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1. The Shallows: What the Internet
2. Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making
3. The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia
4. The Internet For Dummies
5. How the Internet Works (8th Edition)
6. The Future of the Internet--And
7. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable
8. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The
9. The Extreme Searcher's Internet
10. Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions
11. How I Made My First Million on
12. Scalable Internet Architectures
13. A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet:
14. Internet & World Wide Web:
15. Internet Password Organizer
16. Dictionary of Computer and Internet
17. Conducting Research Literature
18. Internet Architecture and Innovation
19. Moonlighting on the Internet:
20. Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode

1. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
Hardcover: 276 Pages (2010-06-07)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$16.90
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Asin: 0393072223
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind.“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.

Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection.

Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Opinion Presented as Fact, Never Actually Does What it Says
I love to read. Apart from blogging here about books, I also blog a few other places about what I read. The problem is of course, having money to read. Books are not cheap and I am not saying that they should be, I'm just pointing out that occasionally, a book reader has to make choices.There are books I only buy when they are on sale, at a used book store or other such reduced price venue. Occasionally, I want to read a book that I simply cannot justify buying. More accurately, I want to use my book money on other books and I'm not sure if I want to dip into my emergency book fund money to purchase this book. So, I go to Barnes & Nobles and I read the book there. I start out just skimming chapters. Kind of reading it piece meal. Then I read some online reviews of the book. If by this point, I'm still not sure I want to buy the book but I am sure I want to continue reading it, I will continue my Barnes & Noble approach over a period of time.

This is what I did with the book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. I had two separate people recommend it in real life (one liked it, one hated it) and I have read reviews of it on a few other book review blogs.
The short of it is that I am not a fan of Mr. Carr's book. As a therapist, I believe that the foundation of his argument is built on either debatable science or science that contradicts his point.

He talks about "the Flynn effect," which is the name given or the fact that our raw IQ scores have constantly been going up.Later, the same scientist who made this discovery realized that simply because those scores are going up doesn't mean that we are actually smarter or that our brains are better, they are simply different.He then goes on tolay out his case that short snippets of internet surfing make our brain "dumber" not just different. Well, why is one only different, not better or worse, while the other is not just different but worse?It makes no sense. It is an incongruent argument at best.

Much of the research that he quotes is not peer-reviewed as he would like to make the reader think it is. Yes, I looked up more than one article. Even the ones that are peer-reviewed don't seem to support his hypotheses all that much. The book is full of anecdotal evidence, not research. That's OK, if this book is going to be pitched as his idea and not some sort of science book. His arguments ring hallow and tired when you realize that they are the same sort of arguments used against TV, radio, and even music itself throughout various stages of history.

The last thing that he did that drove me nuts was his use of subjective statements given as though they were objective. For instance, his chapter on Google is supposed to be the money chapter of the whole book (proponents all seemed to mention this chapter as being worth the price of admission on its own) but I found so many distraction subjective statements that it made reading intolerable.For instance he says,

"By freeing us from the struggle of decoding text, that form that writing came to take on a page of paper, parchment or paper enabled us to become deep readers, to turn our attention, and our brain power, to the interpretation of meaning. With writing on the screen, we're still able to decode text quickly--we read, if anything better than ever--but we're no longer guided toward a deep,personally constructed understanding of the text's connotations. Instead we're hurried off toward another bit of related information, and the another, and another. The strip-mining of`relevant content' replaces the slow excavation of meaning." (I don't have the page number because I took a picture of the text on my blackberry)

Do you see what's missing in this highly subjective statement? It's missing any grounding at all in a cited source or research.This entire book is based upon an article that the author wrote because he came to the conclusion that he could no longer read deeply because he had trained his mind to read news snippets and blasts, chasing each new link. He came to this conclusion on his own. I wonder, did Mr. Carr stop reading books during this time because he decided to allocate his time differently? Did he age? Could that have had an impact on his ability to "read deeply?" Did he go through a medical issue? Did he have a troubling life event occur?

In fact, the entire premise of the book is based on a rather subjective term; namely the term, "deeply." What does that mean? When did Mr. Carr's ability to read "deeply" beginto slide?There are numerous other potential answers to the cause of this loss that may have nothing to do with the internet at all. Perhaps, it was something as simple as he just needed to start reading "deeply" again.

This book will not make it to my shelf as it seems to be a rather agenda driven book that lacks real substance beyond the author's unqualified opinion. In the end, Mr. Carr didn't really convince me at all that he knows what the internet is doing to our brain or if I should be concerned about it all.

I'd give it 2 out of 5 stars.

2-0 out of 5 stars Started out as an essay and never gets deeper
Nicholas Carr's _The Shallows_ began life as an essay on whether Google use (and computer-related work in general) is making us stupid. An interesting premise for sure, and one that needs an in-depth treatment.

Much like the title, though, Carr's work never makes the transition from essay to full-fledged book. It avoids the deep end, reading like a meditation on consciousness when it should be a hard-hitting science book that repeatedly backs up its premise that Internet use is diminishing us. _The Shallows_ better resembles the brain physiology equivalent of _Pilgrim at Tinker Creek_ than a hard-hitting exposé and warning.

Problems with Carr's direction manifest early on, as the buildup to the core premise takes forever to unfold. While Carr will argue that today's readers can no longer follow an extended argument because they spend too much time scanning text for keywords, his own book only adds grist for that mill. It is one thing to lay out a nuanced argument, but eventually one must present that argument. That we get too much of a history of learning at the beginning of _The Shallows_ only forces the reader to acknowledge that perhaps not much real argument follows, as the remaining bundle of pages look slighter and slighter as one reads on.

And this is too bad, as _The Shallows_ does eventually present some interesting facts about our use of computer-related tech and gadgetry. The problem is that extracting meaning from those facts eludes the author. What can we truly make of the reality that our use of tech is making us more like machines and less like humans beings? If the way we work online does alter the physical layout of our brains in harmful ways, we need to see worst case scenarios. Sadly, there's a sense of guilt in Carr that appears to prevent him from delivering the death blow to the detrimental effects of Internet usage, allowing himself an out in case he's wrong. Indeed, after detailing his own fast from tech that allowed him to finally concentrate enough to write _The Shallows_, Carr confesses to lapsing back into the wired lifestyle he supposedly decries.

All this leads the reader to ask, "Well, is the Internet bad for us or not?" The hints are there that it is, but Carr never goes all-in. Worse, even the points he makes in favor of the premise that it could be harmful don't lead to much conjecture about the fallout of such a slide. His section on the shallowness of multitasking COULD have been a profound indictment of the modern work world, but we instead get more of a meditative answer than anything hard-hitting. We read how traditional facts are no longer memorized (such as dates of events), as we instead relegate them to databases and fill our minds with "other" things. Yet is this a good or bad course? And how would the negative course alter society for the worse? Carr hints at negative outcomes, but we need more than hints and a few philosophical musings.

The lack of substantive premise support and forceful, dystopian warnings renders _The Shallows_ shallow. It's a book that could have been a contender, but instead it reads like a padded essay that was rushed into print. How sad that a book that decries reading by skimming almost forces readers to skim it as they search for something substantive to latch onto.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book!
The author was so engaging that I finished the book in one sitting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, well written and researched
The author takes on a very important subject - how certain types of internet use can rewire the brain of the user.This is no idle opinion piece, but rather a well thought out and researched work.Citing acedemic research, as well as taking a broad historic perspective, Carr makes the reader think twice before assuming that the internet is the answer to all questions.Just as the printing press made the calculus possible, the internet is also changing the way we think.And in some ways, perhaps, not for the better.I suspect we will be reading much more on this subject in the coming years.

5-0 out of 5 stars We are re-made by the tools we make
Early in this excellent book Nicholas Carr describes how amazed St. Augustine was to find St. Ambrose (bishop of Milan) actually reading without moving his lips!For around the year 400, everybody (except Ambrose apparently) had to sound out what they read:there were no spaces between the words, writing was just transcribed speech, and spoken words had no fixed gap between them (ergo, no blank spaces, right?).
And I never knew that the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, going blind and unable to focus on a page and write with a pen, began using an early typewriter-- and then noticed (as did a friend) that his style had become "tighter, more telegraphic".
Carr goes on to describe how the very plastic human brain is "rewired" by our tools for communicating throughout history.He thinks the way this is happening with the internet, despite the good stuff, is rewiring us in some disturbing ways.And he backs this up, reporting on some fascinating studies by medical and psychological researchers.
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2. Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires
by Scott Fox
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-03-25)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$10.38
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Asin: 0814409954
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this strategy-packed guide, top e-business consultant Scott Fox reveals the powerful but simple methods he and thousands of others have used to strike it rich on the Net. Exclusive interviews with 'mom and pop' entrepreneurs prove how easy it is to get started and build a million-dollar enterprise. "Internet Riches" also features an action plan for brainstorming new business ideas, and exercises to help readers determine the best moves for their particular situations. Filled with practical pointers and inspiring interviews, it's the most powerful book ever on starting and enjoying a million-dollar online business!Amazon.com Review
In this strategy-packed guide, top e-business consultant Scott Fox reveals the powerful but simple methods for strik­ing it rich on the Net. Exclusive interviews with dozens of "mom and pop" entrepreneurs prove how easy it is to get started and build a million-dollar enterprise. Readers get:

An inspiring guide to e-business opportunities, including "instant e-businesses" that require no start-up capital or technical training * proven strategies for making money from home and turning hobbies into businesses * low cost web marketing and product tips * legal and financial advice * detailed vendor recommendations * years of expertise and experience in one easy-to-use book Internet Riches also offers an innovative action plan for brain­storming new business ideas, and fun exercises to help readers determine the best moves for their particular situa­tions. Filled with practical pointers and motivational inter­views, it's the most powerful guide ever to finding financial freedom online!

