How the Internet Works (8th Edition)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Obviously if you are just learning about the Internet, your first choice is not going to be Tanenbaum's classic "Computer Networks". Likewise, if you are a network security professional, this book won't help you either. This book is basically a picture book with very easy to swallow pieces of accessible text between pictures. It is meant to acquaint the complete novice with the basics of the Internet. By basics I mean defining terms, what it means to connect to the Internet, and interacting with the Internet without getting your identity stolen. The illustrations are quite enlightening to beginners, but don't expect detailed instructions on how to accomplish tasks of any complexity. If you are looking for that kind of beginner's book I recommend "The Internet: The Missing Manual" by Biersdorfer, published by O'Reilly and Associates. If you have a friend or relative who is completely new to computers who just wants to know about the Internet, this will do. If they want to interact with the Internet in any meaningful way, get the Missing Manual book. I was generous and gave this book three stars because I'm not really sure it's fair to downgrade a book because I think it is too simple. That might have been its intent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
I'm an adult with lots of experiencing using computers, but with no coherent knowledge of WHY things work. I have enjoyed using this book to look up individual topics from time to time. If I were reading it cover-to-cover as a textbook, perhaps I would have a different reaction, but for my purposes this is exactly what I need. I'm impressed by the well-designed layout and illustrations. As an artist, I really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make this stuff accessible to visual learners. Thanks!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
I ordered this book for a class and I have really enjoyed each chapter this book had to offer. I have learned a lot about Internet Computing. This book gives a step-by-step, detailed explanation for how all parts of the internet works. It has shown me lots that I didn't know and it has elaborated on the things I already knew something about. Good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
I read other reviews and they indicated that this book would explain, in plain language and pictures, what all this through the air" electronics was all about.

I was very impressed that I could understand how it works at a level I wanted; not too simple and not too deep. I love this book.
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on June 9, 2015
I have used this book on multiple occasions as a textbook to teach colleagues about the internet. Yes it is simple in it's presentation - that is precisely the point. It is ideal for the person who has only been a consumer of web pages (which describes most people), and now needs to crawl under the hood as part of their job. They have to start somewhere that is simple, understandable, consumable and rememberable. This book does the trick.
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on January 28, 2015
If you don't know anything about how the Internet works, read this book and you'll be an expert. It has pictures!!! The book is full of illustrations that almost anyone can understand. I used it to train my grandson, and highly recommend it for middle-school level. Maybe even late grade school! I don't know, those kids WOW me.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
I've been involved in writing web pages, setting up web/mail/ftp servers for about a dozen years. I was working on a problem with a fellow and had to admit that there was a point I didn't understand. He reached up and pulled down this book and opened it to the section on security - Part 9 : Protecting Yourself on the Internet. Here in a very few pages the Governments Carnivore (FBI) and Echelon (NSA) programs were discussed. There wasn't much on the details, but it explains what the Government is doing to monitor and track e-mails. Carnivore has, of course, been shut down.

Each item being discussed only gets a page or two, and those pages are mostly illustration. But this makes it easy to understand. If you want to know more then you can go to more advanced books, or of course search the web. [Wikipedia has an entry -- Carnivore (FBI)]

On the whole a surprising amount of information. It's aimed mostly at beginners, but there are some things here that I believe most professionals would find interesting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Many of us, like many of you, grew up before the "COMPUTER AGE", right? This educator and author HAD to find a "lesson plan" on understanding my mysterious computer world. note that this one now in my trusty hands is the 8th edition, 'K" This "lesson plan" has kept up with all of the latest info needed!! And I'm sure that a 9th and 10th edition will be composed, right?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It just isn't what I had hoped and needed -- which was a very BASIC understanding of technology It is a beautifully put together book -- beautifully illustrated, but it is at a MUCH MUCH higher level than I assumed in reading about it. This is for already really "tech" people.!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2008
This is the best book to learn about the meanings of the internet and its history. It was very easy to understand. If you are taking any computor courses this is a must. No matter what level of learning you are at this will teach you what you need to know.
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