Talk about snail mail: Searching for information on the Internet during peak periods is often so slow, it's a completely inefficient use of time. Fortunately, several companies now offer off-line searching tools on CD-ROM.
Frontier Technologies' CyberSearch, for instance, contains a database of more than 500,000 popular Internet locations. With CyberSearch ($20), you can search by key words or specific topics, and quickly access brief descriptions of information found at each site. Then you can launch your Web browser and link directly to the site. Other advantages: CyberSearch works with nearly any Web browser, and you can get monthly updates ($9.95) on CD-ROM.
Will off-line searching tools like these completely replace free search engines like Yahoo! and InfoSeek on the Web? Probably not. But they can make more efficient use of the time-and money-you spend online.