1 Optional Lab Answers-1 Optional Lab 1-1: Learning about Internet standards organizations In this optional lab, you will visit Web sites that provide information about various Internet standards organizations. 1. Open your Web browser and go to The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) home page will display. 2. Click the About ISO tab along the top and read the information about ISO. Then click the ISO Standards link to the right. Browse the site to see what you can learn about ISO 9000 standards and how they relate to the IT industry. 3. Go to in your browser. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) home page will display. 4. Read the description of the W3C at the top of the page. Then scroll down the left navigation bar, click W3C A To Z, and read through the list of topics. Click any links that you find interesting to learn more about specific Web standards. You will learn about and use many of these technologies in CIW Web Foundations and CIW Web Design Specialist courses. 5. Go to in your browser. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) home page will display. 6. Click the Info for Newcomers link for an overview of the organization. Click your browser's Back button to return to the IETF home page. 7. Click the RFC Pages link on the IETF home page. Here, you can locate and read RFCs that define various Internet technologies. 8. Go to in your browser. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) home page will display. Click the About IEEE link to learn more about this organization and how it contributes to IT standards and practices. 9. Go to in your browser. The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) home page will display. Read about this organization's latest activities. The Web sites you visited in this lab represent some of the important standards organizations that provide the necessary framework for business, network and Internetrelated success.
2 Optional Lab Answers-2 Optional Lab 2-1: Using SMS to send and receive text messages In this optional lab, you will use SMS to send and receive text messages on mobile phones. 1. Form small groups of two to three people who have at least two personal mobile phones available to them that they are willing to use for this lab. 2. Start your Web browser and visit This site provides links for sending free SMS messages from or the Web to mobile phone providers worldwide. 3. Click several of the links to see the options available. Some links will allow you to send text messages via the Web, while others require an account. 4. Visit This site offers free SMS service through Google. You can use this site to have informative text messages sent to your mobile phone. 5. Examine the categories of information available, and then click the link for the online demo. 6. Experiment with the demo and then decide as a group what question to ask via whose mobile phone. 7. Start a new text message on the designated mobile phone, send the message to the following number: (or the appropriate number for your particular message), then wait for a reply text message. When the reply is received, view it on the mobile phone. How might this information be useful while you are traveling? 8. Using the data provided in Table 2-1 in this lesson (the SMS address table) or on the Web page, send a text message to your lab partner. 9. When you receive a text message from your partner, send a reply. Was it easy to send and receive SMS messages between mobile phones? 10. As a class, designate one class member (who has a Web account) to send an message to another class member's mobile phone. Have the student designated to send the message sign on to his or her account, compose and send the message. 11. Have the designated recipient send a reply, and then have the sender check for incoming messages. Was it easy to send messages back and forth between a mobile phone and a computer? 12. Log out of any programs, close your browser, and turn off your mobile phone. In this lab, you used SMS to send and receive text messages to and from a Web site, between mobile phones, and between a mobile phone and a computer.
3 Optional Lab Answers-3 Optional Lab 3-1: Learning about the Internet In this optional lab, you will visit two Web sites that provide information about the Internet. 1. Open your Web browser and go to The Internet 101 home page will display. 2. In the navigation section on the left side of the page, click the link for Internet Basics to display information about the formation of the Internet. 3. In the navigation section on the left side of the page, click the link for About The Web to display information about the World Wide Web. 4. Click other links on the left side of the page to display information about those topics. 5. When you are finished reading, go to in your browser. 6. Scroll through the list of Internet articles and resources on the main page, and click a link that interests you. Follow the links to learn more about the Internet. 7. When you are finished reading, close the browser. The Web sites you visited in this lab are just two of many reference sources you can access for information about the Internet.
