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Dave Barry in Cyberspace [Kindle Edition]

Dave Barry
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Book Description


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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Trust Dave Barry, middle-class America's chronicler of the absurdities and inanities of daily life, to provide the authoritative funnyman's guide to life with computers. Barry is sometimes insightful, as when he notes the ridiculous number of keystrokes needed to actually write something, often hilarious, as in his sendup of technological support hotlines, and occasionally genuinely indignant. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who, like many of us, can't live with computers and can't live without them.

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449912302
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043M4Z98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Dave's funniest -- but still great. December 21, 2000
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Let me start by saying that I love Dave Barry's work -- I've been reading everything he's written since the early-'80's, always with great anticipation. With that said, I regret to report that this book is merely OKAY. Of course it was funny (how could Dave Barry not be?!), but I only found maybe two or three rolling-on-the-ground-laughing parts. So, if you're a fan of his, or if you have an interest in computers, you should definitely read it. Just don't expect as much side-splitting as other reviewers have claimed. For laugh-out-loud-til-you-wet-yourself Dave Barry humor, I recommend any collection of his weekly columns, and also *Dave Barry Slept Here*.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the sub-nerds February 9, 2000
What other author could sum up Jerry Pournelle in one sentence, make jokes about the Radio Shack TRS-80, tell an enticing tale about a cyber romance, and still manage to work the word "booger" in at least once per chapter? Updike couldn't do it. Mailer certainly couldn't do it. Only Dave Barry can do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROTFL :---) August 14, 2001
This book is rip-roaring, side-splitting, and downright howlarious! Oh my god. I read it cover to cover as though I were taking the bar exam except that every other minute I was literally rolling on the carpet howling as though someone was performing the "Tunisian Tickle Torture" on me. And I'm not even exaggerating.
The first few chapters are incredibly funny, and as you get accustomed to his kind of humor you start to want more and more of it and you eventually start laughing in preparation for his jokes!
Coming to the actual content of this book - it is an extremely comically cynical look at computers and how they affect everyone everyday. The guffaws begin with his description of evidence of computer usage in the stone ages, continue through to his tips on selecting a computer to buy, persist with his description of software and its purpose and culminate with a tongue-in-cheek description of the "information superhighway", internet and chat rooms. My personal favorite is his definition of "electricity" - it should appear in all physics text books.
Somewhere towards the end, there is also a somewhat touching story about a couple that meet in a chat room. I wonder if it landed up in this book as a mistaken cut-and-paste operation. Nice to read all the same.
All in all, if you are ever bored, forget TV and everything else - pick up this book and do yourself a favor. You never thought you could laugh so much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Occasional Humor May 9, 2004
This is not one of Dave Barry's better books. It has the usual pages and paragraphs that send you into hysterics, but the world of technology laughed at in the book is so antiquated that many of the jokes feel old. Pair that with his unsuccessful attempt to make the same jokes funny throughout the book (which he accomplishes in some others), and you have a lesser Barry book. Give one of his other's a shot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, but not exaustive May 9, 2002
The humour of Dave Barry shows us why we hate those contraptions we call computers, and does it in a very funny way. The book's a bit outdated,though: it doesn'talk of one of the most frequented web pages, namely "404 page not found", and of the mysterious nemesis of programs "the program X has effectuated an unvalid operation and will be terminated". Inexorable.Well,you can't really blame old Barry for not mentioning snags that showed after 1996. I loved his book,and expecially his collection of weird sites (now,I fear,gone to "404",but replaced by equally weird sites).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dave Barry is definately one of the funniest writers of all time, and he continues to shine in this book. Every single page is loaded with intelligent humor, so much so, that you will need a box of tissues. The book, written like a computer manual, is very easy to read and flows quite nicely. His ride through the information superhighway is pure genius and non-stop hilarious laughter. This book is a must read for any computer-user, or for anyone who enjoys playing with his joystick. Do not "Abort, Retry, or Fail" in picking up this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! Dave Barry advances to new tecnology! February 26, 2000
By Adam
Any situation he comes across, Dave Barry can make it funny. And its all true. I think the funniest bits are about the Windows operation system version 1.0 (C:), and the question and answer bit about the internet. I dont know how you do it, Dave, but dont stop! Any true Dave Barry fan, get this book or I'll kill this dog! PS His best book, which I would give 6 stars if possible, is "Dave Barry Slept Here", the history book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I've ever read. February 20, 2000
This book is easily the funniest piece of literature ever written. Everything he says is true and we've all had many of the same observations as he writes about, but nobody could make it as funny as Dave Barry did in this book. On a couple occasions, I almost got heartburn and suffocated from laughing so hard. This is a must-read for every literate person in the digitalized world. Five stars was not nearly enough!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as always.
Only Barry can cover all the silliness of computer management and mismanagement. From mid-nineties but still same issues as today. Read more
Published 28 days ago by BillMartin
1.0 out of 5 stars This might have been funny in 1996 when it was written
Now it's just sad old jokes. What happened? I used to read Dave Barry and enjoy his stuff. This one didn't age well at all.
Published 12 months ago by CarolECI
3.0 out of 5 stars First part very good - then vulgarity and filler
While the technology has changed in 17 years, the issues have not.
Barry predicts many things that came to pass, including Google Glass and the alarm clock that runs away from... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic, funny take on the early days of the web
Always funny. Always spot on. Dave Barry camps out in cyberspace and spins a bunch of funny stories around the blue fire.
Published 14 months ago by C. Kelleher
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange combination
Starts out like most of Dave's books, anecdotes about the problems of buying and using computers. This goes on, pretty funny, for about 2/3 of the book, then he shifts gears and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jim R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Barry in cyberspace
I read this many years ago when a relative gave it to me after surgery. I laugh so hard I thought is in full the stitches

Even now with new operating systems and a much... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald J. Weinshank
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, with a strange short story at the end.
The first 3/4 of this book are reliable, hilarious Dave Barry. You really don't need to know much more than that to know that you are in for a hilarious read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kathryn Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Barry's Funniest Book
The funniest book I've ever read. It is his innocent approach and strategically injected misinformation that is absurdly funny and succeeds at taking nothing at all seriously. Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by J. Reinhart
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, hilarious read!
Okay, so this is not your normal computer book. In fact, take everything you know about computer books and throw it out the window because Dave Barry certainly did. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by Teresa A. Langley
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Barry
I originally owned this book more than a decade ago, and recently felt moved to repurchase it, recalling it being hysterical. Some of it has not aged well (e.g. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by Ian Laurence Hudson
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More About the Author

The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." But of course that could have been on a slow news day when there wasn't much else fit to print. True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He is not, as he often puts it so poetically, making this up.


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