Q&A with Scott Fox, author of Internet Riches

A 2007 survey showed that nearly half of American workers aren't satisfied with their jobs.What do you feel is holding people back from going into business for themselves?

People give their hesitation lots of names but it basically boils down to fear.I wrote Internet Riches precisely to help people overcome these fears. Starting an e-business today is much easier, much cheaper, and requires much less technology expertise than most people realize.

Unfortunately fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear that the learning curve is too steep, fear that there will not be a payoff for their work, fear that they cannot afford to do it, fear that they won’t be able to live up to their own expectations or the needs of the business combine to keep many people from even trying.It’s sad but true that in an effort to be "rational", these fears often combine to create a self-image where a person can’t imagine themselves building a successful e-business.

The problem is that this fear is based on an outdated 20th century understanding of the risks required to start your own business.As thousands of my readers have found, if you update your assumptions to reflect the realities of how easy it is to start your own business in the Internet Age, the conclusions change dramatically and in your favor.

The facts are plain:online markets are continuing to grow explosively, the costs of the equipment and infrastructure have dropped dramatically, the flexibility of working from home on a part-time basis means that people don’t have to quit their full-time jobs to pursue online success, and the great upside available to people who own their own small businesses have all combined to completely change the risk/reward equation.

Based on your research and experience, what areas have the most potential for growth in the coming years?

I’d put these opportunities in 3 buckets:The first bucket is filled with the obvious growth opportunities such as international markets and the mobile web (By this I mean the evolution of e-commerce into mobile commerce on your handheld device).Continuing explosive growth in these markets offers major profit opportunities.

The second bucket is the mining of niche markets.Because the Internet lets people communicate more easily than was possible in the 20th century, we are seeing the rapid emergence of millions of micro communities based on niche interests.This means that almost any hobby or issue can be used as the basis for a community of like-minded individuals.And anywhere there is a community, there is a market for goods and services which solve the problems faced by that community.The Internet allows entrepreneurs greater ability to service these niche markets cost-effectively than ever was possible before the Internet.

The third area of opportunity is the hardest to quantify but the most explosive:This is where entrepreneurs find new and unexpected ways to exploit the efficiencies of the Web to create new products, services, and markets.When one of these ideas finds particular success, it can spread like wildfire across the web and create very profitable new businesses very quickly.The big success stories like Facebook are very well covered by the media but there are thousands of smaller, millionaire-making e-businesses emerging all the time.

The benefits of starting a niche company are many; work from home, mesh passions with profits, be your own boss, etc.However, what potential pitfalls do niche market businesses need to look out for?

Getting ahead of yourself is probably the most common trap that I see for entrepreneurs.Especially because so many "get rich quick" gurus promise unrealistic returns, entrepreneurs can get hurt by diving too deeply, too quickly into their new passion.So, although one of the best parts of starting a business is turning your own enthusiasm into a revenue generator, this enthusiasm can also blind you to possible flaws in your approach.

Three ways to reduce these risks are:

1.Do your research.This means thoroughly investigating the competition (both online and off), pricing the goods and services needed for operations, and setting a realistic budget up-front for both your money and your time.
2. Take advantage of the new e-business paradigm by keeping your costs down, especially at first.Try a few versions of your business model to learn what works the best.Wait until you have found the most profitable approaches before signing any long term contracts or investing heavily in a new venture.In other words, don’t quit your day job until you have evidence that your new web site can lead to the pay-off you’re targeting.
3.Manage your time, relationships, and expectations with extra care during the start-up period.It can be hard on your family and relationships if you are suddenly working two jobs at once.Just as with your financial budget, you should develop a time line for your projects.Discuss this plan, and its associated trade-offs, with your family to get them on board, too.
These steps can help you keep your enthusiasm from overwhelming your good business sense.They can also help preserve your capital until it can be used most effectively.

You state that venture capital is no longer needed for today's internet start-up.Is this a product of cheaper technology, gun-shy investors, or both?

Venture capital can still be appropriate for capital-intensive ventures or to accelerate an already growing business.But for the niche entrepreneurs reading Internet Riches, it’s rarely needed because all the competition among technology service providers has so significantly lowered the costs and risks of starting an online business.

This trend is driven by competition in the technology sector, not just on the prices of hardware but also on the costs and ease of use of software, plus the economies of scale enabled by the Internet’s penetration into daily life and business operations worldwide.

For example, technologies that 10 years ago required tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars and an IT engineering team on staff are now available to small businesses in easier to use web-based versions for a small monthly fee.Server maintenance, software upgrades, and tech support are included.This used to be called Application Service Providers (ASPs) but the latest buzzword is SaaS (Software as a Service).Companies can also source goods with increasing efficiency, pricing transparency helps lower prices, and there are more people online shopping than ever before.These trends combine to lower costs, speed up time to market and increase the profit potential of any new e-business venture.

Cheaper, more efficient and easier-to-use technology has also greatly reduced the costs of infrastructure for setting up a new e-business.Now entrepreneurs can work from home, in their spare time, and not have to invest in office space, parking, furniture, insurance, signage, etc. etc.Most of those "real world" costs that were required to start a business in the 20th century have been eliminated for today’s Internet entrepreneurs.

Technology advancements have also revolutionized advertising.Services like Google’s Adsense/Adwords and Yahoo’s Search Marketing Solutions allow any business to advertise cost-effectively to consumers worldwide from a desktop PC.At the same time, those services can make money for entrepreneurs because they will place paid advertising on even the smallest, newest of web sites for no up-front cost.This gives any niche entrepreneur access to a potential advertising revenue stream previously only available to companies that owned newspapers, TV stations or radio programs.

If a business is less expensive to run, its products are cheaper to deliver and faster to market, and its advertising budget is more cost-effective, then it will also need less capital to get started.The combination of all these increased efficiencies and lower costs means a LOT less risk for entrepreneurs, and therefore less need for venture capital to sustain the business until revenues get started.Entrepreneurs can instead focus on growing their businesses instead of on technology support or on raising money that they may not need. Sorry, venture capitalists!

How important is search engine optimization (SEO) to a budding business?

SEO is a key strategy for marketing success, both for online and ‘real world’ businesses.

In my seminars, I often say "Search engines are the Yellow Pages of the 21st century."You wouldn’t traditionally have started a business without listing your phone number in the phone book would you?

Online is increasingly where the consumers are, so your business needs to be there as highly ranked as possible to attract as much traffic as possible.Today you can pay for prominent listings, just like in the days of the Yellow Pages’ dominance.But you can also get good search engine display "organically" for free.This means carefully crafting your web pages’ appearance, copy, and keywords to attract a high ranking from Google and Yahoo.

Often overlooked is the increasing importance of search engines for "real world" businesses, too.If you have a real world business based on local marketing (like a chiropractor or dry cleaner) you may not need a constantly updated e-commerce web site.But you should put up a basic "brochure" web site that is optimized for search engines.As everyone spends more time connected to the Web, you’ll want to be easily discoverable by your local customers online, too.

Internet Riches has three chapters about online marketing tactics for small business.These "No Budget Online Marketing Secrets," "Small Budget Online Marketing Secrets," and "Real Budget Online Marketing Secrets" chapters discuss "pull" marketing tactics like free organic search engine optimization, as well as "push" marketing techniques like keyword advertising and email newsletter publishing that can help any small business grow its online profitability.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book From A True Expert!!!
I bought several books to help me in starting my online business.This book is one of my favorites.Scott Fox has helped Bill O'Reily and Larry King with their web sites so this gives him greater credibility than other "gurus".In a world of posers and pretenders, I wanted to find someone who was credible.When I saw that he had been asked to help some of the big names launch their web sites, I knew I had found the right person to help me start my business.When I got the books, I started reading Scott's and could not put it down.It had story after story of successful online ventures and I could visit the websites to see the fruit.The book is definitely written for people who are starting out and need direction.It helps you determine what niches are good for you by giving you examples of different online business models and different flavors of the same.I also bought his E-Riches 2 book.I know that these books will be a part of my success because it has real world advice from someone who has succeeded and knows what he is talking about in online business.Great Book!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great!!!
Great i loved that the book was new and in great condition and it arrived early!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars I did not find it useful
In my opinion, this is pretty worthless. Particularly annoying was going to one of the websites recommended by the author only to find the authors mug there along with annoying popups.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Direct, No Fluff How-To About Launcing An Internet Business
Internet Riches: The Simple Money-Making Secrets of Online Millionaires

I have read many a book about internet business, SEO, and related topics, and this is the first one that pulls it all together in a single book. It is written without a lot of jargon and uncommon terminology, which will make the information accessible to newbies in addition to experienced internet marketers.

