We are beginning a new feature with this issue, On the Web. This will be a regular article in all upcoming issues and will feature member's pages and other sites of interest.
I regularly get questions from people about how to get to the web, so before we take a look at a few sites, let's find out how to get to the web. The procedure varies depending on what "browser" you use to access the Internet, but they all have one thing in common - somewhere on the screen you will see a box showing the address where you are. In Microsoft's Internet Explorer this box is above the viewing screen and is titled "Address." In Netscape it is also above the viewing screen and is titled "Location." Wherever this box is located it should contain an Internet address resembling "http://www.websitename.com." It is in this box that you enter the address where you want to go.
Web address's will always begin with "http://", and will then continue with the actual address of the site. To go to a site whose address you have, click in the box containing the address. The address in the box will usually highlight and you can then enter the new address over the old. If it doesn't highlight, then delete the current address and enter the address you want to go to. Once you have the address entered, press your "Enter" key and the browser will take you to the site.
The Internet's version of a busy signal is the "Site Not Found" message which may mean that you have the address entered wrong, or it may mean the web is simply too busy to put your call through. During peak hours, usually 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., when the web is extremely busy there may not be enough circuits available for your service to connect with the site you're looking for. When this occurs you will get the "Site Not Found" message. If you're sure the address you've entered is correct then try again later when the web isn't quite so busy.
Getting around on web sites is usually accomplished by the use of "links" on the page. A link is usually distinguished by being a different color, a button, or some other distinguished marking on the page. Click on the link and you will go to the area named on the link.
Many sites, especially those among the trucking pages, also offer links to other trucking sites and personal pages. These link pages can easily move you from site to site and save you a great deal of time in trying to find sites of interest to truckers. There are many commercial sites out there for truckers and literally thousands of driver's home pages.
If you have a web site or a personal page or know of a really great trucking site, please e-mail the site address to email@example.com. We will check out all sites submitted and will feature the best in this column. LL
This month's sites
www.wwil.com (Where's Wilson) - this is a trucker's page that has grown from a simple home page to a full-blown trucking site. Maintained by Lynn Wilson, also a trucker, she updates the site for her husband who posts his location daily so web browsers can hitchhike around the country with him.
www.ooida.com - OOIDA's place on the web offers you everything from general information on OOIDA to call-to-action and the latest on legislation that affects truckers. This is a must see site for anyone in the trucking industry. While you're there don't forget to sign up for the "call-to-action" and make sure your voice is heard in Congress.
www.layover.com - a commercial trucking site with a little bit of everything from message boards to articles of interest. Be sure to check out their Owner/Operators Only area for articles and items of special interest to O/O's.
www.truck.net - a commercial site with message boards, job listings, parts and a large number of links to other trucking web sites. This is also a must visit site.