The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Cyber Universe

If you thought buying your first personal computer was tough, wait until you try taking it on-line. You'll have to contend with such mysteries as baud rates, modem init strings, and terminal emulators. And you'll have to choose a commercial network service, with each one promising easier access and better "content" than the last. How to make your initial foray into cyberspace successful? By hitchhiking, of course.

Moon Valley Software in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has just introduced a $50 CD-ROM disk called Hitchhiking on the Information Highway, a primer to on-line computing. Using text, sound, and even animated pictures, the disk explains how to set up a modem and connect with other computers via telephone. Buyers also get software to help dial into and go for "test drives" on the CompuServe, Prodigy, America Online, GEnie, or Netcom Netcruiser services and the Internet.