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    John C. Dvorak,Chris Pirillo,Wendy Taylor
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His books include Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications and Dvorak's Guide to Connectivity. He's been profiled by The New York Times and Fortune.

John C. Dvorak and Chris Pirillo have created the ultimate Internet manual. John C. Dvorak writes the Inside Track column for PC Magazine and has been writing opinion columns about computers since the 1970s.

Pirillo runs several online communities

Pirillo runs several online communities. His LockerGnome blogging network has over 100,000 members. Pirillo's advocacy of new technology went as far as the creation, along with Jake Ludington, of a BitTorrent server at vistatorrent. com "to help Microsoft get Windows Vista Beta 2 in users' hands" in 2006. According to Information Week, Microsoft had "reported problems in delivering Beta 2 electronically.

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Online! : the book, John C. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-13-142363-0 (paper) 1. Information networks. 2. World Wide Web. 3. Data transmission systems. 5D895 2004 00. 7'8–dc22 2003065600.

by Wendy Taylor and John C. Dvorak. Dvorak & C. s book should be shipped with each new computer sold because it really IS the manual for the Internet

by Wendy Taylor and John C. The authors, Dvorak and co-author Chris Pirillo (who has the infamous Lockergnome computer guru site) have really done an admirable job covering the subject. This book isn't just about surfing the net. It starts with your computer, the basic components of hardware and software, to networks, the history of online systems from BBS's to university intranets to todays' internet. s book should be shipped with each new computer sold because it really IS the manual for the Internet. Meanwhile, get it now.

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Find nearly any book by Chris Pirillo. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. by John C. ISBN 9780131423633 (978-0-13-142363-3) Softcover, Prentice Hall, 2003.

By John C. For hundreds of thousands of computer users, Chris Pirillo is the face of the Internet. Combining a sharp wit and the technical knowledge that comes with living computers and the Internet 24/7, Chris simplifies complex technical issues, helps computer users make informed decisions in the crowded software marketplace, and manages to entertain while still delivering the facts. By embracing technology as a way of life, this techno-geek has become the net's most trusted voice. -Ken White, CEO, NextUp. Chris Pirillo is at the center of the digital universe.

A guide to getting the most out of the Internet describes the basics of hardware, Internet service providers, e-commerce, online gaming, email, security, blogging, streaming media, webcams, and other Internet topics.

