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AUTHOR OPENS DOORWAY TO WORLDWIDE SUPPLY OF KNOWLEDGE

 AUTHOR OPENS DOORWAY TO WORLDWIDE SUPPLY OF KNOWLEDGE
 SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite efforts to keep


their actions secret, within hours of the Chinese army firing on protesters in Tiananmen Square and high government officials attempting the 1991 August coup in the then-Soviet Union, word of these events hit the western world. There were no midnight border crossings or furtive long-distance phone calls. No, instead of hanging a lamp in Old Church, these modern-day Paul Reveres posted the news on the Internet global computer network.
 The Internet was born 20 years ago as an experimental Defense Department electronic information network. From its military origins, it has grown into a collection of international networks that allow almost anyone with a modem to talk via computer to almost anyone else in the world. Also via the "net" (as it's known to insiders), users gain access to files ranging from ski conditions in Aspen to the latest agricultural information State Department travel advisories.
 The Internet's growth has been remarkable. In 1986, there were 6,000 computers on the net. Today there are over 1 million computers connected with over 4 million users in 107 countries.
 The problem with the Internet, according to Ed Krol, author of "The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog" (O'Reilly & Associates; Sebastopol; 800-998-9938), is that "Getting a handle on it is a lot like grabbing a handful of jello. The more firm you think your grasp of this worldwide supply of knowledge is, the more it oozes down your arm. What you need isn't a firmer grasp but the right tool -- a spoon."
 With the publication of his book, Krol, assistant director for LAN Deployment at the University of Illinois, has created the right tool for the growing number of "garden variety" computer users who would benefit from the Internet. Be they users of DOS, Macintosh, VAX/WMS, UNIX, or other kinds of computer, they will find Krol's book instructive.
 His book closes with a listing of 300 mostly free resources he deems "the most unique and interesting things we could find on the net." These include Project Hermes, a posting of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Minority Online Information Service, AIDS Information Resource, and an electronic version of PC Magazine.
 "My book is aimed at 'garden variety' computer users," said Krol, "not the expert or the computer aficionado. It is for anyone who has a job to get done."
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