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|Title: World Book millennium 2000
Edition: Deluxe ed.; version 4.00.
Published: [Chicago, Ill.?] : World Book ; [S.l.] : IBM,
Description: 2 computer optical discs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
+ 1 user guide (30 p. : ill. ; 12 cm.)
Dewey No.: 031 13
Notes: System requirements: IBM-compatible computer,
486DX/100 MHz or faster; Microsoft Windows 95, 98, or Windows
NT 4.0 or higher; 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended); 40 MB free
hard disk space; 16-bit sound card; 16-bit color recommended;
CD-ROM drive (double-speed or faster); mouse. For online
access: 8 MB additional free hard disk space; modem; Internet
Title, ed., and version statements from disc
World book millennium 2000 software was developed
for IBM Corp. by IVID Communications, Inc.
User guide inserted in container.
Every article from the World Book print
encyclopedia plus thousands more. Extensive multimedia:
videos, maps, simulations, animation, photos, and sound.
"Surf the Millennium" on simulated Web sites for each
century. Includes a Homework tool kit & research wizards.
Subjects: Electronic encyclopedias.
Other authors: World Book, Inc.
International Business Machines Corporation.
Control No.: 12431152
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