The Internet doesn't come with a manual, but if it did, this is it. This sounds like an exaggeration, but it is not because the book literally covers almost everything for people at all levels computer literacy.
That sounds like a tall order, doesn't it? I agree, yet Dvorak, Pirillo, and Taylor have pulled it off. The book has almost 700 pages of rock solid content in 28 chapters covering hardware, music, meeting people, gaming, networking, email, and more.
Though I read as much as I can about technology since getting my first computer in 1980, the book has material that cover areas I know less about such as enterprise instant messaging and peer-to-peer communication.
The topics are tackled at the 30-foot level and the 30,000-foot level. For example, we know emails are those messages that fill up our mailboxes with some in the ugly disguise of spam. The email chapter has contents on its history, protocols, clients, spam (of course), header analysis, filtering, and etiquette.
Protocols, header analysis, and filtering are uncomfortable terms for some people. Techie words and concepts are clearly explained without leaving the reader scratching his head and re-reading the paragraph until his eyes cross. Most of the technical terms and tips are in a gray box, so if you don't want to deal with it you skip over the visual cue. Tips are also in little boxes with a photo of Pirillo running into a window (again) or Dvorak in his Hulk Hogan wanna-be garb.
Business folk benefit from chapters on commuting, Internet marketing, content management, business Web sites, Internet law, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). The Ten-Step Commute chapter takes a trip into the world of teleworking with advice on how to sell it to the boss, setting up remote access, and security.
This is not the heavy, boring textbook students lug around campus. The authors throw in their senses of humor throughout the manual. You could find the stuff in the book (where else?) online, but it takes many searches and hours to find the gold nuggets. Take a break and let the book do its job.
Believe it or not, I didn't notice the sub-title of the book when I wrote the first paragraph. When I got the book, I went right inside the cover. Online! The Book lives up to its sub-title, "Because the Internet does not come with a manual."
P.S. I take book reviews seriously. Some of you may know I write for Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome.com. If I didn't like the book, you wouldn't be reading this. No, he didn't pay me to say this. In fact, he doesn't know I've read the book and wrote a review.
This is a new book at the bookstore...and I stood in there for almost twenty minutes looking at it, trying to decide if I could afford to buy ANOTHER computer book. There is just too much in the book! Every time I flipped to another page there was something that caught my eye. This isn't like all the ohter books on the shelves...that you almost fall asleep as you turn the pages and it beats the suhbject to death. This is one that I want to read. I decided to buy it, and spent most of the night reading it. It's great.
This book covers everything you need to know about the internet and how to navigate it. For those that were curious how to make the most out of their experience with the world of being online, I would definitely suggest this book... whether someone new, or a seasoned veteran. It covers numerous topics on email, spam, webpages, viruses, streaming media... the list goes on and on. Definitely a 'must have' book. :)
This is an excellent book for most anyone who uses the web. I found LOTS of stuff in it that was valuable, and it's easy to read.
Good Xmas gift.
Just came back from Staceys bookstore (SF). Saw this book & Checked it out. My comments're: this book's f/ the newbies who need the guidance of the gurus. It has everything one needs to understand the complexity of the Web. 600+ pages of ["pure quality"] & way better than any web book from the [Dummies] series.
Nice job John, (& Mimi who performed most of the editing), Chris and Wendy.
I finished this book in one day, it has some great material in it. This would make a perfect birthday/Christmas gift for experts and beginners alike. John C. Dvorak and Chris Pirillo are two tech guys who definately can be trusted to put it to you straight. I look forward to their future works.
Titling a volume `Online! The Book' and putting "The perfect gift for any computer user!" amongst other hyperbole on the back cover must rank as this years greatest act of hubris.
If only John C. Dvorak and Chris Pirillo (with Wendy Taylor) had been able to deliver. If only they had not strewn the book with error, verbiage and irrelevancy. Ah, well.
This volume in its 700 pages (divided into 28 chapters) tries to cover everything from hardware basics to voice over IP, in between touching on e-commerce, security, web programming, networking, content management and business websites, to name just six of the topics perhaps each better suited to a volume of their own.
This book skims, and skims fast, over a number of important and vital topics while dwelling on others that many will find useless. Chris Pirillo seems to be an expert on marketing, so that gets thirty pages, while web programming languages get ten. We get forty pages of `Hardware Basics,' which cover information vital to getting online such as operating systems, varieties of Intel chips, video cards and gaming audio drivers. I know that if I wanted to find the perfect spot to put sidebars about Babbage and von Neumann (essential to any book about getting online) I'd put them in the chapter on viruses. It seems as if the three authors said "we're contracted to seven hundred pages so let's just throw in topics we know a lot about until we get to seven hundred pages -- then stop."
Then there are the errors. We get editing errors like the text that tells us a `geostationary satellite' orbits at `about 22,300 miles,' next to a diagram showing the number 20,300 miles. We get errors in logic like the sidebar that has "DNS servers may run Apache, which is an open source Web server program" and goes on to imply that all DNS servers will run a web server. We get errors in grammar. We get paragraphs like "Although there are dynamic Web page URLs (meaning they change, or at least part of it does), most are static (stay the same). These can be dynamic by use of a programming error or dynamic because someone named the URL extension without adding a link elsewhere on the web site." With sentence construction like that I'm still not sure if the claim intended is true or not.
Did I like anything about this book? Sure, the chapter on `How A Modem (Really) Works' was full of good solid information. Other chapters were similar, particularly the two following on networking and handhelds, phones and PDAs. Others did contain some good information, just surrounded by dross.
You can go to the book's website, which is basically just a single page with yet more hyperbole ("Everything is here. Well-written. Comprehensive.") or visit the Prentice Hall page, which actually gives you a table of contents and a sample chapter. Just don't go straight to the Prentice Hall PTR home page and search for books with "Online" in the title, as that won't find it. Instead search for books with "Book" in the title.
I'd only recommend this book to those who want to spend a lot of time finding the good bits, a few minutes chuckling over some of the errors, and thirty dollars on a paperweight. If you're really looking for a `perfect gift' for people new new to the net, then find something cheaper covering just the essentials, and for those more expert, find a volume that actually covers a topic of interest well.