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EFF's Guide to the Internet, v. 3.15

by Adam Gaffin

Welcome to the Internet! You're about to start a journey through a unique land without frontiers, a place that is everywhere at once -- even though it exists physically only as a series of electrical impulses. You'll be joining a growing community of millions of people around the world who use this global resource on a daily basis.<P> With this book, you will be able to use the Internet to:<P> * Stay in touch with friends, relatives and colleagues around the world, at a fraction of the cost of phone calls or even air mail.<P> * Discuss everything from archaeology to zoology with people in several different languages.<P> * Tap into thousands of information databases and libraries worldwide.<P> * Retrieve any of thousands of documents, journals, books and computer programs.<P> * Stay up to date with wire-service news and sports and with official weather reports.<P> * Play live, "real time" games with dozens of other people at once.

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