The Internet Navigator
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: The Internet Navigator; The Essential Guide
to Network Exploration for the Individual Dial-up;
Paul Gilster; ISBN: 0-471-59782-1; (Paper/hard),
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan,"Paul Gilster will make
your use of Internet understandable, and that is a
giant step for mankind."
An Internet Navigator Without Peer
For any exploration into the unknown, a compass
is helpful, charts and maps are useful, but an
experienced guide who knows the country is
indispensable. Paul Gilster is familiar with every
backroad, nook and cranny. As our Internet
Navigator he is without peer.
Currently, there are at least a dozen books in the
stores on accessing the "information highway" via
the Internet. Unfortunately some of them are
unintelligible or labelled for "dummies", a term
that frankly doesn't inspire me to buy.
I am a middle-aged man of average intelligence
and a keen interest. Advancing out onto the Internet
is a fascinating journey of discovery using this
wondrous new tool for knowledge expansion. I need
help in negotiating the Internet, and if you are like me
this book is a recommended read.
The Internet can be thought of as a membrane
surrounding the earth that anyone with computer,
modem, and access can tap into to transparently
transmit and receive, in nanoseconds, from anywhere
in the world, with 15 million others.
The author shows us that electronic mail or E-mail,
which could be called easy mail, is a low-cost gateway
to learn our way around the Internet. On page 184 he
adds a final note of caution on how to tailor a lowest
cost common sense approach to our use of the Internet.
Using that information, my youngest daughter and I kept
tabs on each other while she was away at university at
a fraction of the cost of "snail mail."
Most Bulletin Board and Host Services we will encounter
use a form of the UNIX operating system. The author
takes sufficient time and space to give us a comfortable
understanding of the "how to" of the system to create
a substitute, on-line teacher.
There are well set out chapter notes, a Bibliography,
an Appendix of Service Providers, and a mini-glossary
incorporated in the index that is helpful. The text is
"easy read," with plenty of explanatory figures. The
result is that when you are ready for a solo orbit
around the world on the Internet, it becomes an
Paul Gilster will make your use of Internet understandable,
and that is a giant step for mankind.
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