Web Drivers License

Mark L. Bardenwerper (bardenwe@vbe.com)
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 20:40:09 -0700

Many new users of the internet (and quite a few of us older ones) get
into a panic when we run into a problem. We run to the nearest listserv
and cry for help. I hope that I am not the only one who has found the
answer to a question ON MY OWN just moments after I have posted.
The most powerful tool that you have? The search engine!
Don't think that if you don't find it on Yahoo on one try that it does
not exist. I personally find Yahoo practically inert. My favorite?
Infoseek! If I can't find it there, I go next to Exite, then to Magellan.
Yahoo is my last resort. Poke at the question. Type "Cu-SeeMe and
gethostname" or "Cu-SeeMe listserv". Use keywords with obvious meanings.
No essays. You may have to reword a few times, but don't give up too
easily. You may have to nibble away at the edges of a problem, such as
"Windows 95 Lockups" or "Windows lockups", or "Windows troubles". You
might even try simply the name of the software provider. I call it
threadwalking. It takes time, but it works, and I have found a lot of
other goodies on the way. Try it: go ahead, pick a subject. Any subject.
Now, type a few key words. Click down through a few pages of findings.
Sift, sift. Wander, wander. Find, find. Don't forget that your time is no
more valuable than anyone else's.

Happy hunting! Be a smart consumer!
(^:# Mark L. Bardenwerper #?)