The Rough Guide to the Internet 2000, 5th Edition (Internet (Rough Guides), 2000)

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9781858284422: The Rough Guide to the Internet 2000, 5th Edition (Internet (Rough Guides), 2000)

Want to get up to speed online without any hassle? This bestselling guide will make you an Internet guru in the shortest possible time. In plain English, with no hint of techie jargon, it explains: sending email, browsing sports, news and travel info, shopping for the best Internet deals, downloading free software and creating your own web pages. "The Rough Guide" starts at the beginning with a description of what the Internet is and how it developed, takes you through all the steps to get online, and helps you make use of what's there. Includes more than 1100 critical reviews of web sites, and detailed instructions for road warriors connecting anywhere in the world-all in a pocket-size package.

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The Rough Guide series, famous for its listings of skanky Italian hostels and super-cheap Istanbul eateries, now covers the wildest territory of all. The Internet: The Rough Guide 2000 is a tourist's guide to the online world, complete with information on what equipment you need, what it'll cost, and what to see once you're connected. This latest edition reflects recent changes in site locations and contents.

Hardly bigger than a coaster, this book packs a remarkable amount of information into its minimal bulk. Though its small format makes it somewhat difficult to use (it won't lie open), author Angus Kennedy competently explains everything from basic connection procedures to multimedia and page publishing in a fraction of the space other books require (and at far less cost too). Fans of other Rough Guide books will be pleased by coverage of the Internet as it applies to travelers (Web-based mail sites, cybercafés, and the like).

The how-to information represents only half of what this guide contains. The rest is a random walk, largely on the Web's weird side. You'll find references to sites claiming to be the grossest (in an 8-year-old's sense of the word) on the Web, a site where you can get a downward-ticking death clock, Mr. Cranky's movie reviews, and "99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle." Sure, there's some serious reference stuff, but it misses the point. Overall, the book is almost as much fun as opening 99 beer bottles in a skanky Italian hostel. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Internet from every angle. What it is, what it's good for, why and how you should connect. Having connected you, the author skips off on a eclectic tour of things to see and do online.

About the Author:

A perpetual traveller, Angus Kennedy divides his time between summers in Europe, summers somewhere in the tropics and summers in his beach shack on the Queensland coast. Unreliable, irresponsible and unemployable, he resorted to writing, helping found Internet Magazine in 1995. The Rough Guide to the Internet was his first book.

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