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How the Internet Works (8th Edition) 8th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0789736260
ISBN-10: 0789736268
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Simple, clear explanations walk you through every technologyDetailed explanations walk you through the technology. The Internet has changed the world... and, with everything from blogs to podcasts, Internet phones to video, it's still changing the world. Now, it's easy to understand how it all works! This book's big, brilliant, full-color illustrations and clear explanations make it all incredibly simple! DISCOVER HOW THE INTERNET REALLY WORKS... IT'S AMAZINGLY EASY!This new edition has been completely updated for today's hottest Internet technologies, Web connections, hardware, communications and entertainment services, and much more! - See how the Internet can deliver any kind of information, anywhere: web pages, email, music, video, phone calls, and more! - Understand the most exciting new Internet technologies, from blogs and podcasting to wikis and BitTorrent- Discover how your connection to the Internet works... wireless, cable modem, DSL, even cellphones- Go behind the scenes with today's most sophisticated websites, applications, and services - Protect yourself from the latest Internet dangers, including phishing, web surveillance, and wireless hacking Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including How the Internet Works, Complete Idiot's Guide to Internet Privacy and Security, Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Your Child Online, and How Wireless Works. He has written frequently about security issues, computer technology, the Internet, and has been a columnist for many magazines, websites and newspapers.

About the Author

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of 20 books, including

How Wireless Works, How To Expand and Upgrade PCs, and The

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Protecting Yourself Online. He is an executive

editor and columnist for CNet and ZDNet; is a technology columnist

for the Dallas Morning News; and has written about technology

for many magazines and newspapers, including USA Today, PC

Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Magazine, PC/Computing,

Computerworld, and FamilyPC among many others. Gralla has won

several writing and editing awards, including one from the

Computer Press Association for the best feature article in a computer

magazine.

 

As a well-known expert on computers and the Internet, he has appeared

frequently on numerous TV and radio shows and networks,

including the CBS Early Show, CNN, National Public Radio’s All

Things Considered, MSNBC, CNBC, TechTV, and CNet Radio.

He was the founding managing editor of the well-known newspaper

PC Week and a founding editor of PC/Computing. Under his editorship,

PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence from the

National Magazine Awards.

Gralla lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife Lydia, children

Gabriel and Mia, and a rabbit named Polichinelle. He also

writes the free Gralla’s Internet Insider email newsletter. To subscribe

to it for free, send an email to preston@gralla.com with the

words SUBSCRIBE NETINSIDER on the subject line.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 8 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789736268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789736260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book presents this somewhat complicated subject in clear understandable language and diagrams. Both the novice and the experienced user/surfer will discover new facts or clear up a misconception about the technologies of the Internet. Many terms are defined and explained, including the interactions of computers and associated hardware devices, communications, software, and protocols.
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I purchased this book a year or two ago and have come back to it many times as a reference. This is a visually-based book, which uses many illustrations to explain the functioning of the internet to the reader. Yes, there are a lot of areas where it glosses over things and it is very repetitive, but there are many parts where the large, clearly illustrated examples are without question the best explanation of some very complex systems. The book does spend a lot of time on simpler, less awe-inspiring technology like email and explaining how HTML works, but this is well balanced out by the visually-based explanations of how routers and other more dynamic aspects of the internet work together.
The book also clearly spells out the differences between various access systems (DSL vs. Cable modems, vs. dial-in modems, vs. Satellite access) and also spends enough time outlining wireless internet access and other systems to allow the reader to see how the same 'system' used for the internet applies to these newer, more cutting edge applications. I think the book does a great job of showing and explaining all of the complexities behind the internet, without bogging the reader down with too much jargon and detail.
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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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Overall this is a great introductory book to the Internet, amazing in its thoroughness. The introductions to the chapters tend to get repetitious and wordy, but they are informative and enjoyable. The illustrations, however, are remarkably tough to follow, with numbers flying here and there and the same PC/server diagrams on every page. Also, I am amazed an Internet intro book does not have a glossary...
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As an Internet instructor, I have found the book a must for my students. The book has improved since the previous edition by adding new information about the novelties of Internet technology. Moreover, you will find the drawings the most facsinating feature of the book. Take my word as professional in the field, there are stacks of data for you there. useful
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I bought this book ages ago and never understood it. Now, after working on the net, it all makes sense.
In general, you will not understand the internet using this book, but it does makes a great prompt if you know it already. I keep it on my desk as work when I get a bit stuck visualising packet transfer etc.
If you want to learn about how the internet works, this book is not for you as it covers too much information at one go without linking it together.
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I had to buy this for a class. What a disappointment. It throws out all this jargon but all the explanations are way too superficial. I understand that this is just supposed to be an introduction - but all it did was get me more confused. I was better off when I didn't read the text and just asked people in the field how something works.
One good thing is that it is pretty up to date. It discusses the Melissa virus and other recent happenings.
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Excellent resource... though sometimes a bit on the simple side. Most of us know how to use email we just may not know how it works. But the illustrations are great. Redundant at times, but I guess hearing something twice reinforces it. Good job. I used this book as an introduction to my independent study class on Internet programming languages.
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