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    Not-So-Magna Encarta

    August 6, 1999

    Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia is better known as the CD-ROM bundled with most home computers, but Microsoft also offers a Web version of this reference work. Two, actually: a $50/year deluxe version and a free concise version. The concise edition is handy for many of those head-scratchers that come up at work and at home; searches run quickly, and the short articles that result are good at conveying basic knowledge in a hurry. But the text is inadequately hyperlinked, with shortcuts to some articles but not others. And the selection of free versus pay content is odd; a short essay on the space shuttle is free, while an entry on the Apollo program is not. Bookmark this, but don't leave out its competitor,

    Rob Pegoraro

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