1.1 Why Bother?


Although decades old, the Internet has only recently come of age. This is easily illustrated by the prevalent use of World Wide Web (WWW) addresses in advertisements and business cards. It could be argued that the current public awareness is rooted in the over hyped ‘Information Superhighway’. The tool that has made the Internet accessible to many users is Netscape. As with many Internet tools, this software is available free, and is supported for UNIX, MacIntosh, and IBM PC platforms. Even more important is the fact that Netscape supersedes previously popular Internet interfaces (i.e., gopher, netnews, ftp, archie, etc.). Within minutes of your first exposure to Netscape, you can retrieve pictures, sounds, movies, and software from around the world.


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