Great stuff about picking a niche, selecting your domain, and making money using cloud-based services (a.k.a. ASPs). I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Serious information
There are so many books and articles promising to send me, a newbie, on my way to being a millionaire. Geez, I've fallen for them all, bought them and read them. And I get stuck on putting up my website and making it work every time. That's because they are a load of junk, even though the information may be technically correct. If you're a newbie like me, they probably won't work for you either. After reading this book by Scott, I got sent down a more serious road to actually learning something worthwhile and how to apply it.Yes, he does mention the "millionaire" bit on his cover.But he'd done his market research and knew people like me wouldn't have bought the book otherwise.This book is an easy read for those of you trying to find your way out of an information fog.His techniques work out (if you're willing to learn rather than just read.) I'm still not a millionaire. But I did get enough serious information from this book to set me on my way to earning real income. My website is up and launched.It's also an easy read for those of us not so tech-savvy. His case studies are interesting and informative too.Normally I don't get much out of reading case studies and authors often seem to use them as a filler or selling point in their books.Definitately a book that will stay on my shelf and not given away. ... Read more

3. The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History
by Jane Bingham, Fiona Chandler, Sam Taplin, Jane Chisholm
Hardcover: 416 Pages (2001-01)
list price: US$39.99 -- used & new: US$26.39
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Asin: 0746041683
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Combining text with photographs and illustrations, this book provides children with a global view of history, from the creation of the Earth to the beginning of the 21st century. It also includes hundreds of web site addresses for further research. It features easy access to Web sites and free downloadable pictures and maps with test covering events from the Big Bang to the dawn of the 21st century. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars awesome pics but...
This book covers a huge range of time, so I understand some lack of detail.The sheer vagueness is hard to believe.The amount and quality of the pictures is amazing.But...
Each section is so unbelievably short, you can't even use this book to teach an overview of history.Some famous figures get a sentence or two.Anything at all in the last 1000 years is so brief you might as well not bother.Many important historical figures aren't even mentioned.
The sectons are so short, there is no way kids bother retaining any information.Even if a child started to show interest, the chapter ends before it could form enough to want another book on it.

The chapters that are three pages long are enough for very young kids.Any older and it is sort of a waste.

The book is good
1. as a breakdown to keep track of what part of history you are actually studying, whether from stories or other history books.It keeps you from missing important pieces.
2.For the maps.They are very clear about where exactly you are studying, unlike other books that have such close up maps, you can't really tell where you are in the big picture.
3.The pictures.Such good pics they almost make up for the lack of information
4.It really does cover everything.It goes over so much history, I can't believe it all fits.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this book
My daughter is a rising 4th grader at a Montessori school and her teacher requires this book.This is a secular book of World History, not Human History.As a result it devotes a large section to events that occurred before people entered the story, and does so in a manner consistent with prevailing, mainstream, scientific thought, presented at an age appropriate level.

The first section is the Prehistoric World section and there are 2 pages devoted to Evolution, 2 pages devoted to the formation of the Universe and Earth, and 2 pages devoted to Biogenesis.The remainder of the Prehistoric World section is a secular presentation of various prehistoric life forms, extinct animals, and a few pages on the great apes including Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens.If this treatment of the prehistoric world offends your religious beliefs then you may want to steer clear of this book.

The remainder of the book addresses the Ancient World through Modern times in a fairly linear presentation.Every couple of pages is devoted to a topic of interest that tends to define the region or time frame of interest.There is sufficient information to provide the student a high level overview of each topic.I expect my child will take an interest in certain topics and then dive deeper on her own, probably reading a topic specific book, writing a short paper, or creating a diorama.

In my opinion this is an excellent book, and I'm glad my child's teacher has selected it.I don't have a problem with the earlier sections in the book, but I am really looking forward to some of the latter sections where I plan to combine the book with History Channel and PBS documentaries.I am very pleased with the secular treatment of the topics. There are, though, 2 pages devoted to the rise of Christianity, as well as 2 pages devoted to the rise of Islam.And of course, it is hard to omit discussion of the historic influence of the Catholic Church.Again, these topics are presented without emotional overtures or bias, which I appreciate and do not find inappropriate.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a rational and mainstream treatment of world history that is appropriate for 4th through 6th grades.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay (the best I have been able to find for the age group)
I wish I had been able to preview the book before purchasing.I went ahead and purchased due to the rave reviews and due to the recommendation found in the Well-Trained Mind forums.

Pros:The pictures are bright and interesting.It is written at a level that my five-year-old can understand the information being read aloud. The pictures are adequate to capture and keep her interest.

Cons:I am disappointed in how little history is actually presented in some areas where evolution receives around 100 pages worth of attention.I don't have a problem with evolution but perhaps it could have received a little less attention and more attention could have been paid in updating at least a little history from the year 2000.I wish the events of September 11th were included but apparently no updates have been made since 2001.My copy has a copyright of 2006, so I find the omission of the events such as September 11th, the wars In Iraq and Afghanistan, etc., to leave a huge gap in our world's history.I am also not crazy about the mention of global warming as being a serious issue (at least global warming has finally been proven to be a hoax), so I will I be skipping over that section.I am also not crazy about how Christians (especially Catholics) are painted to be violent and intolerant of anyone who happened to disagree with them, so I will make sure to point my daughter to different viewpoints on these and other subjects, as well. I understand that this an encyclopedia of world history, but I really wish there had been a bit more attention given to the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, not just a scant paragraph that barely even mentions it.

Overall:I am not in love with this text but, in the absence of finding anything better at this point, I am trying to live with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Religion aside, this is a useful tool and a great resource
To touch on other comments: there is some religion. There are a few links that don't work anymore. Yes, you can find some of the links yourself.The type is NOT too small.

We used this book AND the kingfisher book for 6 months within our studies of ancient history at a 3rd grade level.Our family of 5 unanimously agreed that this usborn book is far superior to the kingfisher book.

There is a timeline on the bottom of every page for the spatial learner to see where they are within the context of time.The pages are illustrated nicely and appropriately. Items are labeled for the compulsive reader. The index is comprehensive. The breadth of information is appropriate for kids, under the heading of "put it before them and let them feast."If there is something your child wants to know more about it, for all means, look it up online or in other resource books.Many of the links provided will yield endless hours of additional information (and while you can look them up yourself with a search engine, I have three kids and am not interested in searching through pages of links, and I found it very helpful to have a ready-to-go link handy).

The comments about religion vs evolution are interesting... I personally don't think it is possible to provide a comprehensive overview of history without some sort of slant.We are a Christian family who also believes in science and evolution, and I am competent and smart enough to use the information in these books as a tool with my kids to teach them about what OUR beliefs are.People who are blaming the information in this book are perhaps expecting this book to parent their kids for them.

After six months of side-by-side weekly usage between this usborn book and the kingfisher book, this is - in the opinion of our household - a better book, with more interesting illustrations, better written text for kids, and providing in general a better single resource.If you are comparing the two books, this review was for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!From the very beginning to 2000 AD!!!
What an AMAZING book!While it was a required portion of our history program for our son, I will never hesitate to purchase a Usborne IL Encyclopedia again!The information is accurate and descriptive and the book in your hand is worth it's weight in gold (and it's heavy!)But when you add the internet extensions, it becomes a priceless connection to history through the ages for children to explore and enjoy.I can see this book being a favorite in our home for many years to come. ... Read more

4. The Internet For Dummies
by John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
Paperback: 432 Pages (2010-01-19)
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Don't miss the 12th edition of this bestseller, fully updated and now covering social networking!

Sixteen years since the publication of the first edition, this smash hit book has outsold and outlasted all the competition. See what all the excitement is about with the newest edition, The Internet For Dummies, 12th Edition. You'll not only find a lot of the basics presented in an easy-to-follow and friendly style, you'll also get the latest on social networking, security, and much more-stuff barely on the horizon a couple of years ago that now dominates the online landscape.

  • Introduces you to what's online, how to deal with annoyances like spam and spyware, and how to control what your kids see and do online
  • Walks you through picking a provider, getting hooked up to the Internet, and sharing a connection in your home or with other devices
  • Gives you a guided a tour through popular Web browsers, getting good search results; finding music and video; shopping; banking; and sharing files
  • Also covers e-mail, connecting with friends, online chats, and more
  • Helps you find the hot social networking sites and see how to handle photo and video sharing

Using the Internet? Get thoroughly up to speed with this popular guide. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the true novice
This book was very helpful for someone who just got their first computer and had never, ever been on the internet before. Now they are surfing like a pro.

2-0 out of 5 stars Shipping is to much !!!
The shipping cost was a lot more than my order.It didn't feel right.I think some or most of the stuff I read is out dated.

4-0 out of 5 stars I needed to understand some basic terminology and this greatly helped
My son decided it was time for me to learn about my computer and stop bugging him all the time.He suggested I get one of the dummie's books and he was right.I felt it was exactly the explanation and had exactly the information I needed to understand what I am doing on the computer every day. ... Read more

5. How the Internet Works (8th Edition)
by Preston Gralla
Paperback: 432 Pages (2006-12-01)
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Simple, clear explanations walk you through every technology

Detailed 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!



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.




Amazon.com Review
The Internet does many wondrous things, but an alarming number of them remain "black boxes" whose interior workings are a mystery. In How the Internet Works, Preston Gralla shows how information gets from here to there on the world's biggest computer network. With assistance from illustrators Sarah Ishidi, Mina Reimer, and Stephen Adams, Gralla presents a series of full-color spreads, each of which picks apart some aspect of Internet technology. You'll find explanations of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), Web browsers, electronic mail, Web search engines, multimedia, and more. There's a spread that shows how bulk e-mailers (known as spammers) extract addresses from newsgroups and send advertisements to them. There's also an excellent graphical depiction of how the infamous Melissa trojan horse wreaked havoc among Microsoft Outlook users in early 1999.

Some of the explanations are weaker than others. While Gralla gives a lot of details about how Internet telephony works, his explanation of PointCast consists of, to paraphrase, "You install the special client software, which communicates with the special server software and presents news to you." It's more of a definition than an explanation. The book is split about evenly between simple definition entries and detailed, commendable how-it-works entries. There's no glossary per se, but the index is good. --David Wall

Topics covered: Internet architecture, addressing, domain names, routers, connectivity, e-mail, newsgroups, Web browsers, push technologies, and Internet safety and security. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of this seller
I did not receive the book and the seller did not reply to my e- mail either

5-0 out of 5 stars Just about "The Way Things Work"
This is really the definitive visual primer.
Not technical, but clear and concise.
Every edition has seen some refinement, and older editions actually age fairly well.