4 Optional Lab Answers-4 Optional Lab 3-2: Creating your own radio station with Pandora In this optional lab, you will use Pandora to create a personalized online radio station by initially selecting songs or artists, then approving or disapproving other music recommendations provided by Pandora based on crowdsourcing. Pandora is an example of a cloud computing application. 1. Open your Web browser and go to The Pandora home page will appear, as shown in Figure OL3-1. Figure OL3-1: Pandora home page 2. Type a song or artist of your choice in the indicated field, then press the ENTER key. Pandora will create a "radio station" and immediately begin to play a song related to your choice. An album icon for the song appears on the right side of the screen. 3. You can click the "thumbs-down" or "thumbs-up" icon button at the top of the page to either disapprove or approve the song, respectively. Click the thumbs-up button to approve the song. 4. Wait for a few minutes until the song finishes playing. When the first song finishes, another song begins to play and its album icon will display to the right of the first song's icon. 5. In the second song's album icon, click the "thumbs-down" button to signify your disapproval. Notice that as soon as you click the icon, that song stops playing and another song appears and begins to play. Your screen should resemble Figure OL3-2.
5 Optional Lab Answers-5 Figure OL3-2: Personalizing Pandora radio station 6. Scroll down the page and click the Browse Genre Stations link to display a list of music genres. 7. Click a genre category of your choice, then click one of the subcategories that appears. Notice that another song begins to play in the playlist from the category you selected. Also notice that another station appears in your station list. As you can see, you are providing feedback that instantly changes each station's playlist. By continuing to approve or disapprove the recommended songs, the station learns more and more about what you like or dislike. This results in a progressively more personalized radio station that will end up playing the types of songs you like the most. 8. When you are finished, close and reopen your browser, then go to the Pandora Web site. Notice that your stations appear and the next recommended song in the selected station automatically begins to play. 9. Close the browser. In this lab, you explored the Pandora Internet radio Web site and observed how crowdsourcing works to help you refine your own choices based on feedback from the community at large.
6 Optional Lab Answers-6 Optional Lab 4-1: Managing the History folder in Windows Internet Explorer In this optional lab, you will set a time limit for pages in the History folder, and then manually empty it. 1. Open the Internet Explorer browser. 2. In the Menu bar, select Tools Internet Options, then select the General tab. In the Browsing History section, click the Settings button. The Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box appears. Click the View Files button. The Temporary Internet Files folder will open in Windows Explorer. 3. Scroll through the Temporary Internet Files folder. What types of files are displayed? Are you able to open these files? These are the files downloaded by Internet Explorer to display Web pages. 4. Close Windows Explorer and return to the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box in Internet Explorer. 5. In the History section, change the number of days to keep pages in history to 1 day. 6. Configure the size of the browser cache. Select the value in the Disk Space To Use box, and then type 15 to change the size of the browser cache to 15 megabytes (MB). Click OK to redisplay the Internet Options dialog box. 7. In the Browsing History section, click the Delete button to display the Delete Browsing History dialog box, shown in Figure OL4-1. Notice that you can delete temporary Internet files, cookies and history items when you click the Delete button. Figure OL4-1: Delete Browsing History dialog box Internet Explorer
7 Optional Lab Answers-7 8. Click the Delete button to delete the contents of the History folder (as well as temporary Internet files and cookies). 9. Close the Internet Options dialog box. 10. On the toolbar, click the Favorites button, then click the History tab to display the browser history. The History folder should list no sites. 11. Close Internet Explorer.
8 Optional Lab Answers-8 Optional Lab 5-1: Using Adobe Flash Player with Windows Internet Explorer In this optional lab, you will navigate to the Adobe Web site, and download and install the Adobe Flash Player plug-in. Note: You may require access to an account with administrative permissions to install this software. 1. First, you will download and install the plug-in. Open Windows Internet Explorer and go to to display the Adobe home page. 2. Click the Adobe Flash Player link in the Download section to display the Adobe Flash Player installation page. Deselect the Yes, install Google Toolbar optional check box. Click the Download Now button. 3. You will be asked if you want to run or save Adobe Flash Player. Click Run. 4. When the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Yes. The Adobe Flash Player Installer will open. Take the steps necessary to install Adobe Flash Player. 5. You may be asked to close Internet Explorer. Close Internet Explorer and click Retry. 6. When the installation is complete, a message will appear informing you that the Adobe Flash Player was successfully installed. Click Finish. 7. Next, you will explore the capabilities of the Adobe Flash Player. Go to Explore the showcase to see examples of Web sites using this technology. What do you think of each site you visited? Does multimedia enhance your Web-viewing experience? 8. Click the link under the Site Of The Day heading. Does this site use the animation technologies well? 9. Close Internet Explorer.
