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The following shows books related to communications.
Topics might include Local Area Networks, the Internet,
Modems, or Bulletin Board Systems.


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BBS Construction Kit 1994
by David Wolfe
ISBN: 0-471-00797-8

    Although Bulletin Board Systems have fallen by the wayside since the Internet became the defacto world-communications standard, hobbiests reading here may be interested. Described are the required hardware and software, file transfers, e-mail, antivirus, system events and so on. A disc is included.

A DOS User's Guide to the Internet 1994
by James Gardner
ISBN: 0-13106-873-3

    This book is oriented toward PC users planning to connect to the Internet via dial-up. Provided are detailed instructions on how to do so using the enclosed UUCP software from MKS (Mortice Kern Systems) which includes the UUCP and MailX programs. Explained is how to transfer files over the Internet, send and receive e-mail, and how to view and post to Usenet newsgroups. The latter two are discussed further in a section on Netiquette. Also given is how the UUCP software can be used to send and receive information between the office and business personnel in the field.

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Google Hacks
100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
by Tara Calishane and Rael Dornfest
ISBN: 0-596-00447-8

    A book not about DOS at all, but useful for any user (DOS or not) doing Internet searches. It is invaluable for any person or business that wishes to include Google services on his or her website. (This site combines two of those services for one of its internal search services.) Because the information is so valuable and because the advanced methods incorporate the Perl script language which is available for DOS, it was decided to provide this title here. Note that for non-programmers, there are still many methods that don't use scripting, plus a plethora of tips useful for any Internet search.

    Beginning with search basics and advancing to more involved methods, the authors describe techniques that allow one to focus searches so as to narrow the results and find desired information faster. The range of customisation available to both the user and web author is quite extensive. Some tips work with other search engines, but most are Google exclusives. Next are described some of Google's data collections and how to search within them. These include images, UseNet newsgroups and news.

    Beyond the above, developers are taught how to access Google's database of search results for web applications and games, and are given methods through which webpages can achieve better search engine rankings. In the process, the latter improve a page's design for more than just ranking purposes.

    The phrase "wealth of knowledge" is a cliche that actually applies to this book. One thing that detracts from it though, is an unusual number of grammar errors. Despite these making for a distracting read at times, it is a highly recommended publication.

Modems for Dummies 1993
by Tina Rathbone
ISBN: 0-56884-001-2

    For those using dial-up Internet, telephone transmission, or similar communication methods, this book will be a great help. It gives modem basics, then discusses software and communication protocols. Large troubleshooting and do's & don'ts chapters help to answer common questions, and a buyer's guide discusses the ins and outs that will assist you in getting the right modem and software for your purpose.

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NetWare LAN Management Toolkit
by John McCann and Rick Segal
ISBN: 0-672-30170-9

    A recommended book for anyone wanting to set up a DOS networked system. All the aspects are thoroughly laid out for the beginner and intermediate user including history, cabling, and protocols. The book then discusses in detail the necessary software and add-on tools that make a network run smoothly and trouble-free. A great resource is the included disc which contains an amazing variety of programs. A plus is the inclusion of a multitude of example batch files that automate the running and care of your network.

NetWare Supervisor's Guide 1995
by John McCann
ISBN: 1-55851-402-3

    Author McCann provides another detailed book on using NetWare, but this time from an admistration perspective. This is for version 4.1 but previous versions are included. Topics covered are the expected NetWare components and installation, but extensive discussions of managing and maintaining a network, and diagnostics and troubleshooting are focused upon. An excellent feature is the detailed appendices that include abbreviations, protocols, console parameters, and much much more. Reconmmended.

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Understanding Local Area Networks 1995
by Neil Jenkins and Stan Schatt
ISBN: 0-672-30840-1
(Fifth Edition)

    A detailed look at setting up and maintaining a LAN for the home ir office is covered here. The basics are discussed including network layouts and cabling, standards and protocols, and hardware. Various types of networks and softwares are covered, the latter spanning DOS, Macintosh and Windows. Chapters are devoted to Novell NetWare and to the NT and IBM servers.

Using Novell NetWare 3 1992
by Bill Lawrence
ISBN: 0-88022-756-7

    Novell is the most popular network software for DOS. Its workings and setup are detailed here starting with network components and the features and functions of NetWare. It tells how to manage users and share hardware, have the system be secure and how to make your network run efficiently. It even discusses interfacing with Macintosh, OS/2 and Windows workstations.

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A special thankyou to Colin Conrad of Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia for book cover scans work.

Thanks to Richard Bonner of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
for digital "repairs" to the covers.

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