The Internet: The Missing Manual
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The Internet: The Missing Manual

by J. D. Biersdorfer, David Pogue
     
 

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The Internet is almost synonymous with change—that's one of its charms, and one of its headaches. You may think you know the Internet, but are you really up to speed on internet telephones, movie and TV downloading, blogging, gaming, online banking, dating, and photosharing?

This utterly current book covers:

    Getting Online. Readers will have all

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Overview

The Internet is almost synonymous with change—that's one of its charms, and one of its headaches. You may think you know the Internet, but are you really up to speed on internet telephones, movie and TV downloading, blogging, gaming, online banking, dating, and photosharing?

This utterly current book covers:

    Getting Online. Readers will have all the information they need to decide what kind of broadband connection works best for them, which browser they should use, and what kind of spyware-fighting and virus-and spam-protection measures they need to protect themselves.
    Finding Information. Google may be the leading search site, but it's certainly not the only game in town. This book introduces a diverse and useful collection of sites that help uncover everything from health care information, to shopping, travel and finance, to dependable reviews and ratings.
    Movies, music, and photos. The Web's teeming with entertainment—and not just the sort of postage-stamp sized videos that only a geek could love. Learn where to download movies, watch TV online, listen to music, play games, and post and share photos with friends.
    Keeping in touch. Email's only the beginning. This book introduces readers to the many tools that make the modern Internet such a great way to stay connected. From Web-based discussion groups to instant messaging programs, and from blogs and podcasts to Internet-based phone calls, this book will help you join the conversation.

Ideal for anyone just venturing into cyberspace, this book is also perfect for more experienced users who could use an update to today's most exciting internet applications.

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Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Nobody owns the Internet. Nobody runs it. And nobody's in charge of writing "the manual" for using it. Thankfully, O'Reilly's Missing Manual gang has taken up the gauntlet. The Internet: The Missing Manual brings together the best ways to get connected, find what you're looking for, uncover great stuff you never knew about, and keep in touch with everyone, everywhere, 24/7.

This book is written for the millions of Windows and Macintosh users who are intelligent, curious, but not obsessively tech-savvy. David Pogue and J. D. Biersdorfer make few assumptions about what you already know. But, having said that, they never patronize you.

What's here? Practical walkthroughs of establishing broadband and wireless connections. Quick introductions to top web portals like MSN and AOL. Tips for making your Google and Yahoo searches more effective. And pointers to the best of the Web in every area: news, shopping, reviews, travel, finance, gaming, music, audio, you name it. There's a full section, too, on the many ways you can communicate over the Net: not just email and IM but everything from MySpace to Skype.

In the early days, the Web was something you read, or looked at. Then, it was something you interacted with. Now, it's something you help create. So this book includes a great introduction to creating your own web content: blogs, simple (and not-so-simple) sites, and even podcasts.

Last but not least, there's a 20-page primer on Internet safety. You'll find all the commonsense precautions everyone should know (but not everyone follows). You'll also find some advice that's not so familiar (where to find the best free anti-spyware software or up-to-the minute information on protecting your kids online). Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596527426
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
909,724
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

Jude Biersdorfer has been writing the weekly Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998, and she occasionally writes feature stories and how-to articles for the same section. She has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, among other publications, and has contributed essays on the collision of pop culture and technology for the books The Education of the E-Designer (2001) and Sex Appeal (2000), both published by Allworth Press. She is the author of iPod Shuffle Fan Book and iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd edition.

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year").Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series, complete, funny computer books. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is david@pogueman.com.

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