9 Optional Lab Answers-9 Optional Lab 6-1: Performing a directory search using Excite In this optional lab, you will use Excite to perform a directory search. 1. Start Windows Internet Explorer and go to The Excite search engine home page will display (Figure OL6-1). Figure OL6-1: Excite home page 2. In the Explore Excite section, click Careers to display hyperlinks related to careers. The Career & Money page appears. 3. Click Career Choices to display hyperlinks related to occupational profiles and articles for popular career paths. 4. In the Career Choices list, click Teachers to display an overview and articles about what it means to be a teacher. Return to the Career Choices page and explore another occupation. 5. On the browser toolbar, click the Back button several times to return to the Excite home page.
10 Optional Lab Answers-10 Optional Lab 6-2: Performing a keyword search using Excite In this optional lab, you will use Excite to perform a keyword search. 1. In the Internet Explorer browser, ensure that the Excite home page appears. 2. Click anywhere in the Search The Web text box, type IT manager job responsibilities, then click the Search button. Links to Web pages containing the keywords you specified will display. The results are from the three major search engines: Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Your screen will appear similar to Figure OL6-2. Figure OL6-2: Excite search results from Google, Yahoo! and Bing 3. Add quotation marks before and after the keywords so that the search string reads "IT manager job responsibilities", then click the Search button. Are there fewer links retrieved than in the previous search? How can you tell? Is the number of results displayed? Why is this? 4. Scroll to the top of the Web page and click Advanced Search. Perform an advanced search for project management that contains the words "phases" and "life cycle." The search should not contain the words "industrial" or "construction." 5. Compare and contrast the Excite search engine with the basic and advanced search functions of Google, Yahoo! and Bing. 6. Close your browser.
11 Optional Lab Answers-11 Optional Lab 7-1: Creating an signature in Windows Live Hotmail In this optional lab, you will create an signature in Windows Live Hotmail. You may be required to verify your phone number in Hotmail in order to access advanced features, such as signatures. 1. Open a browser and go to https://login.live.com. Sign in using your Windows Live ID. 2. Click the Hotmail link at the top of the page. 3. Click the Options link in the upper-right portion of the Web page, then click More Options to display the Hotmail Options page. 4. Under the Writing heading, click the Message font and signature link. 5. Click anywhere in the Personal Signature text box. Type your name, a company where you would like to work, your address and phone number. Notice that a toolbar containing formatting choices appears immediately above your signature. 6. Use the buttons on the toolbar to apply formatting to your signature, such as bold or italic type, different fonts, and so forth. 7. Click the Save button to save your signature, then click the Hotmail link at the top of the page to return to your Inbox. 8. Click the New link to display a new message window. Notice that the new message includes your signature. 9. Click the Cancel link to return to your Inbox. 10. Sign out of Windows Live and close your browser.
12 Optional Lab Answers-12 Optional Lab 8-1: Uncovering typosquatters In this optional lab, you will access sites that may employ the practice of typosquatting and evaluate their motives. Note: Some of the following URLs may become legitimate over time. 1. In your browser, enter the following URL: You should see the Google search engine home page appear. 2. Enter the following URL in your browser, noting the misspelling: What Web page appears? 3. Now enter the following URL in your browser, noting the new misspelling: What Web page appears? Does this page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive here by mistake, expecting to find Google? 4. Enter the following URL in your browser: You should see the Apple itunes home page appear. 5. Now enter the following URL in your browser, noting the misspelling: What Web page appears? Does this page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive here by mistake, expecting to find itunes? 6. Enter the following URL in your browser: You should see the IBM home page appear. 7. Now enter the following URL in your browser, noting the transposition of the letters: What Web page appears? Does this page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive here by mistake, expecting to find IBM? 8. Enter the following URL in your browser: You should see the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) home page appear. 9. Now enter the following URL in your browser, noting the different top-level domain: What Web page appears? Does this page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive here by mistake, expecting to find the W3C? 10. Enter the following URL in your browser: You should see the TicketMaster home page appear. 11. Now enter the following URL in your browser, noting the misspelling: What Web page appears? Does this page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive here by mistake, expecting to find TicketMaster?
