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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
For those users of CompuServe, Prodigy, and America Online, this might be a
handy book since it tells you how to use archie, WAIS and ftp from those
systems. Didn't know CompuServe had archie? Of course it doesn't. The book
tells you how to use it via email. However, other books also tell you how to
use various resources via email, and it isn't too hard to figure out, once you
know how to address email to an Internet site.
The two chapters of part one, "An Internet Overview", are very solidly written.
I would suggest it would be a valuable exercise for many Internet trainers (and
not a few Internet guide authors) to read and note the many good points
therein. Part two looks at Internet access via CompuServe, Prodigy, America
Online, Delphi, and a basic UNIX system. Most of the material is extremely
repetitious, and the instructions are at the "button pushing" level. The UNIX
system assumes the use of elm or MH and access to local archie, gopher, WAIS
and lynx clients. Part three, showing a strong personal commitment to
recycling, contains the same standard Internet reference files that are also
reprinted in "Using the Internet" (see reviews
) and "The Internet Resource
Quick Reference" (see reviews
There is a significant amount of "how to" information in the book. The field
independent style, however, means that finding that information is difficult
and time-consuming. The chapters on the specific commercial online systems may
be of immediate use to subscribers to those services, but one is already
outdated, and the others will become so quite quickly.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994
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