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.
Chapter 1 Getting Online
Broadband Connections (Fast)
Dial-Up Connections (Slow)
Wireless Connections (Awesome)
Advanced Connection Tricks (Windows)
Advanced Connection Tricks (Mac OS X)
Chapter 2 Surfing the Web
Your First Web Page
Portals: Dashboards of the Web
Chapter 3 How to Search the Web
Directories at Your Service
Chapter 4 Searching by Information Type
White Pages, Yellow Pages
Health and Medicine
Getting the Facts
Chapter 5 News and Blogs
Sports, Weather, and Entertainment
Feeds: Having the News Come to You
Chapter 6 Reviews and Ratings
Shopping, Travel, and Finance
Chapter 7 Shopping
How to Shop Online
The Top Shopping Sites
Finding Good Deals
Shopping for Big-Ticket Items
Chapter 8 Planning Trips
Booking Tickets and Reservations
Chapter 9 Finance
Finding Loans Online
Trading Online and Tracking Investments
Doing Your Taxes Online
Entertainment and Media
Chapter 10 Games and Gambling
Games for the Whole Family
Shoot 'Em Up Games
Massive Multiplayer Games
Chapter 11 Music and Audio
Digital Audio and the Internet
Listening to Digital Audio
Online Music Stores
Streaming Music Sites
Chapter 12 Videos, Movies, and TV
Videos and Movies Online
DVDs by Mail
Chapter 13 Photos
Sharing Photos Online
Sending Photos to a Printing Service
Sending Photos via Email
Communicating with Others
Chapter 14 Email
Email Program vs. Web-Based Email
Setting Up Your Email Program
Writing and Sending Messages
Reading and Organizing Email
Fighting Email Pests
Chapter 15 Instant Messages and Chat
Instant Messaging: An Introduction
IM Services: The Catalog
Chapter 16 Discussion Groups
Finding and Searching Groups
Creating New Groups
Chapter 17 Social Networking
Socializing and Dating Services
Chapter 18 Skype & VoIP: Internet Phones
Skype: Computer-to-Phone Plans
Internet Power and Protection
Chapter 19 Your Own Blogs, Web Sites, and Podcasts
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 email@example.com.
The idea of what the internet is capable of bringing to you!
By Tanya Boudreau
Comments about oreilly The Internet: The Missing Manual:
You can turn to your computer and the internet for everything. Reach for your mouse and keyboard to find up-to-the-minute news. Download or buy what you want in music, movies, or television. Try your hand at writing; create your own blog (an online diary), add photographs, and post your blog online for family and friends to read. Save time and money and do your banking, shopping, and travel planning online. Meet new people worldwide, through gaming websites or on dating sites. Stay in touch regularly through email, chatting, and internet phone calls.
This book will give you an idea of what the internet is capable of bringing to you, and what is on the internet today. The book guides you through, starting with the various ways to get online. For example, a broadband connection is the faster, but more expensive way to get online. Dial-up is the slower, but least expensive way to go. Pros and cons are listed whenever choices and options are presented. Windows and Macintosh computer systems are referred to throughout the book too. There are numerous tips, notes, diagrams and pictures inside the book. The pictures provide readers with visual examples of previous discussions. The tips and notes are helpful in making the internet experience easier to understand and maneuver. For example, one tip refers to free antivirus programs for Windows, and another tip involves erasing cookies from your computer. Some tips list fun and interesting websites. A great movie trailers page is listed in one tip. As stated in the introduction of the book, "the primary discussions are written for advanced-beginner or intermediate computer users". In addition, the authors have provided grey boxes labeled "/Up To/ /Speed/", which are helpful for the new learner, and boxes labeled "/Power Users' Clinic/", which will be of interest to the advanced users. The boxes "/Word To The Wise/", "/Gem In The Rough/", "/Workaround Workshop/" supply insightful information for everyone as well. The information in this book will help you learn to surf the web effectively, how to set up your browser, how to search engines and directories, and how to find many great websites. (The medical websites, and fact/reference websites presented are fantastic.) If the sites are not free, or a subscription is required, this is noted as well.
This is a handy book to have by your computer. And a good book to have if you need clarification about the internet. Explanations are straightforward, and easy to follow and understand, especially when diagrams and pictures are shown. The authors have taken the confusion and fear out of the internet. The knowledge contained in this book will give you confidence to use the internet to its fullest potential- and in a safe and smart way! Some other Missing Manual titles include: Flash 8: The Missing Manual, Google: The Missing Manual (2nd edition), Creating Websites: The Missing Manual, and eBay: The Missing Manual. The author J.D. Biersdorfer, who writes a weekly column in the Circuits section of the New York Times, is the author of iPods & iTunes: The Missing Manual. David Pogue, who writes a technology column for the New York Times, is the creator of the Missing Manual series.
Comments about oreilly The Internet: The Missing Manual:
Back in the 90s, the Whole Internet was the book to read to learn about the Internet. Sadly, that book has gone out of print. But this book (the latest in the Missing Manual series) essentially picks up where that book left off. And while this may indeed be a book more suited to beginning (yes Virginia, there still are folk who aren't on the Internet) and intermediate users, there's still enough information here that even long time Internet users like myself can learn something new. In my case, it was learning about podcasts, RSS feeds, more about VOIP, and online backup and storage sites. The Internet has gotten so big and spawned so many different technologies over the past fifteen years alone, that it can be a big challenge to keep up with the constant changes. All of them are documented in this book. It gives a general look at all things not just with the topics I mention here, but also topics like searching and surfing the web, blogs, web sites that list peer reviews (sorta like this review!), shopping online, games, music, videos, communicating with others online (whether it's chat rooms, mailing lists, or "community sites"), even ways of staying safe and secure online.
There are countless books available about the Internet and its many forms, but this is a great book to have if you need a well-written all purpose book about the 'Net.