13 Optional Lab Answers Consider other sites that you frequently visit or that you know receive a large amount of traffic. Try entering a URL in your browser that is very similar to that site's URL but contains some minor typo or difference. Can you find a typosquatter? Does the page appear to be attempting to profit from users who arrive there by mistake, expecting to find the high-traffic site you were thinking of? 13. Close your browser window.
14 Optional Lab Answers-14 Optional Lab 9-1: Downloading files using the Internet Explorer FTP client In this optional lab, you will use the Internet Explorer built-in FTP client to download files. 1. Start Internet Explorer. 2. In the Internet Explorer Address bar, type ftp://ss1.ciwcertified.com and press ENTER to display the contents of the ss1 FTP site. Click the ss1data link to display the contents of the ss1data subfolder. 3. To display the site in Windows Explorer, press the ALT key to display the Internet Explorer toolbar. Click the View menu and select Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer. If you receive a warning, click Allow. Your screen should appear similar to Figure OL9-1, depending on your folder view options. Figure OL9-1: Internet Explorer FTP client in Windows Explorer 4. Double-click the Documentation folder, right-click Command_Prompt_FTP.txt, and then click Copy To Folder to display the Browse For Folder dialog box. 5. Navigate to the C:\ftp_files folder, and then click OK to copy the selected file to your hard drive. If you copied the Command_Prompt_FTP.txt file to the C:\ftp_files folder in a previous lab, you will be prompted to replace the existing file. Click Yes. 6. Close all open windows.
15 Optional Lab Answers-15 Optional Lab 10-1: Using software to create a project schedule In this optional lab, you will use the GanttProject application to create a project schedule for developing a Web site for a small company. 1. On the Desktop, double-click the GanttProject icon to display the GanttProject window. Note: If a Tips Of The Day message box displays, click the Close button to close it. 2. Click the New Task button to add a task to the Tasks pane, then specify a name of Create Site Map. 3. Click anywhere in an empty area of the Tasks pane to deselect the task, then click the New Task button to create another top-level task. Specify a name of Outline Page Content. 4. With the Outline Page Content task still selected, click the Task Properties button to display the Properties dialog box. Specify a duration of 2 days, then click OK. 5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to add the top-level tasks and task durations from the following table to the project schedule. Top-Level Task Assemble Graphics Map Hyperlinks Develop Site Test Site Test Site Forms Test Site Hyperlinks Deploy Site Duration 1 Day 2 Days 4 Days 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day 1 Day 6. In the Tasks pane, select the Outline Page Content task, then click the Indent button in the Gantt tab toolbar. This step indents the task to make it a subtask under the Create Site Map task. 7. Indent Assemble Graphics and Map Hyperlinks to make them subtasks under the Create Site Map task. 8. Indent Test Site Forms and Test Site Hyperlinks to make them subtasks under the Test Site task. 9. In the Gantt chart, click and hold the Gantt bar for the Outline Page Content task, drag it to the Gantt bar for the Assemble Graphics task, then release the mouse button. This step specifies that the start of the second subtask is dependent on the completion of the first and moves the start date of the second subtask forward two days. 10. Continue to link the remaining Gantt bars so that the start of each task (or subtask) is dependent upon the completion of the previous task (or subtask).
16 Optional Lab Answers In the Tasks pane, select the top-level task Create Site Map and display the Properties dialog box. 12. In the Date section, click the Show Calendar button next to the Begin Date box, click the first Monday following the current week, then click OK. Notice that the entire project moves forward to reflect the new project start date. Notice also that weekend dates in the project timeline are automatically bypassed. 13. Scroll the Gantt chart if necessary to shift the entire Gantt chart into view. Your task list and Gantt chart should now resemble Figure OL10-1. Figure OL10-1: Task list and Gantt chart final 14. Exit GanttProject without saving the project schedule.
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