The Internet: The Missing Manual


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?

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Getting Online. Readers will have all the information they need to decide what kind of broadband connection works best for them, which ...
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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 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.

A "New York Times" tech columnist delivers humorous, straightforward, and useful advice on how to get online, stay safe, find information, download movies, listen to music and watch TV, and how to use the Internet to stay connected with others.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527426
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,475,805
  • 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, and his email address is

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Table of Contents

  • The Missing Credits
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Getting Online
    • Chapter 1: Getting Online
    • Chapter 2: Surfing the Web

  • Part II: Finding Information
    • Chapter 3: How to Search the Web
    • Chapter 4: Searching by Information Type
    • Chapter 5: News and Blogs
    • Chapter 6: Reviews and Ratings

  • Part III: Shopping, Travel, and Finance
    • Chapter 7: Shopping
    • Chapter 8: Planning Trips
    • Chapter 9: Finance

  • Part IV: Entertainment and Media
    • Chapter 10: Games and Gambling
    • Chapter 11: Music and Audio
    • Chapter 12: Videos, Movies, and TV
    • Chapter 13: Photos

  • Part V: Communicating with Others
    • Chapter 14: Email
    • Chapter 15: Instant Messages and Chat
    • Chapter 16: Discussion Groups
    • Chapter 17: Social Networking
    • Chapter 18: Skype & VoIP: Internet Phones

  • Part VI: Internet Power and Protection
    • Chapter 19: Your Own Blogs, Web Sites, and Podcasts
    • Chapter 20: Living on the Web
    • Chapter 21: Staying Safe

  • Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Excellent 'All-Purpose' Internet Book

    The Internet has turned into a huge part of our lives, an all-encompassing technology that everyone talks about, but one that most people don't totally understand. And while this book may not turn you into an immediate 'expert about all things Internet,' it definitely will help you become familiar with it. From the book's opening chapter on getting online, surfing the web, finding information online (from news and blogs, online reviews of various items, buying items, trip planning, etc), or finding your favorite games, music and videos, talking with others online, through how to deal with spam, viruses and the like, it covers a wide variety of topics. While this book is not some 'scholarly reference,' (and I'm not sure one is really needed to learn about the 'Net), it does provide a general guide to what the reader needs to know while 'surfing' the 'Net. The book is geared toward the novice or intermediate Internet user. But even those who have been online for years and years (like myself) will learn about new topics, or perhaps gain greater understanding of them. For example, I knew nothing about RSS feeds or much about how online storage and backup sites worked before I read this book. I have all three editions of the old 'The Whole Internet' book that talked about the 'Internet of the 90s,' and I feel this book is an excellent update to that classic.

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