emember all that late-1980s talk about the Information Superhighway? You
Rlearned you’d get 500 cable channels, not just 50 (or, as comedians put it, 500
terrible channels instead of 50 terrible channels). Like most predictions involving
technology, this one was way off the mark. (Add this one to the growing catalog of
predictions gone awry, such as the famed remark by a 19...
predictions gone awry, such as the famed remark by a 1950s IBM executive that the
world would need, at most, a dozen or so computers.) The Information Superhighway
didn’t happen at the TV; instead, it happened at the personal computer, connected to
the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Bryan Pfaffenbergeris the author of more than 75 books on computers and the
Internet, including the best-selling Discover the Internet,from IDG Books Worldwide.
He teaches advanced professional communication and the sociology of computing
in the University of Virginia’s Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication.
Bryan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his fa...
Bryan lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his family and an extremely spoiled cat.
In addition to writing several computer books, Bill Karowhas served as a contribu-
tor or technical editor on more than 30 other books. Formerly in charge of systems
development for Walt Disney Entertainment, Bill now serves as a computer consul-
tant in the Orlando area when he’s not out riding his bicycle. He also has the dis-
tinction of having stood atop many of the buildings at Walt Disney World, fanfare
trumpet in hand (with their permission, of course).
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