For deeper comprehension, muddle through some RFCs.
For more concise visuals, try visibone.
For everything else, look no further.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone
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.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hard to rate - it depends on the audience
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.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Helpful
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 andopened 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. ... Read more

6. The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It
by Jonathan Zittrain
Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-03-17)
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This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation—and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control.


IPods, iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos represent the first wave of Internet-centered products that can’t be easily modified by anyone except their vendors or selected partners. These “tethered appliances” have already been used in remarkable but little-known ways: car GPS systems have been reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on the occupants at all times, and digital video recorders have been ordered to self-destruct thanks to a lawsuit against the manufacturer thousands of miles away. New Web 2.0 platforms like Google mash-ups and Facebook are rightly touted—but their applications can be similarly monitored and eliminated from a central source. As tethered appliances and applications eclipse the PC, the very nature of the Internet—its “generativity,” or innovative character—is at risk.


The Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Its salvation, Zittrain argues, lies in the hands of its millions of users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, this book shows how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.”

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2-0 out of 5 stars Eh...
I saw a video of a talk he gave which seemed to be a prelude to this book.I liked his talk and presentation style, so I read the book.My review is in the middle of the road.The author is brilliant.He has a broad vocabulary, uses impeccable grammar, and offers decent ideas and concepts regarding the subject matter.That said, the delivery is long-winded, sluggish, repetitive, contains many near-run-on sentences, and is at times downright tedious, flowing like a lawyer's contract.There are times when he goes over the same points more than once, but then briefly mentions other concepts which may be foreign to the reader, only to move on leaving them unexplained.I also don't agree with with most of his proposed "solutions"-I believe they would not work, but this does not affect my review either way.

4-0 out of 5 stars Aristotechnology
Anyone interested in the future of freedom should read Jonathan Zittrain's book, The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It.Just the picture on the hardcover edition is worth the price of the book.But it goes much deeper on the first page and keeps going.This is a challenging read, and the ideas covered are vital to our future.

The internet is at a crossroads, Zittrain argues, and will go either in the direction of grassroots generativity or tethered cybersecurity.The first will increase freedom, while the second will maintain security at the cost of many aristocratic controls.Neither path is perfect, and both have some merit.Few people know how crucial this choice is or that it is being made now.Yet the future of freedom hangs on it.

This is not hyperbole.It is real, and it is timely.

The internet has been a great source of innovation, creativity and freedom, because it has been generative.This means that anybody with a computer and internet hookup could put whatever they wanted online.On the one hand this is a powerful freedom, but on the other hand there have been many abuses.Online, person A's opinion has the same weight as person B's.But what if person A is a seventeen-year-old Nazi sympathizer?The proponents of generativity argue that over time most people will listen to reason and we can trust that the outcome will work out well.Others wonder--what about the six or eighteen who do listen to the Nazi promoter?School shootings and terrorist bombings promote the idea that some type of regulation may be warranted.

If anybody can say anything online, what of accuracy, decency, or safety?Internet promoters make a lot of money passing around false messages, without editors like the print and broadcast media.Is it the destiny of the internet to be the major provider of yellow journalism, child pornography, and shadiness?Strong words, but the reality is even stronger.Is the generative future viable without a balance of freedom and order?

The other future is the tethered appliance, as Zittrain calls it.Instead of a two-way communication, this type of technology allows the user to call, email or otherwise use the iPhone, TiVo, Onstar, the internet, software or other technology.Sometimes a central operator controls the flow and edits it to ensure safety and perhaps even accuracy or decency.For example, if a user downloads copyrighted material illegally, and then sends it to a friend, the technology provider is liable and will likely not allow the transfer.In tethered appliances, the technology company can monitor the usage.For example, TiVo was able to report that Janet Jackson's Super Bowl performance was rewound three times more often than any other part of the Super Bowl.

If the company can monitor users, the government can too.What does this mean for the future of privacy?

Zittrain is a supporter of generativity, and very concerned about the loss of freedom that a tethered society would bring.But the challenge to freedom goes much deeper.In fact, even the generative technologies are easily tethered.With spy ware your personal computer work can be monitored---by private or government watchers.Your conversations while driving can be listened to if you have Onstar, and of course, phone calls can be overheard.

As digital technology increases, perhaps anything and everything can be watched--by companies, individuals and governments.

Papers, documents, conversations--nothing is private in a digital world.The solution has little to do with generativity vs. tethering, and more to do with separations, checks and balances.Technology gives governments more power, and so the need for Constitutional overrides is even stronger.I've heard it said that the U. S. Constitution was made for an agrarian people, and is therefore inadequate for our day.In fact, our modern technologies make the Constitutional checks and balances more important now than ever.If anything, we need even stronger ones!

Amazingly, the 1789 U. S. Constitution solves the current generativity vs. tethering question.It allows both, and keeps both within proper boundaries.Some regulation is needed, or we'll be stuck with privacy for aristocrats (who can afford it) and aristocratic surveillance of everyone else in practically all aspects of life.Under a full constitutional model, privacy would be regulated and maintained by the right people in the right way--with oversight by the people, and effective checks and balances.Under our current model, this is disappearing.

Since 1945 there has been a gradual, some would say rapid, de-emphasis of the clear separations, checks and balances of the Constitution. In practice, this is a tragedy.Today, more than ever, we need a citizenry who demands that the Constitution be followed--as it is on paper, not as "experts" have interpreted it.And that's not a criticism of the judiciary or executive alone.If anything, it is Congress and the state legislatures who are most to blame. Fortunately, they are the closest to the people, and therefore the most likely to change.But change will only come when people, regular people, read and study and support the U. S. Constitution.

In general, technology is a great benefit to prosperity, security, lifestyle and progress.Adopting effective principles of freedom actually allows technology to progress faster, without tethering its users to an aristocratic Big Brother.

When technology flourishes, power increases.But power can be used for or against freedom.Progress is measured by the increase or decrease of freedom and technology.When both are prevalent, society progresses and prospers.When both are diminished, society regresses.But the real value of this measurement tool is the gap between the two.

When technology is high and freedom low, power centers in the aristocratic or autocratic few, and society, happiness and prosperity decline.While some few find success, society as a whole degenerates.

When freedom is high and technology low, freedom itself naturally foments technological progress.Sometimes a nation in this situation is conquered by a stronger power before it completes its technological growth, but high freedom tends to catalyze technological growth.

In contrast, low freedom always blocks or at the very least slows technology.


History provides this clear lesson for our day: tethered technology is a means of rule, not leadership, and eventually decreases or drastically slows technological progress.

Some would argue that the model is flawed, that it leaves out morality (be it fidelity in marriage or responsible protection of the environment).But morality is technology in the best sense--strong family and environmental values and practices meet all the criteria of the best other technologies and increase progress, power, prosperity and freedom when applied by a society.

Freedom is neither anti-technology nor pro-technology patently.Freedom principles are against tethered, controlling, manipulative and aristocratic technologies or uses, and strongly support technological progress and freedom together.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK
This book was way too long.Much of the book seems repetitive.That being said, there were some very interesting and valuable concepts explained in the book.

2-0 out of 5 stars I hoped the content would be as intriguing as the title
Despite the title "the Future of the Internet", more than half the book is about its past including the history of PCs. In simple words, the book was boring. Maybe it would have been more interesting, if it used more subtitles or in-text information boxes to make it more attractive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Generation Generators
The Internet has indeed evolved and it continues to create myriad social and legal questions far beyond battles over hacking and file sharing. In fact, technological control and government regulation are now the biggest issues, but they've largely escaped the public's notice. This book is a very useful primer on up-to-the-minute issues in cyberlaw, and Zittrain insightfully frames the history of the Internet from multiple social and technical perspectives. The Internet was once totally user-defined but is now in the process of being locked down into proprietary tethered devices under the control of for-profit corporations, with the (supposed) need for security against hackers, viruses, and copyright infringement. But in the process, the Internet is in danger of becoming little more than a mass media outlet, to the peril of public collaboration and cooperative programming.

These are truly worrisome issues, and Zittrain frames the problem very well, but as the book drags along his overall argument becomes more and more directionless. The first problem is that Zittrain expends far too much effort trying to add theoretical support to his concept of "generativity," reaching awkwardly into areas of education policy and social construction of technology that are not his forte. And while Zittrain maps out the potentially unhappy "Future of the Internet," he comes up short on "How to Stop It" - or even why. Surely a certain segment of netizens would wish to avert the coming disaster, but it's a disaster that probably only they can see. Zittrain bemoans, but largely evades, the fact that the overwhelming majority of current Internet users are passive consumers of information on sites like this one.

