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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (September 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517595753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517595756
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com 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.

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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Classic Dave Barry!
Andrew
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.
A reader
The book, written like a computer manual, is very easy to read and flows quite nicely.
Chad Spivak

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon D. Satko on December 21, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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 By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By "beemboy" on August 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By Joshua M. Clark on May 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on July 3, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
This unabridged reading is carried off very well by Shadoe Stevens. He has a voice that is pleasant to listen to for 6 hours, and an understanding of Dave Barry's sense of humor.
And Dave Barry has an understanding of the deep and underlying sense of how ridiculous computers and the internet really are.

If you are wondering how a web site address or fonts could be read aloud this recording will answer these burning questions. The only downside is that there is no insert or cheat sheet listing the web site. I guess that's what the book is for.

More gentle readers should be warned that there is an occasional reference to sex and sexual organs, but this is done as tastefully as one would expect from Mr. Barry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Barry's book is, undoubtedly, the funniest book I have ever read. It made me laugh at the ludicrousy of computers, the Internet, and life. I laughed through the entire book and nearly passed out at times from lack of oxygen.
The ONLY reason why I would not give this book the 10 it really deserves is because I thought the "adult stuff" was really too much. I would not let anyone read this who was under twelve or thirteen years of age. I think that at least SOME of it could have been taken out and the book would have been just as enjoyable.
This is one of those rare books that while reading it, the person sitting next to me had to turn to me and say, in this really concerned voice, "Are you okay?"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to share with may parents who are just beginning to enjoy sailing through cyberspace. I was constantly <LOL> and embarrassed when someone walked into my room and wondered what was wrong. I particularly related to Dave's frequent instructions: "Ask a 14 year to do it," as our 14 year old is our own Cyberspace techie. My only objection (and the reason for not giving this to my parents) is the semi-hard core sexual references in the book. Hysterical, but not for MOM and DAD from ME... One questions: Are those addresses real? I'd try them out, but I have loaned the book to a coworker and can't get it back!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on May 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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