Online! The Book
||Author: John C. Dvorak, Chris Pirillo, Wendy Taylor|
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Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (24 October, 2003)
Sales Rank: 49,044
Average Customer Rating: 4.56 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Good newbie guide to the Internet
If you read PC Magazine on any kind of a regular basis, you already know 95% of what's in this book. If you're relatively new to the Internet, it's a great way to get up to speed quickly. A very thorough newbie guide to the Internet.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Mediocre Guide to the Internet
This book is a relatively simplistic reference guide to getting started on the Internet. It is definitely geared to users of the AOL set; in other words, the uninitiated. While numerous topics are addressed, none are approached with any kind of detail or particular interest, or particular order. It's merely a collection of factoids laid out in print.
There are some useful things to be gleaned from the text. For example, good information about how to stay off of spam mailing lists, how to avoid being infected by viruses and how to stay away from some of the Internet's most common pitfalls are provided.
The book also promotes some stereotypical behaviors that are generally associated with being taboo on the Internet. It is also written from a blatantly Windows-centric point of view. While not every book can be about Linux, MacOS? or other non-Microsoft technologies, Mr. Dvorak seems to be particularly dismissive of alternatives, citing high learning curves and lack of support, neither of which is really true anymore.
For the most part, I found little to endear me to this book, though there are a few genuinely interesting nuggets of advice and examples of useful computer- and network-related technologies interspersed within the monotony. Someone browsing bookstore shelves will probably be more attracted to a "Dummies" book than to this one. If I were standing next to one so inclined, I don't think I would try to dissuade them, either.
Rating: 5 out of 5
An excellent book!
This book covers everything you need to know about the internet and how to navigate it. For those that were curious how to make the most out of their experience with the world of being online, I would definitely suggest this book... whether someone new, or a seasoned veteran. It covers numerous topics on email, spam, webpages, viruses, streaming media... the list goes on and on. Definitely a 'must have' book. :)
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