This book's main deficiency is not in framing the problem, but in making the need for solutions relevant to the huge demographic that really has some kind of say in the near future of the Internet. Besides, technology will still allow truly passionate netizens to abandon the locked-down and corporatized World Wide Web. Figuring out how to make everyone else care is still the 64 gazillion dollar question. [~doomsdayer520~] ... Read more

7. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
by Tom Standage
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-09-18)
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A new paperback edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses--the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first.
The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.
Amazon.com Review
Imagine an almost instantaneous communication system thatwould allow people and governments all over the world to send andreceive messages about politics, war, illness, and family events. Thegovernment has tried and failed to control it, and its revolutionarynature is trumpeted loudly by its backers. The Internet? Nope, thehumble telegraph fit this bill way back in the 1800s. The parallelsbetween the now-ubiquitous Internet and the telegraph are amazing,offering insight into the ways new technologies can change the veryfabric of society within a single generation. In The VictorianInternet, Tom Standage examines the history of the telegraph,beginning with a horrifically funny story of a mile-long line of monksholding a wire and getting simultaneous shocks in the interest ofinvestigating electricity, and ending with the advent of thetelephone. All the early "online" pioneers are here: Samuel Morse,Thomas Edison, and a seemingly endless parade of code-makers,entrepreneurs, and spies who helped ensure the success of thiscommunications revolution. Fans of Longitude will enjoyanother story of the human side of dramatic technologicaldevelopments, complete with personal rivalry, vicious competition, andagonizing failures. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The first internet
The Victorian Internet is an amazing story of the development and uses of the fast means of communication.Interesting stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, horrible ecopy...
A compelling read that is well-written, but the typos in the e-version for Kindle appear with an alarming and annoying frequency.Did anyone copy-edit this, or was it rapidly converted without any attention to detail?

4-0 out of 5 stars A Humorous and Worthwhile Read
I have just finished leisurely reading Tom Standage's book The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century On-Line Pioneers. Standage discusses the creation and development of the telegraph system and how it revolutionized communication in the nineteenth century. The book claims that Modern Internet users are in many ways the heirs of the telegraphic tradition, meaning that how people used the telegraph during the nineteenth century parallels how people use the Internet today. Standage goes on to suggest that by studying how the telegraph developed and created certain trends in society, we can learn a lot about the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls of the Internet today. From discussing the social impact of both systems with the development of online social interactions to the way that business and work was revolutionized, the book has it all! You can laugh about how Victorians flirted and developed romantic connections over Morse code and you can marvel at the way getting more rapid information, particularly with the invention of the stock ticker, allowed financial markets to emerge and grow.

-The Mad Hedge Fund Trader

4-0 out of 5 stars good condition
the book was in good condition but it took a little while to send it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening antidote to chronocentricity
Tom Standage mentions chronocentricity on p 213 as "the egotism that one's own generation is poised on the very cusp of history."Comparing modern times to the past, he says "if any generation has the right to claim that it bore the full bewildering, world-shrinking brunt of such a revolution, it is not us -- it is our nineteenth-century forbears."Commentator Gary Hoover defines chronocentricity as being "obsessed with our own era, considering it the most important or most dynamic time ever."Being a history major, I find The Victorian Internet (TVI) to be an enlightening antidote to chronocentricity, and I recommend it to anyone trying to better understand modern times through the lens of history.

In TVI, readers will encounter themes very familiar to those involved with the latest telecommunications revolution: using communications to catch criminals; concerns with privacy, and an inability to identify users; application of codes and encryption to foil thieves and governments, if possible; corruption affecting various aspects of the system; heavy reliance by the financial industry; operator jargon; dealing with load and congestion; transmission errors causing financial problems; users not understanding technology; technology staying ahead of the law; and governments intercepting, copying, and analyzing transmissions.

Probably one of the most interesting themes in the book involved expectations that improved communications would lead to world peace.While reading the book a student asked me if the rise of Web 2.0 and social networking sites would result in increased understanding among those of different faiths, hopefully leading to a more peaceful world.At the very least, after reading a book like TVI, I can say the Victorian Internet didn't result in world peace. ... Read more

8. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
by Katie Hafner
Paperback: 304 Pages (1998-01-21)
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Twenty five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, twenty million people worldwide are surfing the Net.Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone.

In the 1960's, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking readers behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.Amazon.com Review
Considering that the history of the Internet is perhaps betterdocumented internally than any other technological construct, it isremarkable how shadowy its origins have been to most people, includingdie-hard Net-denizens!

At last, Hafner and Lyon have written a well-researched story of theorigins of the Internet substantiated by extensive interviews with itscreators who delve into many interesting details such as thecontroversy surrounding the adoption of our now beloved "@"sign as the separator of usernames and machine addresses.Essentialreading for anyone interested in the past -- and the future -- of theNet specifically, and telecommunications generally. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!
This book is great, nice storytelling and has such a great depth in historical facts. As a book that tells how the internet was invented it does an excellent job on building all the historical foundations (like the cold war, creation of NASA and the American space program) presenting them in such a nicely and ordered fashion that makes everything down to Earth. It's a blessing that shows how the world society influenced such radical changes into human communication and it's immediate impacts on the American society. The book goes the extra mile and provides how the inventors envision the future of the internet and what are it's challenges.

Who should buy it:
- Anyone who is passionate about technology
- Anyone that likes good adventure stories
- Anyone that studies history and wants to better understand the impacts and origins of the internet.

Who should not buy it:
- Anyone who hates American history/society
- Anyone who does not care about technology

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read! ARPANET!!!
This book was a great read. I loved it. It was extremely informative about how the Internet was first created and how it grew and expanded from the small, with only 15 nodes, ARPANET, to the world wide web that links millions of computers around the globe.Hafner and Lyon have created a great read that captures the history and the awesomeness of the origins of the Internet. These men will forever be remembered of the fathers of the web, they have changed technology forever and have greatly bettered the world by doing so. This book takes readers behind the scenes of all the hard work, long hours, genius, and the "happy accidents of the successful ordeal. Some of the characters are great too.Some of them are even college students when they first created the ARPANET. I think that is amazing, but it just goes to show you that anyone can do anything no matter how old. Everyone in the world ho cares about where the @ symbol comes from on email addresses, or the "www" in front of a website, should definitely go out to there local bookstore and purchase this book! It's no surprise it was "one of Library Journal's picks for best Sci-Tech book of the year."

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
I recommend this book to whoever is interested in the history of internet. The author delivers good jokes and brings you into the office of the creators of internet!

5-0 out of 5 stars where wizards stay up late
Where wizards stay up late is the definitive history of the development of the Internet from the scientific research network called ARPAnet.A convergence of coincidental discoveries by brilliant minds from various branches of science and math caused this phenomenon that we now use daily and take for granted.The fact that e-mail was initiated primarily from one of the computer geniuses in Los Angeles asking his buddy in London through a brief message to find and return his electric shaver is just one fascinating bit of trivia.I loaned my book to a regional Panasonic sales rep some years ago just after I began reading it.I never regretted the 'loan' and I can see why he wanted to keep it! But I had some time this summer to catch up on belated reading.The author, a noted print journalist, explains the history with wonder and admiration in layman's terms. The writing shows the humorous and human side of very serious and very intelligent engineers and technologists of the highest order.If you want a great story that is also true, read this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but dry
Fascinating history of Arpanet and evolution of the internet, with glimpses of the personalities of the founders.

It gives you an appreciation of the challenges that had to be overcome and the brilliance required to create a smoothly functioning network of networks. People who grew up after 1980 may not have a sense of how amazing it is, because the internet has always been in their lives, like radio was for us Boomers.

The authors tell the story in terms of the people and relationships involved, not just in terms of the technology. Still, the writing is dry. I would like to know more about the personalities, which John Markoff accomplished in "What the Doormouse Said: How the 60's Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer". ... Read more

9. The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher; Third Edition
by Randolph Hock
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-02-08)
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Now in its third edition, The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook is the essential guide for anyone who uses the Internet for research: librarians, teachers, students, writers, business professionals, and others who need to search the Web proficiently. Award-winning writer and Internet trainer Randolph Ran Hock covers strategies and resources (including search engines, directories, portals, alerting services, blogs, and social networks) for all major areas of Internet content.

Readers with little to moderate searching experience appreciate the author's helpful, easy-to-follow advice, while experienced searchers discover a wealth of new ideas, techniques, and resources. Those who train others to use the Internet find the book indispensable. As a reader bonus, the author maintains The Extreme Searcher s Web Page featuring links, updates, news, and much more. It's the ideal starting place for any Web search.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Overall, an excellent tool for internet researchers, neophytes and old pros alike.
Randolph Hock is into his third edition of "The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook". This is one of those gems that should be on the bookshelf, if not the desk, of every who uses the internet to search for information. Overall, it is an excellent book, written in an informal style (which can be considered a deficit by some), loaded with instruction, examples and details.

Most people don't know how to unleash the full power of the ubiquitous Google. Read this and you'll learn how to use Google the way the pros do and greatly enhance your search skills. Hock will introduce you to specialty search engines you never heard of and will be thankful to Hock for letting you know about them.

Beyond search engines, Hock instructs about services that many people not be familiar with such as UseNet, still one of the most powerful ways to get esoteric technical information, forums, groups and so on. Along the way, Hock dispenses nuggets of internet history which many people - sadly - aren't aware of.

The only grievous error I found was Hock's choices of recommended news sources. Each of those Hock recommends has been criticized for biased and incomplete reportage and in three cases has been shown to be fabricating stories, photos and even video in order to shape public opinion. I think Hock should have included more sources so the reader would be introduced to a wider range of viewpoints.

Shopping and price comparison sites, news aggregators, blogs and more are covered. There are quite a few specialty sites that I was glad to learn about. Amazingly, Hock doesn't treat any of these in a completely superficial manner. In each case, he provides at least the basic information about what the resource provides and how to use it.

For any researcher using the internet, this is a must-have book.


5-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It is a self explanatory book that highlights main points in detail for complete understanding.

