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How the Internet Works (7th Edition) Paperback – Sep 12 2003

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 7 edition (Sept. 12 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789729733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789729736
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 25.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,219,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of 20 books, including How Wireless Works, How To Expand and Upgrade PCs, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Yourself Online. He is an executive editor and columnist for CNet and ZDNet; is a technology columnist for the Dallas Morning News; and has written about technology for many magazines and newspapers, including USA Today, PC Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Magazine, PC/Computing, Computerworld, and FamilyPC among many others. Gralla has won several writing and editing awards, including one from the Computer Press Association for the best feature article in a computer magazine.

As a well-known expert on computers and the Internet, he has appeared frequently on numerous TV and radio shows and networks, including the CBS Early Show, CNN, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, MSNBC, CNBC, TechTV, and CNet Radio.

He was the founding managing editor of the well-known newspaper PC Week and a founding editor of PC/Computing. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence from the National Magazine Awards.

Gralla lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife Lydia, children Gabriel and Mia, and a rabbit named Polichinelle. He also writes the free Gralla's Internet Insider email newsletter. To subscribe to it for free, send an email to with the words SUBSCRIBE NETINSIDER on the subject line.

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I am a seasoned computer geek. I'm the one everybody calls when they are having trouble with their computer or software. My girlfriend is an absolute beginner. She has been taking some beginner courses. We bought the book because it was recommended by one of her instructors and we have both been able to benefit from it. I recommend this as a reference for every good computer user's library.
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HASH(0xa06cd258) out of 5 stars Excellent current information presented clearly & concisely Nov. 3 1999
By George Orfanedes - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book presents this somewhat complicated subject in clear understandable language and diagrams. Both the novice and the experienced user/surfer will discover new facts or clear up a misconception about the technologies of the Internet. Many terms are defined and explained, including the interactions of computers and associated hardware devices, communications, software, and protocols.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04e2fe4) out of 5 stars Simple but Thorough - A Great Introduction Dec 20 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book a year or two ago and have come back to it many times as a reference. This is a visually-based book, which uses many illustrations to explain the functioning of the internet to the reader. Yes, there are a lot of areas where it glosses over things and it is very repetitive, but there are many parts where the large, clearly illustrated examples are without question the best explanation of some very complex systems. The book does spend a lot of time on simpler, less awe-inspiring technology like email and explaining how HTML works, but this is well balanced out by the visually-based explanations of how routers and other more dynamic aspects of the internet work together.
The book also clearly spells out the differences between various access systems (DSL vs. Cable modems, vs. dial-in modems, vs. Satellite access) and also spends enough time outlining wireless internet access and other systems to allow the reader to see how the same 'system' used for the internet applies to these newer, more cutting edge applications. I think the book does a great job of showing and explaining all of the complexities behind the internet, without bogging the reader down with too much jargon and detail.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011da38) out of 5 stars Hard to rate - it depends on the audience Jan. 15 2007
By calvinnme - Published on
Format: Paperback
Obviously if you are just learning about the Internet, your first choice is not going to be Tanenbaum's classic "Computer Networks". Likewise, if you are a network security professional, this book won't help you either. This book is basically a picture book with very easy to swallow pieces of accessible text between pictures. It is meant to acquaint the complete novice with the basics of the Internet. By basics I mean defining terms, what it means to connect to the Internet, and interacting with the Internet without getting your identity stolen. The illustrations are quite enlightening to beginners, but don't expect detailed instructions on how to accomplish tasks of any complexity. If you are looking for that kind of beginner's book I recommend "The Internet: The Missing Manual" by Biersdorfer, published by O'Reilly and Associates. If you have a friend or relative who is completely new to computers who just wants to know about the Internet, this will do. If they want to interact with the Internet in any meaningful way, get the Missing Manual book. I was generous and gave this book three stars because I'm not really sure it's fair to downgrade a book because I think it is too simple. That might have been its intent.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0164f0c) out of 5 stars Interesting but headache-causing graphics all over the place May 16 1999
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Format: Paperback
Overall this is a great introductory book to the Internet, amazing in its thoroughness. The introductions to the chapters tend to get repetitious and wordy, but they are informative and enjoyable. The illustrations, however, are remarkably tough to follow, with numbers flying here and there and the same PC/server diagrams on every page. Also, I am amazed an Internet intro book does not have a glossary...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09d9540) out of 5 stars Visual aids to understand the Internet April 3 2000
By Reza Ranjbary - Published on
Format: Paperback
As an Internet instructor, I have found the book a must for my students. The book has improved since the previous edition by adding new information about the novelties of Internet technology. Moreover, you will find the drawings the most facsinating feature of the book. Take my word as professional in the field, there are stacks of data for you there. useful