The online World (Shareware book)
Rob.Harper at csc.fi
Wed Aug 11 09:07:59 EST 1993
I recently came across this post. I have not had time to get it
yet or to say if it is worthwhile, but it you are interested
then here is how to get it, by various methods.
*** BOOK ABOUT THE ONLINE WORLD RELEASED AS "SHAREWARE" ***
Odd de Presno, a Norwegian author, has released his work "The Online
World" as a shareware book through global online services and networks
like the Internet, CompuServe, and others.
The Online World was previously published in Norwegian as a 275 page
hardcover book (ISBN 82-90628-67-6), and is still available in
traditional bookstores. Local language versions are in the process of
being published on paper in Denmark and Germany.
The non-fiction book deals with the practical side of using the global
online information resource. It explores selected applications across
network and service boundaries showing how such needs can be met. The
examples range from databases to entertainment and the bizarre to
special services for professionals and organizations.
While the author lives in Norway, the reader is not expected to live
in any particular country. The breadth of the offerings is described
by using applications on major global networks and services as the
Internet, Fidonet, Usenet, CompuServe, BITNET, IASNET, and many
According to the author, the book is not being issued into the public
domain and, in issuing it as shareware, he does not waive any rights
de Presno claims that the work is "being distributed electronically so
that hundreds of thousands more people can get aware of the wonderful
opportunities that are waiting for them in the online world." He hopes
this will make more people buy modems and get online for the first
The book is distributed as an ASCII text file suitable for sending to
a printer, searching, and reading with a wordprocessor or a file
Odd de Presno has published several books about the subject. Besides
being an author, he is the founder and project director of KIDLINK, a
global project working to get as many 10 - 15 year old children as
possible involved in a global dialog.
The book is available as ONLINE.ZIP from Library 5 in CompuServe's
Over the Internet, the book may be obtained through the use of File
Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP is a term used to describe the
automated transfer of a file from a remote computer system over the
Internet, using standard protocols.
To retrieve the book automatically over the net, Internet-connected
users can ftp to oak.oakland.edu (in the /pub/msdos/info) as user
'anonymous'. The file name is ONLINE10.ZIP (248KB). It is an MS-DOS
If ftp is unavailable, the book may be retrieved by electronic mail
to ftpmail at decwrl.dec.com using the following retrieval commands:
The received file is decoded. For help with decodeing, send mail
to LISTSERV at vm1.nodak.edu containing the command "GET KIDLINK
The book can also be retrieved by email from LISTSERV at VM1.NODAK.EDU
(U.S.A.), TRICKLE at FRMOP11.BITNET (France), and TRICKLE at SEARN.BITNET
(Sweden) by using the command /PDGET pd:<msdos.info>online10.zip
A plain ASCII version of the book can be retrieved by anonymous ftp
from EUnet Norway at ftp at eunet.no as /pub/text/online.txt . A
compressed version is in /pub/text/online.txt.Z . The EUnet Norway
mailserver can also be used: send a message containg the single
line "HELP" to mailserver at eunet.no for instructions.
Press contact: Odd de Presno, +47-370-31378 (voice); +47-370-27111
(fax); Email over the Internet: opresno at extern.uio.no.
= / / / ___ ___ _/_ = Jon Petter Bjerke, EUnet Norge AS,
= /---- / / / / /___/ / = Gaustadalleen 21, N-0371 Oslo, Norway
= /____ /___/ / / /___ / = Tel: +47 22958327 Fax: +47 22604427
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