4-0 out of 5 stars Internet searching
This book is more about internet searches rather than people searching using the internet.If you are looking for a book to help you with your online searches, this book is very detailed and full of information. I would say it is the encyclopedia on this topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher
This book is easy to read and very helpful. It is great for novices and experienced web users. It lists resources and easy tips. Definately worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Searchers
I have been using the internet for many years, but this book taught me things that I didn't know.Using the links on the book website enabled me to quickly go to pages and learn as I read.It's really a great tool for students learning to do research papers. ... Read more

10. Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
by Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
Paperback: 240 Pages (2008-06-30)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Is the Internet erasing national borders?Will the future of the Net be set by Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries?Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net?
In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world. It's a book about the fate of one idea--that the Internet might liberate us forever from government, borders, and even our physical selves.We learn of Google's struggles with the French government and Yahoo's capitulation to the Chinese regime; of how the European Union sets privacy standards on the Net for the entire world; and of eBay's struggles with fraud and how it slowly learned to trust the FBI.In a decade of events the original vision is uprooted, as governments time and time again assert their power to direct the future of the Internet.The destiny of the Internet over the next decades, argue Goldsmith and Wu, will reflect the interests of powerful nations and the conflicts within and between them.
While acknowledging the many attractions of the earliest visions of the Internet, the authors describe the new order, and speaking to both its surprising virtues and unavoidable vices.Far from destroying the Internet, the experience of the last decade has lead to a quiet rediscovery of some of the oldest functions and justifications for territorial government.While territorial governments have unavoidable problems, it has proven hard to replace what legitimacy governments have, and harder yet to replace the system of rule of law that controls the unchecked evils of anarchy.While the Net will change some of the ways that territorial states govern, it will not diminish the oldest and most fundamental roles of government and challenges of governance.
Well written and filled with fascinating examples, including colorful portraits of many key players in Internet history, this is a work that is bound to stir heated debate in the cyberspace community. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!
I ordered my books one week before I start fall semester && the book came about 3 days after I ordered it && to add to it, the book is in PERFECT SHAPE for being used!! I am one happy customer

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly reasoned apology for government control/surveillance of the Internet
I was very disappointed with this book after seeing all of the high reviews here, and reading the description for the book. I thought I was going to be reading an in-depth analysis of the technical, legal, and political means by which governments control, censor, and surveil the Internet, what the sociopolitical effects of this are, and how people around the world are resisting invasion of privacy and deprivation of autonomy.

Instead, I discovered that it was actually a poorly reasoned apology for government surveillance, censorship, and control of the Internet. Bringing out those trusty old substitutes for rational analysis and debate -- child porn, Nazi hate speech, and computer fraudsters -- Wu and Goldsmith repeatedly attempt to show us how grateful we should be for our governments "protecting" us from "villains", and how we were all so "naive" for thinking that we wanted to be able to have a democratic, uncensored electronic communications medium, and how silly we were for thinking that we would actually be allowed to have one.

They discuss issues within inane framings such as "uninhibited debate vs. order", and talk about how it'sgreat that governments are censoring and monitoring the public, because that's what people need to keep them safe from all of those Nazis and child pornographers. They of course, superficially touch upon the Chinese surveillance state, and how in *extreme* and *rare* situations like China, government surveillance, censorship, and control might *possibly* lead to political repression -- but other than that, they keep on the velvet gloves, hardly discussing government violations of liberty and privacy, and not touching at all upon the extensive surveillance apparatus in the United States or Great Britain. They're too busy scaring us with stories that are supposed to let us know how good all of this is, to honestly cover the reasons that people oppose these sorts of government activities

Instead of hearing WHY people are so "caught up" in these "naive" quest for the ability to have private, uncensored communications, we have over 1/3 of the book informing us that these programs are a "necessary evil", and how anyone who criticizes them is just a naive, ethnocentric "libertarian" who doesn't understand that they can't go around pushing the "uniquely American values" of free speech and privacy on other cultures who don't want them. They both under- and mis-represent the views of people who defend privacy and autonomy, and make them out to be a bunch of naive, overly-optimistic, idealists who have such an innocent, childish view of the world that they, in their quest after silly abstractions like political freedom, have overlooked all of those "public goods" like libel law and police repression that maintain that comfortable "order" (comfortable, that is, if you are an Ivy League professor who gets to experience the friendly side of it, instead of a Chinese torture chamber) that is threatened by "uninhibited debate" (like people being able to openly discuss corporate crimes without being hit with a SLAPP lawsuit for violating the libel/slander laws that the authors are so vigorously promoting).

They "prove" through the example of fraud on E-Bay, that people need government to protect them from fraud, conveniently ignoring the fact that the market system that those same governments were designed to protect are the sole reason that the fraudsters exist in the first place (if there was no money or economic inequality/injustice, what exactly would a fraudster *do*?).

And besides all of that, even as an apology for totalitarianism and nationalism, it was still poorly put together. The book has extremely low information density, and is very poorly reasoned. Even if you agree with them that governments should tightly control and monitor the Internet, you still won't learn much -- most of the book is irrelevant fluff. Their view of how governments "work" is very simplistic -- reminiscent of a high-school civics/government class. Seeing that the authors are law professors at Ivy League universities merely reaffirms Noam Chomsky's statement that many of the people in universities these days are not really "intellectuals", but in fact "a kind of secular priesthood, whose task it is to uphold the doctrinal truths of this society."

Don't waste your time, money, or energy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book to find why the net is dubbed 'new media'
There's a review titled "outdated - already!". What a nut.

I'm naturally skeptical of non-fictional books for their nature of appearing to be easy to write. So many things can go wrong in a book, from style to historical interpretations, especially when it's about a technical subject like the net. Readers are left with a ton of noise. Sympathize with this message? If so, get this book, you won't be disappointed. Especially if you're into social sciences. It's easy to read and is a vast analysis of lots of interesting historical accounts that coexist in conjunction to the book's main message (net neutrality).

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
A book based on facts, but written to be read as fiction. Once you start, you don't leave it. Makes you smile, and makes you think about new economy and what governments can and should do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rompiendo ilusiones sobre internet
La imagen de internet se debate entre un estereotipo mediático popular que habla de su ilimitada capacidad autónoma y de recursos, frente a la realidad de las limitaciones y exclusiones con las que tropieza día a día que cada vez son toleradas y alimentadas como excusa necesaria para un desarrollo tecnológico, económico y social.

En este contexto comentaba Juan Freire hace poco:

"Internet ofrece un espacio virtual de libertad, autónomo de las autoridades del mundo físico."

Y mientras el deseo de un espacio virtual libre y autónomo pueda ser genuino no hay nada más alejado de la realidad vigente. El espacio de Internet está sujeto cada vez más a normas, regulaciones, fronteras, que permiten la expansión de la herramienta pero también su adaptación a realidades locales. Las cuales desafortunadamente no tienen en cuenta únicamente los gustos o necesidades de un tipo de usuarios sino que se amoldan a necesidades de gobiernos o intereses privados generando prácticas represivas y restrictivas del uso de Internet. Es así Internet la que se adapta y no el gobierno de China acepta la libertad de expressión. Por ejemplo al punto de que la información facilitada por gigantes como Yahoo es la responsable de poner a disidentes políticos tras rejas.

Si hay algo que hace bien el libro de Jack Goldsmith y Tim Wu, "Who Controls the Internet?, Illusions of a Borderless World" es eso, mostrar la historia de Internet y su relación con el mundo físico, las barreras regionales, nacionales y como se está modificando el desarrollo de esta comunicación cada vez más para acomodarse a imposiciones desde arriba y no responder necesariamente a los deseos de la comunidad de usurarios. El libro es muy recomendable en su análisis de la concepción de Internet y desarrollos y casos legales en los últimos años. Algo quizás no tan novedoso para aquellos que lleven inmersos en estos debates un tiempo. Pero en particular es útil para señalar a defensores simplistas de una globalización capitalista homogeneizadora como Thomas Friedman. Desafortunadamente el libro en sus conclusiones tiene una vertiente conservadora, y mientras Friedman es un conservador global e imperial, Goldsmith y Wu muestran un conservadurismo digital que defiende y anima las restricciones regionales sin ningún pudor e incluso desprecia el pensamiento de muchos de los impulsores de internet que buscaban un espacio sin fronteras, libre y diverso.

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11. How I Made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too!: The Complete Insider's Guide to Making Millions with Your Internet Business
by Ewen Chia
Paperback: 354 Pages (2009-01-01)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$12.00
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Asin: 1600374700
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this comprehensive step-by-step guide to setting up a booming Internet business and raking in million-dollar profits, Ewen Chia demystifies marketing jargon and shares the tips and techniques that continue to net his online businesses a cool fortune. Whether you're seeking to create and develop a thriving Internet business from scratch or looking to realize the full potential of your existing business, whether you haven't a clue what the Internet is about, or you're armed with a business degree, Ewen's upbeat and accessibly written Million-Dollar Blueprint will help you: --Find out who's buying what and develop lucrative solutions to meet market needs --Grab and keep the attention of prospective buyers with irresistible offers --Create a follow-up system of additional offers to boost income and grow your business --Automate your business so you can enjoy the ultimate rewards of profits, time, and leisure --Duplicate your business(es) to multiply your total income
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ewen Chia's the real deal for Affiliate Marketers
I read Ewen's book, it's great....really insightful and really opened by eyes into the world of affiliate marketing...I have been applying some of Ewen's ideas and suggestions; so far, i have been getting positive results.

