You want to say “I can:”
- download and install software on my computer.
- Log in to a web site with different accounts at once
Why this skill is important:
Knowing how to safely download and install software is an essential
part of using a computer.
Most of what most people do with computers today happens in a web
browser. Many people have strong opinions about Microsoft’s Internet
Explorer as well as Mac OS’s Safari. One reason to avoid either of
them is that each of them works only on one platform, so things you do
will be different from what others do. According to one source of
browser statistics, as of April 2015 Chrome is used by 64% of the
people. This is one time that following the herd is a good idea. If
you ask someone how to solve a problem on the web, there is a good
chance that their solution will involve using Chrome; if you use some
other browser, you cannot heed their advice.
Another reason that this is a good exercise is that , having two
browsers installed on your computer can be handy if you want to, for
example, log in to one site with two different accounts, or if you use
a badly-designed web site that will not let you see multiple pages at
once in multiple tabs (e.g., Sakai).
You should download and install Chrome and Firefox. You should do this
one your own, with no hints or instruction, except that you should
download them from their canonical source. That is, Chrome should come
straight from Google and Firefox should come straight from the
Hint: Type “download chrome” and “download firefox” into
your favorite search engine and follow the first link that is not an
ad. Again, Chrome should come from Google. Firefox should come from
Mozilla.org. If your search engine encourages you to download either
of these from some other site, you should change search engines,
and/or learn what ads look like.
Evidence of success: Open both Chrome and Firefox so that both are
visible on the screen, take a screen shot. Include in your message
anything that seemed confusing that happened along the way and might
help someone else following in your footsteps.
If you want academic credit for having accomplished this Quest, follow
the procedures outlined in Turn It In
If you get stuck, post a question in the help category.