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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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Sticking closely to traditional ideas of telecommunications, this volume lists organizations in the fields of audiotex, cellular communications, electronic mail, facsimile, Internet access provision, local area networks, local exchange carriers, microwave networks, personal communications services, satellite services, shared-tenant services, teleconferencing, telegram and telex, transactional services, videotex and teletext, voice and data communications, and voicemail or voice processing. The descriptive listings cover 700 pages, with contact information, brief organizational data, and description. There may also be subordinate product listings. The indices are almost as long as the listings themselves, and there are four: by function ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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While this book does provide you with an overview of MSN, it is not up to the standard of others in the Trail Guide series. The chapter on getting started does not provide even rudimentary troubleshooting. Having recently "handheld" a new MSN user I was able to check for "real world" concerns, and not one of the user's questions was answered in the book. The installation instructions assume that almost everything happens as designed, a most dangerous assumption when dealing with data communications. (Yes, the Microsoft support is mentioned. Yes, the user did call it. No, it wasn't a whole awful lot of help.) The description of general functions and applications is straightforward. It does not, however, give much space or thought... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Book guides to commercial online systems tend to be marked by three characteristics: a "gee whiz" selling of the wonders of *this* particular system; voluminous, overly detailed, and quickly dated descriptions of commands and information; and, an iconoclastic and restricted view of the points of interest on the system. This work is written by "net" veterans and is realistic, though not jaded. The book is fairly short, so the material guides by concept, rather than pushing by keystroke. Finally, the authors realize that this is an introduction, and present guideposts rather than inundate the reader with unwanted "advertising". Part one is a general introduction to CompuServe, covering means of access, the WinCIM front end program and... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This is back to the old style of online service guide. You won't find much here that the Prodigy menus don't tell you. There is, for example, peripheral mention that the Mail Manager offline mail reader exists, but no specifics about how to get it or use it. On the other hand, Prodigy does tend to get short shrift in online service books. If you value your time, then buying and reading this book will likely give you a better idea of whether Prodigy suits your needs, than the "free trial" would. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995
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