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LeVitus, Bob and Andy Ihnatko. Dr. Macintosh's Guide to the On-line Universe. Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992. 261pp.

How can the end-user maximize time and minimize costs online? What is a bulletin board? Where can Mac owners find help? How does a computer virus differ from German measles? Will you be able to survive a computer crash? Yes, my friends, it's a jungle out there among the modems, software, and online services. But take heart because plenty of help exists. The trick is knowing where to look. Bob LeVitus' book, Dr. Macintosh's Guide to the On-Line Universe, is a roadmap to choosing and using the best modems, telecommunications software, and online services.

Beginning with an instruction set on the basic requirements and set-up configurations for startup modem communications, this book evolved into an articulate, insightful companion for many phases of online computing. Communications software, electronic mail, downloading and uploading files are all thoroughly examined and explained. For the accident prone, there are 40 pages of "what to do when disaster strikes." The dialog shifting between the two authors is straightforward, spunky, and user-friendly. The authors are not attempting to sucker anyone into what could easily become an expensive and ever-expansive hobby. The purpose of this book is to empower its readers.

The pros and cons of bulletin board services, commercial online services (CompuServe, GEnie, Prodigy) and business services (Dow Jones News/Retrieval and DIALOG) are analyzed. …

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