ASSOCIATES (vol. 2, no. 1, July 1995) - associates.ucr.edu
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_THE INTERNET YELLOW PAGES_ Harley Hahn & Rick Stout 2nd ed., 1995 Osborne, McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-07-882098-7 $29.95 A Review by Bob Farnsworth Senior Library Technical Assistant Serials Department University of North Florida Admit it! You are probably getting just a little bit tired of all the hype about the Information Superhighway. If you're like I am, you do spend more and more time on it. But after a while, like any highway, it gets to be just a bit tedious - especially if you're stopping at the same old exits. So along comes the _Internet Yellow Pages_ - a volume that isn't all that much smaller than some phone books - weighing in at a heft 812 pages. To quote the author, "What do you need to know to use this book? To use this book you need to have access to the Internet, and you need to know how to use the Internet." Once you have satisfied these two requirements, you'll have a great time trying out the many sources of information in this book. The sections and indexes are clearly marked. As its title promises, the volume is set up (including its color) like a yellow pages directory. Topics range from "Agriculture" (want to join an agricultural mailing list? Try
) to Zines (these are similar to magazines - such as the first thirty issues of the science fiction publication _Other Realms_.) In the library world, many of us deal with requests for rather esoteric information. This volume does provide a wealth of sources - from Australian law (What can and can't you do with a kangaroo?) to the computer address for "Mr. Microsoft", Bill Gates ( ). If you want to extend your computer knowledge into developing other pastimes, the "Hobbies" section gives you information for addresses or subscription lists of interest group ranging from artists to unicyclists. There are fascinating comments and wild cartoons liberally spread throughout the book. Many of them can help to educate you about the Internet and computers in general - while making you giggle at the humor. Quotations are handy for your next coffee break: "To dream is human; to telnet is divine". Other fun stuff? The "Games" section is quite a treat. One game I tried out (not during work time, of course!) is called "Conquest". It's a Medieval war strategy game. It's done (through IRC) in real time with players from all over the world (who bear such nicknames as Romulus and Ravenfire). In summary - yes, we have all seen many new books on the Internet. Many of them are well-written and useful at work. However, I recommend this book not only for practical applications at work, but as a great "weekend or vacation read". It's a lot of fun!