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Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet---Better, Faster, Easier Paperback – June 12, 2007
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“Frauenfelder knows the answer to every question you have ever asked. Luckily he has written it all down here for you, on non-electric pages which even you can understand.” ―John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
“Frauenfelder doesn't just live on the cutting edge…he is the cutting edge.” ―Seth Godin, author of Small is the New Big
“When it comes to capturing the zeitgeist of the Web, nobody does it better than Mark Frauenfelder.” ―John Battelle, author of The Search
“Rule the Web is like The Joy of Cooking, only it's about the Web instead of meatloaf.” ―Xeni Jardin, NPR News technology contributor
About the Author
Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor of the world's most popular blog, BoingBoing.net, as well as the editor-in-chief of the hit technology magazine Make. Formerly an editor at Wired and a technology columnist for Playboy, he is frequently interviewed for television, radio, and print, including MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Business Week.
Top Customer Reviews
How are we supposed to know everything we can get out of the internet? We didn't learn it in school and one would feel dorky for buying Internet For Dummies.
The cool thing about this book is it answers every question you ever had about using the internet, and the cooler thing is it answers questions you wished you ask. The tone is breezy - never boring or didactic. There's a lot in here for web neophytes and a lot for people that consider themselves web experts. You can tell the author's labour of love is getting the most out of the internet, and he's filtered that love into a mind opening reference book.
It'll be next to my computer for a long time.
I debated giving it four stars; it feels like a "three and a half" to me. Maybe I'd rate it higher if more of the material were new to me.
Still, recommended if you can buy it at or near the $10 amazon rate.
The first page of chapter one contains a key bit of information for all entrepreneurs in today's internet age and sets the tone for the entire book: "You no longer need money to have your voice heard by a large audience; you just need to be interesting." Get out your highlighters, folks!
Frauenfelder goes on to take readers through the entire website set-up process, quickly and easily, explaining the unexplainable in a way that makes an experienced web-user like myself drop their jaw in amazement. He does show a fondness for all things "Google", which I initially found surprising because it seemed so EASY, but, hey, this guy obviously knows what he's talking about. Google for everything is part of the beautiful simplicity of his thesis. From "What's a Domain Name?" to "How Can I Encrypt My Email?" to "How Can I Prevent My PC from Becoming a "Spam Zombie"?" - it's all in here. All of the stuff that many of us take for granted and some of us never thought to ask.
Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet---Better, Faster, Easier
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have reference book for anyone that uses the web. Borrowed it at first from the library, but after reading half of it, decided that I had to have my own copy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ebastro
This book is good if you don't really know anything about doing things on the internet. If you have any knowledge about using the internet you might find this book to basic. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Michelle Dunn
The less you know the more useful this will be. It's already sliding out of date. If you need an explanation of Wikipedia then get this book.Published on June 15, 2009 by Adam T. Weber
Having used a computer for a few years now I have come across a number of self-help/self-taught instructions.This book , however, takes you through things step by step. Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Quite the title but I only found certain aspects that pertained directly to my situation. It is still a very good book to have around but I have not gone back to it for more than a... Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Eddie Wannabee
This is highly recommended. It might save you much money and time. It shows the ins and outs of Internet. For the price, you cannot go wrong acquiring this book.Published on February 14, 2009 by Michael Beloved
After reading some of the previous reviews, I was a little hesitant about buying this book, but how glad I am I did. This book is packed with all kinds of useful information. Read morePublished on October 10, 2008 by Lightshiner
Excellent book. Really excellent. Doesn't make you feel like an idiot for not knowing much about Gmail
VERY highly recommended