The Internet for Busy People

Wherever we turn these days, references to the Internet are everywhere. This does not necessarily mean all Australians are connected or have a total grasp of Net-related activities. They are the audience of The Internet for Busy People.

However, the book's weakness is that it tells readers what they can do, but not how to go about achieving it. For example, telling a novice they can manage multiple e-mail accounts is quite good, but how do they do it?

There is a brief explanation of how to set up your browser, brief being the operative word. There is a lot you can do with a browser, but I would not have thought turning off link underlining in Netscape is the most important.

However, the chapter dedicated to finding things and people online is quite informative. Useful search engines are listed and so are tips for getting the most out of them.

The most worthwhile information in this book is derived from boxes throughout titled 'Caution', 'Expert Advice', 'Definition', and 'Netiquette'. And for you busy people, I will leave you with this piece of Netiquette: "If you are too busy to respond to e-mail in a timely fashion, consider sending a brief message saying that you did receive the mail and that will respond at length when you have the opportunity."

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