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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
I suspect the authors have tried to make this book do too many things for too
many people. The result is an acceptable basic Internet guide "bulked out"
with sections that don't work.
Part one provides a background to the Internet, and a very simplified
introduction to the standard applications. An interesting feature is a chapter
on setting up and configuring a modem. Unfortunately, while this provides much
better information to the novice than many "big name" modem reference books, it
still falls short of what the new user needs. Throughout this first section,
there are odd intrusions, such as tables of ISO country codes, which may
confuse the neophyte.
Part two looks at the net from the viewpoint of the provider. This is, though,
a philosophical and limited overview, touching more on the public school
system, acceptable use policies, and sample designs, than on the practicalities
of bandwidth and security. Part three lists varied Internet resources for
public policy and education. A set of appendices contains essays on philosophy
and culture, plus the Hobbes' Internet Timelist, a list of MUDs, and a list of
ftp archive sites.
The book also contains access software for Netcom, and the Chameleon SLIP
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995
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