Ask Leo! #727 – What’s the Difference Between the Web and the Internet?

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Terms we take for granted, but often misuse? While the difference might seem pedantic, do you know the difference between the web and the internet?

We've all seen it, but just what the heck does it mean? Internal Server Error is usually out of our control, but there are a few things we can try to get past it.

Web-based or desktop-based email? It's not quite a religious argument, but there are definitely some pros and cons to each. The difference is worth understanding, particularly when it comes to backing up.

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What's the Difference Between the Web and the Internet?

In general usage, the terms seem almost synonymous. In practice, I suppose, it matters little if we misuse one to mean the other.

But they're two very different things. More precisely, one is a strict subset of the other. And that other is much, much larger than we think.

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What's an "Internal Server Error" and How Do I Fix It?

I'm trying to download software from a specific site. No matter what I try to download, I get this error message:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator webmaster@******.com and inform them of the time the error occurred and anything you might have done that may have caused the error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

How is this resolved?

I'm very familiar with this error. I see it all the time when setting up or making changes to websites.

The good news? It's not your fault.

The bad news? There's probably nothing you can do.

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What are the Pros and Cons of Web-based Email Over Desktop Email?

My wife and I once used Eudora, where email was downloaded, but right now seem to be happy with the huge amount of space we have available for our web-based email on the ISP's servers. We do lots of housekeeping, retaining only what we need for as long as we need it. What other things should we consider? What does a traditional email program like Thunderbird provide that we might consider?

Web-based and PC-based are different ways to approach email.

As you can imagine, there are arguments in favor for and against each. Which is most appropriate for you depends on many things, not the least of which is what “feels” right to you.

I'll look at both, identify what I think are the important issues, and outline my own approach.

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