His book covers everything from: (list of the chapters covered in How i Made my First Million):

1) His personal life story and how he became a super affiliate and product creator.
2) The Fab Five : (as per Ewen) : every successful marketing system comes down to five components: market+offer+traffic+backend+duplication
3) Tools of the Trade: Website Creation with your domain, autoresponder, link tracking and link cloaking

Although, he doesn't go into a lot of detail as to where link tracking can be obtained or recommended link cloaking softwares. (for affiliate marketers)

4) How to Analyze Your Market: Market Affinity, Market Profitability, Research Tools etc.
5) Finding and Knowing Your Product, Making an Irrestible Offer etc.
6) Easy Traffic and the importance of link building
7) One of the most comprehensive set of tools i have read anywhere about How to Boost Your Traffic (which in it self is a huge chapter)which includes 14 Tactics on How to Boost Your Traffic.
8) Your Traffic Plan
9) How to create the perfect back end product for affiliate marketers.
10)Gives Ewen's insight into how to duplicate our business model.

This is what i liked about Ewen, which was confirmed in another book i read (ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income) written by owner of problogger.net: Darren Rowse.

Is that the true secrets of making a five or six figure income is to duplicate your business model / products or own multiple websites; both Ewen Chia and the owner of [...]: Darren Rowse owns multiple websites / blogs, which is the secrets behind their high incomes....

I was really happy, that the money i spent for this book was worth it.

This book is not for everyone, although people interested in internet marketing and affiliate marketing can learn a great deal from it.

Sanih, Owner of [...]

5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Book to Help You Start Affiliate Marketing.
I had been trying to break into Internet Marketing for around 6 months without success. But I knew that there were many people making money from it so it must work. I decided to start from scratch and find another way to approach how I was going to learn about Affiliate Marketing.
I like reading books and being able to go through them at my own pace. I decided this was the way to go so I bought a number of books on the subject including Internet Riches, E.Riches 2.0, 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles and How I made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too!They're all good books but "How I Made my First Million..." was the best for me to start again. The book is written in a verty easy to understand manner with good explanations of all facets the author is trying to explain. The book does a good job of taking you through the steps of Affiliate Marketing and what I do really like about it is you can use it instead of buying a course. Are there things that should be in the book that aren't? Yes, The book is only 300 pages long and like most of these books the main goal of the author is to lead you to other products they have for sale with the chance of a sale(Sound Familiar).Anyway the point I'm trying to make here is the book strategies and teachings are sound and if you are looking at beginning an online business this book will help you.
Points of Interest
Chapter 8: This entire section explains Traffic Generation really well and shows why it is important to get right. ( I noticed this has been mentioned as a strong point in other reviews on this book)
Another thing which I really have started to appreciate that is mentioned many times in this book is having the right mindset. This business like so many others when you start up will takes its toll on your confidence and motivation. The book warns you of this and I really appreciate this as I've been able to build from the harder times, because in a way I had been expecting it!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life
How I Made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too!: The Complete Insider's Guide to Making Millions with Your Internet Business is a must read for anyone involved in internet marketing, just getting involved in internet marketing as well as anyone new to internet marketing.I have read it twice and continue to find lots of information and answers to many questions I had about making a full time living online.You will be surprised and amazed at what Ewen Chia includes in this wonderful book.Thank You, Ewen! Fabulous book!

5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding
Ewen Chia is definetly a master at affiliate marketing. A must read for everyone interested in on line marketing. He combines the different techniques with great marketing verbage. He really shows you how to have people respond to on line marketing.[...]

5-0 out of 5 stars How I Made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too!
This is a basic to advance Internet Marketing book that you must read. It tells you everything that you need to know. There are lots of tips and resources that you should explore. Don't Wait and Grab your copy now! ... Read more

12. Scalable Internet Architectures
by Theo Schlossnagle
Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-07-31)
list price: US$49.99 -- used & new: US$18.78
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Asin: 067232699X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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As a developer, you are aware of the increasing concern amongst developers and site architects that websites be able to handle the vast number of visitors that flood the Internet on a daily basis. Scalable Internet Architecture addresses these concerns by teaching you both good and bad design methodologies for building new sites and how to scale existing websites to robust, high-availability websites. Primarily example-based, the book discusses major topics in web architectural design, presenting existing solutions and how they work. Technology budget tight? This book will work for you, too, as it introduces new and innovative concepts to solving traditionally expensive problems without a large technology budget. Using open source and proprietary examples, you will be engaged in best practice design methodologies for building new sites, as well as appropriately scaling both growing and shrinking sites. Website development help has arrived in the form of Scalable Internet Architecture.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great primmer on scalability planning
This book is great, especially as a starting point to learning about scalability planning.It takes a fairly academic approach to all relevant subjects and can quickly get anyone caught up to speed.

I do recommend "The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources" as a follow-up for continuing your education in this subject and taking these skills to a more proactive plan/deploy method.

5-0 out of 5 stars Execlent for understanding the issues with scaling a web site
An excellent book on what the issues are with building web site that scale to large numbers of servers. Written more for a programmer than a systems administrator but not to heavy on the programming side to bog it down. It is really good about organizing the different aspects of scalability and explaining important concepts. For example the difference between caching static content and caching data used in generating a web page. An excellent read. not too long, not too much detail. It made me think about web sites and clustering in a new way

5-0 out of 5 stars Execllent for understanding the issues with scaling a web site
An excellent book on what the issues are with building web site that scale to large numbers of servers. Written more for a programmer than a systems administrator but not to heavy on the programming side to bog it down. It is really good about organizing the different aspects of scalability and explaining important concepts. For example the difference between caching static content and caching data used in generating a web page. An excellent read. not too long, not too much detail. It made me think about web sites and clustering in a new way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Towards automatic, self-managed operations
I bought this book on recommendations from others and I have to agree that it is fantastic. Don't let the 2006 publication date fool you into avoiding it for something more current. The advise given is based on real experience gained initially during the dot com era but it is as relevant today as then. The best part of the book is its advocacy and practical examples of the Spread group communications toolkit. Why solve a problem with a vendor's expensive high performance single point of failure solution when well knowledgeable use of internet infrastructure and peer to peer communication better solves it. Plus, you have a powerful tool to aid you moving further towards automatic, self-managed operations.

2-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read, a disappointing experience
First and foremost, chapter 10 should be an Appendix.This was a horrible ending to what seemed to be a promising discussion on horizontal scaling for any system/network engineer or astute systems engineer.

Clear and concise, then incoherent and grammatically challenged, this book requires constant read backs leaving the reader with a sense of a diminished level of reading comprehension.

Fortunately there are some very good real world discussions on horizontal scaling, distributed caching, and eliminating single points of failure in your design.

Unfortunately the book was a long documentary on the author's Spread utility/program/solution and the last chapter is dedicated to writing a module for Spread.Completely out of band with regards to actual high performance clustered environments where the author's solution is likely scarce in popularity.

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13. A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet: How to Connect with friends, find what you need, and stay safe online (American Girl Library)
by Sharon Cindrich, Ali Douglass
Paperback: 96 Pages (2009-09-01)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$5.47
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Asin: 1593695993
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Packed with tips, quizzes, and "What would you do?" scenarios, this book can help girls be smart--and safe--Internet users. Parents can find great advice for teaching girls what to do (and what not to do) on the Web: from e-mail and instant messaging to blogs and social networks. Includes journal pages for recording favorite Web sites. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good info if they are not teaching internet safety in your school
Very informative and smart book. A lot of the topics had already been covered by my daughter's computer class at school, but I know not all schools are covering these Internet Safety topics.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I bough this for my friend Steve.He is not the smartest when it comes to internet etiquette. It has helped him/her steer to the safe sites and out of harms's way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Smart Girls Guide to the Internet
I purchased this book for my granddaughter's 12th birthday and she was delighted with it and felt that it helped her become a smarter user of the internet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great advice for girls...without having to hear it from Mom & Dad
You're a parent and you want to keep your kids safe online...but you don't want to scare the daylights out of them. A Smart Girl's Guide is a great place to start, helping your daughter(s) understand more about how the Internet and technology work, why it's not smart to share personal information online, and how to get the most out of the Internet and technology. This book will help protect your kids without terrifying them about Internet predators (we parents worry about that enough) and gives girls smart, practical ways to handle themselves in situations ranging from how to cope with a cyber-bully to how to use the Internet for homework and research. Best of all, it reinforces the bond between child and parent, and gives parents a way to talk about these important issues in a way girls will respond and relate to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
Just what I needed for my 'tweens'.It's filled with useful information that even I can use.Great forchildren of all internet ages.Thanks American Girl for another fine book. You chose a great subject. ... Read more

14. Internet & World Wide Web: How to Program (4th Edition)
by Paul Deitel
Paperback: 1424 Pages (2007-09-20)
list price: US$129.80 -- used & new: US$79.44
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Asin: 0131752421
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Internet and World Wide Web How to Program, 4e  by market leading authors, Harvey M. Deitel and Paul J. Deitel introduces readers with little or no programming experience to the exciting world of Web-Based applications.  This book has been substantially revised to reflect today's Web 2.0 rich Internet application-development methodologies.  A comprehensive book that covers the fundamentals needed to program on the Internet, this book provides in-depth coverage of introductory programmming principles, various markup languages (XHTML, Dynamic HTML and XML), several scripting languages (JavaScript, PHP, Ruby/Ruby on Rails and Perl); AJAX, web services, Web Servers (IIS and Apache) and relational databases (MySQL/Apache Derby/Java DB) -- all the skills and tools needed to create dynamic Web-based applications.  The book contains comprehensive introductions to ASP.NET 2.0 and JavaServer Faces (JSF) and a new chapter on Adobe Flex 2.0.  Hundreds of live-code examples of real applications are throughout the book.  The examples are downloadable from the Deitel website once registered and logged in and allow readers to run the applications and see and hear the outputs.  The book provides instruction on building Ajax-enabled rich Internet applications that enhance the presentation of online content and give web applications the look and feel of desktop applications.  The chapter on Web 2.0 and Internet business exposes readers to a wide range of other topics associated with Web 2.0 applications and businesses  After mastering the material in this book, readers will be well prepared to build real-world, industrial strength, Web-based applications. For Internet and Web-based computer programmers, and others in organizations and businesses who need to develop their own Websites and pages.



