For the Mind that Loves Being Online November 12, 2003
By nature, I'm the type of Internet user who only goes looking for
information when I absolutely need it. It is pretty easy to get
lost while online. Not to mention, distracted by tantalizing
tidbits of information.
Most books about the Internet seem to focus on Web
sites or specific Web toys and topics. This book not only covers
all the basics of online life, it also fills in the gaps with
amazing secrets you won't find anywhere else. Yes, there are also
plenty of URLs, yet that is not the main focus.
John C. Dvorak and Chris Pirillo have created the
ultimate Internet manual. In a matter of hours, you can read the
latest information on hardware basics, ISPs, Music Downloads,
E-Commerce, Gaming, Downloading, Email, Spam, Security, Viruses,
Creating Your Own Web Site, Web Programming Languages, The Blog
Phenomenon, Streaming Media, The Inner workings of a Modem,
Networking, PDAs, Internet Marketing, Webcams, Content Management
Instant Messaging, Peer-to-Peer Communication and Internet Law.
John C. Dvorak writes the Inside Track column for
PC Magazine and has been writing opinion columns about computers
since the 1970s. Internet Guru Chris Pirillo has a site where you
can find everything from the "Top 50 Windows XP Tips and
Tricks" to "The 10 Quick Steps to Being a Great Radio
Guest." If you are a Windows Fanatic or want to keep your
mind updated with the latest information, Chris has it covered.
Ok, so he has lots of sites and even developed a Brain Trust.
Wendy Taylor, the former editor of PC Computing,
worked as the project manager and coordinated the knowledge
flowing in from a team of experts from various organizations. Her
organization of the material is awe inspiring.
This Book is divided into four main sections:
The Basics of Surfing - Shows the value of the
Detailed Information on Downloads, Security and Virus Protection
How to Create a Web site
A Collection of Technical Information
So, how will this book be of benefit to you?
1. Are you buying a new computer? - Read
chapter 2 on Hardware Basics and find out that in exclusive
circles people are talking about "overclocking." Beware
the blue screen of death. The great feature of this chapter is the
ability to quickly find information fast. If you are ordering a
computer online and want to know the details about SDRAM, pg. 32
gives a basic overview. Then, skip on over to chapter 11 to read
about security and chapter 12 to learn about viruses. Read about
some famous viruses and learn how they operate. Did you know your
computer is probably filled with spyware? Learn how to delete
cookies and install antivirus programs.
2. Love to Shop? This book has ideas on how
to get the best combination of price and service for your next
purchase. It also shows you how to establish yourself as a seller
at major sites like eBay and Amazon Marketplace. You can sell just
about anything at Amazon. There are a variety of programs and I've
tried zShops and loved how fast items sold. Amazon now sells
3. Did your phone company offer to rent you a
Cable modem or DSL router? How much are you willing to pay to
surf fast? Do you want to save money? How much time do you think
you will be spending online? This book has helpful advice for
every question I've ever had about online life.
4. Interested in Meeting People? I'm glad
the authors to talk about the emotional strain of online life.
While it can be freeing to tell your best friend all the details
of your life, it can be equally unpleasant to find you trusted the
wrong person. It is however, very likely that you have a number of
soul mates out there who can make your online life feel more like
home. You might never meet them unless you were online. This
section discusses chatrooms, lurking, netiquette, instant
messaging, online dating, emoticons, acronyms, chat shorthand and
even an interesting section on Japanese emoticons.
5. Do you have your own Web site? The
authors have summarized the basics. These are all concepts I
learned by trial and error. I'll agree, FrontPage is amazing.
Chapter 14 explains the basics of web programming Languages. HTML,
6. Want to go Wireless? Read about how you
can wear your computer or buy a smartphone.
7. Starting a Business? Read the chapters
on Internet Marketing and E-Commerce.
8. Interested in Downloading Music? Read an
article about the RIAA and Napster.
An Exclusive Online Guide should appear soon. You
have to love books that have their own site with additional
"Online! The Book!" is the Official
Netizen Brain Update! My little online heart also did a few flips.
There is some exciting information in this book. I spent all night
in a reading trance except when I was giggling over the witty
lines. You can spend two years finding some of the secrets of
online life, or you can just spend the evening dining on
intellectual treats from "Online! The Book!" ~The
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