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The Internet for Dummies Quick Reference: Quick Reference [Paperback]

John R. Levine , Margaret Levine Young
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April 1994 For Dummies Computer Book
A fact-filled quick reference provides comprehensive coverage of Archie, Gopher, WAIS, and WWW search utilities, logging in and host names, finding resources, mailing lists and e-mail, and interactive information facilities. (Beginner).

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Even if you're not a dummy, the sixth edition of The Internet for Dummies is one of the best user's guides to the Internet now available. Many so-called Internet books are nothing more than printed collections of Web addresses, but John Levine, Carol Baroudi, and Margaret Levine Young recognize that deciding to use the Internet involves financial commitments and computer-hardware decisions as much as it does looking at neat pictures. That said, don't expect to set up your own e-commerce site with this book, and don't expect to find step-by-step instructions for starting your computer. But do expect to get some good advice about picking an ISP (Internet Service Provider), protecting your privacy (and your kids), and connecting with Windows or a Mac. The authors also do an exceptional job of explaining such terms as PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) and what it is for, and they even talk about the old Unix shell account (with a Lynx text browser) for those not getting a PPP account. You'll find tips for optimizing your browser for speed, building your first Web page, managing e-mail, subscribing to mailing lists, and, yes, shopping. What is most impressive, however, is the balanced approach the authors take in evaluating Web sites (they do give some Web addresses), online services, and browser software. They offer the pros and cons and let you sort it out. They also include their own Web address so you can look for updates to the book and check on their latest favorites. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"...this is a cracking read for anyone with an interest in the Net, regardless of ability." (Internet Made Easy, Book of the Month)

"?guides even the most tentative surfer through the World Wide Web, refusing to breath through 'simple' steps such as knowing you've got a modem and choosing an ISP?invaluable title?" (Internet Made Easy, December 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Internet for Dummies (--For Dummies) May 12 2000
By A Customer
Probably the hardest books to review are those that have the potential to be the very best and just don't make the grade. The authors have impressive backgrounds in the subject. The "For Dummies" series offers the potential for superior editorial guidance. Yet I felt that this book fell substantially short. Although many subjects were covered in depth the book consistently left me wondering "where's the beef?" For example many topics were often covered in just a perfunctory way leaving me thinking "I need more information on this subject just to begin the subject." Two examples of this are the coverage of downloading software off the WWW and ICQ. What if the authors would have not told their continual little cutsey jokes and puns and supplied more information? What if the publisher had not left so much unprinted space on each page and supplied more text? Perhaps then they would have delivered a superior book. As it is it is just mediocre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Levine et al's Internet for Dummies April 15 2000
The Editor has done an excellent job of reviewing, as usual, and I just want to add a few details. Levine has a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale, and Young also has a Degree from Yale. You generally cannot go wrong with a mathematics, physics, or computer science book from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, etc. The ability to translate difficult concepts into ordinary English for all people requires Creative Genius of the highest order. See my reviews of some of the Schaum's Outlines and Scientific American for more on this, and some of my other mathematics and physics book reviews discuss it too. Translating in these fields requires moving from quantitative to qualitative or verbal language, and it often helps inspire the expert as much as the reader with new ideas. Levine et al are experts at summarizing, alphabetizing, isolating the core concepts, isolating errors and counterexamples, all of them key skills in translating into ordinary English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Start-up Aug. 18 2000
I hope, almost everyone has heard of the "For Dummies" books. The series' direct method and clear (sometimes playful and fun) language make learning easy. It is also a well-known computer book series in Russia. "The Internet For Dummies" is the chance to find out in a simple, clear and fun guide which takes the horror out of meeting the Internet for the first time.
As a computer writer, I am always delighted to discover new great book that makes understanding the computer. Many so-called Internet books are nothing more than printed collections of Web addresses. "The Internet For Dummies" is a guide designed just for newbies. Authors do an exceptional job of explaining a large number of Internet terms. You'll also find here a lot of tips for optimizing your browser for speed, building your first Web page, managing e-mail, subscribing to mailing lists, and go shopping on-line. "The Internet for Dummies" is a great start to learning the Internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7th Edition of the Great Internet Dummies Book ! April 27 2000
360 pages of all the facts you'll need about the Web, e-mail, service providers, and search engines. An encyclopedia of the easy to locate information you'll need to surf like an "expert." Provides a complete table of contents and an index of more than 2,200 entries. Topics range from The Net at Home and Work, Your Kids, Web TV and Shopping, to Your First Home Page, Mail, Messages, Chats, and Swiping Files from the Net. Written in the fun, but informative style of the "Dummies" series. At $ 15.95 you'll find a wealth of information to help you. I keep this book on my desk and refer to it often. My two sons are systems analysts and programmers, but I find the things I need faster in this book, than trying to understand what the boys are saying with their technical jargon ! After they answer my question, I still look it up in the book so I can understand the "practical" steps I need to take to get what I want.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME March 23 2001
By A Customer
I have several dummies books, from how to build a PC to CCNA. I had to read this rediculous book when I worked for a very well known DSL provider on the East Coast. This book was trivial, assumes that you are completely mindless and plugs certain products and services shamelessly. Yes, I agree, Hot Bot is a pretty good search engine...but it is not the only one out there. This book has technical incosistansies throughout and is basically a really really long advertisement. Easily the worst dummies book in print, and Im not being a jerk, I love dummies books, Ron Gilster rocks, but this is absolute crap. You can honestly get more informed with a magazine.
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