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Computer-less Web Browsing

Boot Camp feature for Friday, May 12, 2000

Get info from the web even if you don't have a computer. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a ThirdAge.com report on computers and technology. A toll free number you can call today to get information from the web. You don't even have to sign up or have access to the Web to take advantage of Quack.com. The name may sound like a bad medical Web site, but CEO Alex Quilici says...

"Well there's a couple reasons for the name Quack. One is, it's an acronym and it stands for quick, ubiquitous access to consumer knowledge. And the second thing is its sound and we want people to be able to remember our service."

Dial 1-800-73-QUACK and follow the prompts. Unlike some other services I've tested, the speech recognition works pretty well...

"Hi there and welcome to Quack, the quickest way to information from the Web wherever you are. Have you called us before?"

"Yes"

"Thanks for calling again. Right now we're at the runway. From here you can take off to all kinds of information by using the go to command. For example, you could say go to weather, go to movies ... "

"Go to sports."

"Sports. The latest game scores any time."

You can sign up for personalized information... they call it My Quack... either on the Web or over the phone. It's free, but you will have to listen to short commercials. So far, I've found it to be just ducky. We have more info on other free online services at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.