Finding it on the Internet - 2 Reviews
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Finding It on the Internet; Paul Gilster;
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0-471-03857-1;
paperback, 322 pages, US$19.95, CAN$25.95
Title: Instant Internet Access: Multimedia Edition;
Kris Jamsa and Allen Wyatt; Jamsa Press;
ISBN 1-884133-06-1; CD-ROM plus illustrated guide;
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "It's all in the search. With
these two you can't get lost."
It's all in the search, and here are a pair of
Obsolescence in nanoseconds seems to be the
defining characteristic of the fast-moving Information
Superhighway. It's difficult to find current help, or
books about the Internet. Here, however, are two
sources that are up-to-the-second.
Finding it on the Internet is the follow-up to Paul Gilsters
highly regarded earlier book, the Internet Navigator,
the one that did so much to furnish its readers with a
broad explanation of the Internet and its use.
To the author, the Internet is a work in progress,
lacking definitive order and seemingly designed
to confuse the unwary. There are however an array
of search engines with unusual names like archie,
gopher, veronica, swais, jughead, world wide web,
mosaic, and hytelnet. This new book is an explication
of these tools for accurately and quickly simplifying
what is otherwise a complicated exercise.
Paul Gilster writes well, and in clear concise language
he steps the reader through the essential knowledge
segments on the way to understanding. His work is
supported by "Hints" in shaded boxes, well reproduced
screens, a glossary, a detailed index, and best of all
a list of Common Internet Search Commands printed
inside the front and back covers.
Equally up to the task is the CD-ROM edition of Allen L.
Wyatt's Success with Internet, now combined with Kris
Jamsa's [say it as in James not jam] Yellow and White
Pages to create an interactive Internet tutor titled Instant
Internet Access. It requires a double-speed CD-ROM
player and about 6.5 megabytes of your hard disk, but
in action it's dazzling.
Wyatt's paperback version is notable for its parallel
chapters for Mac, DOS, and UNIX users. It has extensive
appendixes, index, and a handy digest tucked inside the
back cover with the essential information for cruising the
Internet. It is a book with an astonishing amount of
information, served up in a highly readable fashion.
All this transported well onto CD-ROM to be joined by
Jamsa's Yellow and White Pages with a series of icons
that, with a touch of a mouse, will instantly bring up audio
or audio/visual explanations and instructions on an infinite
variety of subjects. A Mac version is said to be in the works.
A major compliment is a selection of 19 Shareware
programs included on the disk. When utilized, those
frustrating, dead-end hunts for the jewels of the Information
Superhighway are a thing of the past.
Whether books on disk will save trees and be the wave
of the future is still open to debate. It will certainly speed
up the learning process. Think of it, the Jamsa Yellow
pages can take us to more than two and a half million
documents with 75,000 being added each day, in just
two clicks of a mouse.
It's all in the search. With these two you can't get lost.
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