Everything You Needed to Know About the Internet in May 1994
【倪端後記】 1994年的7月，在西雅圖度假期間，我用收到的第一台手提電腦禮物，透過撥接電話上了網路，發出我人生的第一封電子郵件。同時，也在同一時間裏學習注音輸入法鍵入中文，開始為臺灣的聯合報『讀書人』專刊，寫下不少位於Seattle 和 London兩個城市數十家特色書店的報導系列。
Back in 1994, the Internet was the next big thing in technology — hot enough that TIME did a cover story on it, but so unfamiliar that we had to begin by explaining what it was (“the world’s largest computer network and the nearest thing to a working prototype of the information superhighway”).
And in May of that year, computer-book publisher Ziff-Davis Press released Mark Butler’s How to Use the Internet. I don’t remember whether I saw the tome at the time, but I picked up a copy for a buck at a flea market this weekend and have been transfixed by it.
Among the things the book covers:
- E-mail: “Never forget that electronic mail is like a postcard. Many people can read it easily without your ever knowing it. In other words, do not say anything in an e-mail message which you would not say in public.”
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