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Daily Summary - Wednesday

Once again, the day began with Connections, followed by a brief discussion of hardware and Internet access at home. Then we went into the lab and spent about an hour checking e-mail and exploring the Web.

From about 10:00 until lunch, Steve led the group in a guided tour of the Web: browsing & searching, both within and beyond the Math Forum. He introduced searchers like Yahoo and Altavista. We also looked at the Math Forum's Internet Resource Collection (Steve's Dump), and what searching functions it offers. We experimented with searching for the same thing in several different searchers. Altavista searches the text of millions of Web pages, and so while it is great for finding obscure references, it also tends to return a lot of stuff. Yahoo is a great place to start looking for a topic on the Web, since it does a good job organizing and categorizing resources. Searching of Steve's Dump seemed to be the most reliable method of finding math-related materials.

After lunch, we did Bounce, part 2. Again, it is written up separately.

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23 July 1996