Dialing for Data

Chandler is a journalist of twenty years experience who, after many years of digging for needed information himself, discovered electronic communications on his personal computer. His sense of awe at the capabilities of his new allies is still in the gee-whiz stage, and it is that awe which he shares with his readers.

Boxes in the midst of the text set off two- or three-paragraph explanations of frequently used jargon, and a glossary at the end defines needed terms briefly. Both features are useful to the neophyte but cannot compensate for the breezy, superficial style and content of the chapters. The cartoons and line drawings do nothing to enhance the book.

The novice computer owner needs much more than is provided here in order to take advantage of any of the services listed. He or she would be better served with a more detailed introduction.