The Internet: The Missing Manual

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596527426
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Missing Manual Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 462
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.14(d)

About 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

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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