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Subject:Re: Internet Guides From:Ray Bruman x2325 <rbruman -at- TURING -dot- RAYNET -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 28 Jun 1994 12:44:16 PDT
> |} The time is ripe for an easy to use, easy to understand user's guide to the
> |} Internet. If I'm behind the times, please give title and author.
> |} -Marilynne
Well, "behind the times" happens pretty fast these days on this topic.
A few months ago I was in a little Crown Books in a strip mall in
Burlingame, CA (not really part of Silicon Valley) and they had an
AISLE (not a shelf, an AISLE) devoted to Internet books already.
Looks like a repeat of the torrent of "Computer" books of the 80's.
(Which turned into a nightmare for book retailers; they can't judge 'em.)
For beginners, only you can judge the appealing ones from the dreck.
You got to go to the bookstore and (sigh) wade in.
The following is a way for weenies to help aspiring weenies:
> Um, if you have access to anonymous ftp, you can download the Electronic
> Frontier Foundations, ``Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet.'' It is a text
> only document that will give you a good foothold. It was last updated in
> October of 93, so it is fairly current.
> Look for it at gatekeeper.dec.com /.3/net/info/big-dummys-guide
> or osprey.telcom.arizona.edu /NETWORKS.DIR;1/INTERNET.DIR;1.
> Mac weenies can get an hqx'd version at sumex-aim.stanford.edu