Dave Barry in Cyberspace

Dave Barry in Cyberspace

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by Dave Barry

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A self-professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway—and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question: If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many

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A self-professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway—and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question: If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many fonts?

Inside you'll find juicy bytes on

How to Buy and Set Up a Computer; Step One: Get Valium
Nerdstock in the Desert; Or: Bill Gates Is Elvis
Software: Making Your Computer Come Alive So It Can Attack You
Word Processing: How to Press an Enormous Number of Keys Without Ever Actually Writing Anything
Selected Web Sites, including Cursing in Swedish, Deformed Frog Pictures, and The Toilets of Melbourne, Australia
And much, much more!

"VERY FUNNY . . . After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of the book as a kind of screen saver for your brain."
—New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whether you're a computer whiz or a computer nerd, this tongue-in-cheek guide to computing by bestselling humorist Barry (Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, etc.) has enough byte to keep you entertained. Designed to look like a user's manual, complete with section tabs and a mock glossary, it offers a wryly skeptical tour of the digital world with outrageously irreverent commentary on word-processing applications, software installation and use, Windows 95, Comdex trade shows, technical support services and much more. Computerphobes will instantly relate to Barry's spoof, which taps into the residual anxieties lurking even in computer sophisticates. (How to buy and set up a computer? "Step One: Get Valium.") Along with a brief history of computing from cave walls to virtual reality, Barry chats on the Internet, eavesdrops on a cybersex session and visits selected weird World Wide Web sites ("Proof that civilization is doomed.") Barry's nonstop humor is, perhaps necessarily, hit and miss, but he never loses sight of his big target and lets loose with enough volleys to remind us that, despite all the hype, a computer is just a machine "that operates on simple principles that can be easily understood by anybody with some common sense, a little imagination, and an IQ of 750." Major ad/promo. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
HUMOR This latest spoof by a best-selling author and popular syndicated humor columnist is a welcome antidote to the recent influx of technical jargon regarding computers and the Internet. In typical style, Barry pokes fun at everything imaginable: "Picture this scenario. ...Your 12-year-old child suddenly remembers that he has a report...due tomorrow. He needs to do some research, but the library is closed....Your cyber-savvy youngster simply...logs onto the Internet...and, in a matter of minutes, is exchanging pictures of naked women with youngsters all over North America." Although readers of Barry's past collections will often see the punchlines before they arrive, there is enough hilariously imaginative material hereparticularly a chart depicting emoticons, those annoying keyboard symbols that chat group users employ to suggest emotionto justify purchase in most public libraries.Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"

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Dave Barry in Cyberspace: A Word from Dave

You need to know right off the bat that I'm a total computer geek. I am pathetic. You've seen all those computer magazines with names like Data Dweeb and cover headlines like: Inside: Explicit Color Photographs of Big Hard Drives! and Wax Your Modem for Improved Speed!

No doubt you've asked yourself, "What kind of no-life loser actually reads these magazines?" I do! All the time! I read them in bed! I look at the pictures of new computer systems and become moderately aroused and say things like, "Whoa! Check out the 6X SCSI-2 CD-ROM drive on THAT baby!"

I could go on and on, listing the ways in which computers enrich our everyday lives. But I've made my point, which is that we live in the Computer Age, and you need to get with the program. You are standing in the airport terminal of life, and the jet plane of the 21st Century is about to take off. You must make a choice: Do you remain in the terminal, eating the stale vending-machine food of outmoded thinking? Or do you get on the plane and soar into the stratosphere of computerization, swept along by the jet stream of evolving technology, enjoying the in-flight snack of virtually unlimited information access, secure in the knowledge that if you encounter the turbulence of rapid change, you are holding, in this book, the barf bag of expert guidance.

That is the vision of tomorrow that I am offering you. Come, take my hand, and together let us explore this amazing new cyber-world. If you don't know anything about computers, have no fear: I'm not going to bombard you with a bunch of technical gobbledygook. I'm going topresent you with simple, practical, well-organized, easy-to-understand information, a lot of which I will make up as I go along. So let me just take a moment now to run this chapter through my computer's spell-checker, and then you and I can begin our fascinating journey into a brighter, better, and--above all--more productive future.

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Dave Barry in Cyberspace 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Dave Berry's witty language as well as his ability to go above and beyond in terms of amusing literature. I recommend this book to anyone in need of a good laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you spend your days tapping plastic keys, developing spreadsheets, sorting data, researching the web.....you will be laughingly gratified to know that you are not alone in your frustrations. Dave advises that the computer to purchase is the one that became available two days after you bought the one you have, and similar real, true, and very funny advice. Dave's humor is supported by a broadbase of knowledge, experience, natural wit and sensitive perception of commonly encountered computer user unfriendliness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Ha ha ha ha Can't ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Stop ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Laughing ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
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I recently read Dave Barry In Cyberspace and i must say it is a Fantastic book. Very funny and enjoyable from beginning to end. I am now reading 'Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up' and so far it is a great book too. After 'Is Not Making This Up' I will read 'Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway'. I recommend Dave Barry to anyone and/or everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, the book is funny -- until you get to the last few chapters: Chapters 12 and 14 are the story of two lonely, married people who meet on-line and (maybe) start an affair. These two chapters -- totally different in style and structure from the rest of the book -- are magnificent, tender, moving, hilarious, beautifully written. Even if you don't like Dave Barry, go to a book store or library, pick up this book and read those chapters. It won't take long, but I promise you it's time well spent. The story, and the ending, will stay with you for days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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