of up to 30 females and cubs. However, the members of a pride are seldom all together at one time, instead moving about their territory as individuals or small groups. A pride's territory may be anywhere from 15 to 150 square miles, depending on the abundance of food, and is marked by scent and roaring.Lions eat both fresh kill and carrionÂ—dead animals or the kill of other animals. When they do kill, they show a preference for large prey such as zebra or wildebeest, which will feed the entire pride. Females do the majority of the hunting, frequently working cooperatively to encircle or bring down large game. During the hunt, lions are careful to move under cover of darkness or foliage, but tend to disregard the wind direction and thus frequently give themselves away. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font. Whenever possible, our books use RepKoverÂ™, a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds RepKover's limit, perfect binding is used.The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and implemented in FrameMaker by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The screenshots that appear in the book were created in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 by Robert Romano. This colophon was written by Michael Kalantarian.