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Sams Teach Yourself Internet and Web Basics All in One by T. Michael Clark, Bob Temple, Ned Snell

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Finding Sites That Help You Find Files

Where you begin looking for a file depends on the manner in which that file is offered on the Web, or rather, in what way that file is licensed for use by those other than its creator. Most software falls into one of the following four groups:

  • Commercial— The programs you can buy in a box at the software store. Many software companies have Web sites where you can learn about their products and often download them as well. Typically, you fill in an online form to pay for the software, and then download it.

  • Demo— Demo software is commercial software that has some features disabled, or automatically stops working—expires—after you use it for a set number of days. Demo software is distributed free on commercial ...

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