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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Usefull book
Very detailed and is exactly what I needed for school. Would recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Internet " World Wide Web
So far this book is excellent technically , physically and excellent support from the deitel organization. They will give you prompt courteous service if needed.



5-0 out of 5 stars Fun!
This was a required book for a class on web-centric programming. I am really enjoying the programs! It starts at a very basic level of programming, and builds on each concept as you move through the book. Not only does the author introduce the controls and expressions, but they explain (sometimes in detail) why you would want to use one over another if similar options exist. I've taken quite a few courses on C++ programming, so coding in JavaScript was an easy transition.

3-0 out of 5 stars Used for Univ. Course
This book covers alot of topics and for someone who has previous background in programming, will it very informative with lots of examples. For me as a beginner in this field i found that examples sometimes assumed things i didnt know.Hence i found it a bit difficult to comprehend some concepts and put in to practise. My take is that for a beginner its best to have atleast a basic grasp of the technologies discussed in the book before dwelving in to this book. I am sure then it would be a very good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book about web programming
This is the second book I bought which is written by Deitel family (The last one is "Java how to program 7ed). Again it impress me because its good arranged contents as well as clear writings and rich examples. The print effect is also wonderful. I should say it is easier to read than other web programming ones. ... Read more

15. Internet Password Organizer
by Innovention Lab
Spiral-bound: 122 Pages (2007-11-21)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$19.99
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Asin: 0615164706
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The experts agree, creating a unique, difficult to guess, strong password and then writing it down and storing it in a secure place is the best way to protect your accounts from being compromised by hackers.

The Internet Password Organizer provides you with a single centralized location in which to store all your online account login information. Intuitively designed and carefully crafted to provide you with an experience that enables you, not overwhelms you. 5.5" x 8" pages allow you to write comfortably, not crammed; and spiral binding allows you to open the book flat so you can write the full width of each page. Reinforced laminate tabs keep your information organized and easy to retrieve so you spend less time searching and more time surfing!

So stop using post-it notes and loose scraps of paper to record your login credentials and get organized with the Internet Password Organizer today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top notch Internet Password Organizer
I am delighted with this organizer.I purchased it for my spouse, but will selfishly keep it for myself!

First, it has a nice hard cover and is spiral bound so it can be laid out flat.It has multiple pages for each letter of the alphabet.It has sealed alphabetical tabs so it is easy to find the site you are looking for in your book.The back of the book as special tabs for your own ISP info, home networking info, license manager, and even notes.

A quality piece for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love My Internet Password Organizer
This is the best book I have purchased for my Internet Passwords...the others I had were small and did not have enough pages or space to write in. This is such a fantastic product that I purchased 2 of them -- 1 stays by my desktop, and the other travels with my laptop. Suggestion: write in pencil rather than pen so if you have to change user name, password, etc., you don't have to take up more page space or cross out.

5-0 out of 5 stars PW Organizer
I recently purchased the Internet Password Organizer and it's exactly what I needed.The alphabetical tabs/listings make it much easier to find what I look for.There's only one thing I'd change: the size of the organizer is a bit bulky and larger than I'd like, but if this is what it takes to give me the organization I was looking for...I'll live with the size difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty great tool...
Had to chime in with my agreement with the other reviewers.This booklet does exactly what I needed it to do.I liked the larger area to write information in.Some websites, you need more info than just the user id and password.It also creates a nice visual spacing between entries.The print is nicely sized, not too tiny.It seems very sturdy and like it will last a very long time.It is a relief to not have my random paper scraps all over the place.

My only quibble is the size - like many, I would have preferred it a bit smaller. It's bigger than a mass-market paperback book.

And, though it probably would not matter to the motivated snooper, I like that the cover doesn't say "Password Organizer."I'd recommend this one - buy with confidence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is GREAT
This is such a handy thing to have.I bought it for my husband who had web sites/user names/passwords written on little pieces of paper in his desk drawer and took forever to find the one he needed.He transferred it all into this Organizer and it works terrific! ... Read more

16. Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms
by Douglas Downing Ph.D., Michael Covington Ph.D., Melody Maudlin Covington, Catherine Anne Covington
Paperback: 560 Pages (2009-04-01)
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Computer terminology is constantly expanding, and the brand-new edition of this dictionary has been updated to keep pace with the latest important innovations in computer science and technology. Emphasis is on helpful information for non-technical home computer users. The book presents more than 3,200 computer-related terms with clear and succinct definitions. Revised features include up-to-date information on Windows Vista, networking, data storage, video, computer security and ethics, and personal computer hardware. Tables, charts, graphs, photos, and line illustrations.Amazon.com Review
With 1,800 definitions and an abundance of Internet and onlineterms, this dictionary is perfect for new and intermediate computer users. The entries range from basic toadvanced computer terminology and include historical terms and software concepts. The reference evendefines and illustrates concepts and terminology for several graphics applications. This pocket-sizeddictionary is packed with illustrations, charts, and examples and the comprehensive cross-referencing and clearlanguage make it easy to use. Off-the-shelf software users will find this guide particularly useful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms
Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms
Thank you for the fast delivery.The dictionary was in excellent condition and most useful to me as a study reference for my exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Help Understanding Computerese
If only I had known about this gem of a book sooner!The Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms FINALLY gives me somewhere to turn
when I run into one of those words so frequently found in Computerese, the name that I use for the language of Computers.

Prior to finding this book, I spent countless hours trying to find out what a specific term or word meant.Suddenly...FTP instead of
saying something to me like "F indT his P uppy" magically became "F ile T ransfer P rotocol" in two blinks of an eye! Then, even
greater wonder of wonders....the Dictionary proceeds to explain what it is and how it is applied in everyday Computer Use!

There are over 500 fact packed pages in this Dictionary, making it the Rosetta Stone of Computerese! If you plan to continue to
associate yourself with the World of Computers, this book is a Welcome MUST!I recommend it highly!

Steven R. Porter

4-0 out of 5 stars a solid worth while source book
This is the latest in the Barron's Business Guide on Computer and Internet terms. It is up to date has has over 3200 key terms made easier to understand by diagram, pictures or examples (as in programming). There are some terms not covered for some reason such as the types of networks, only a generic reference that if you were looking up networks you would know anyway. I hope they correct this over-sight and add more network terms but otherwise a very useful and helpful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm faithful to this likewise faithful companion.
First off, I hope people see my review and that Amazon does something about the reviews connected to this publication.You will notice a couple reviews after mine that are recent enough, but most are from what I saw as far back as 1999 and more.This edition was released in April of 2009, and those reviews are complaining about omissions and typos. This most likely due to it previously smaller size.I have no idea.But I have never had a problem of accuracy with this series, however, it would be totally forgivable and acceptable with the plethora of information provided here.

I have been using computers in some capacity for over 20 years, and been online since the 90's. I got a job at the offices of the first Cybercafe which became a chain, so I all of a sudden needed to know everything about the internet. Luckily at time, not many knew about it at all. And the thorn of the internet's side, called AOL, was an unknown entity.But, AOL and all other types of providers sprung up rapidly all around us, and be it freezing Macs or PCs crashing with Windows 3, I had a lot to learn. Entered bookstore.Bought a ton of books.And have used only THIS one ever since. At that time, it was more like a little booklet to refer to in my pocket when I screwed something up etc.

Through the years, everything grew, including the content of this little book. It's still small at about 6" x 4", but this edition had to grow a bit more than the others since everyone and their grandmother is online now.It's very convenient, Easy to find quick info and refresh your memory etc.

I don't do books.Never have the patience.I learn by doing and referencing.I should mention that I left that office in the mid 90's and became self employed as a Webmaster, Designer, and grew in many computer type areas.I now focus on internet marketing and software, and still maintain many web sites.Did this little thing teach me?... of course not.But, it is a great backup for a short concise answer relating to anything connected to your computer.It's a great deal even at the list price.When a new edition comes out, I simply pass it down to a friend. The geek in me also fills stockings with them as it curbs the tech support calls from family members a bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better
I started buying Barron's Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms back in the 1990's when I just just learning about the internet.It was much thinner then but still a valuable resource.Now in their 10th edition it is still a must have.I have it within arms length at my workstation at all times.Since I've bought it there is only one obscure term that I did not find a reference to but that was a term particular to an individual program.Can't fault them for that. ... Read more

17. Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper
Paperback: 272 Pages (2009-03-26)
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The Third Edition of Conducting Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper provides readers with an accessible but in-depth look at how to synthesize research literature. Bestselling author Arlene Fink shows researchers how to justify the need for and significance of research, and explain a study’s findings.

Key Updates to the Third Edition

  • Presents nearly a hundred new online examples and references from the social, behavioral, and health sciences
  • Offers a revised and updated list of online articles databases
  • Includes case studies in the use of major online databases
  • Expands the exercises at the end of the chapter to include more online searching
  • Clarifies some of the basic concepts of research that are essential in making judgments about the quality of research methods
  • Incorporates more examples and clearer explanations of the differences between research design validity (internal and external) and measurement validity
  • Introduces the major formal systems for evaluating the literature’s methodological quality
  • Provides more qualitative research examples and information on how to evaluate their quality
  • Illustrates in greater detail how to write up reviews and how others have done it
  • Contains nearly 100 Power Point Slides linked to each of the five chapters available at www.fink3einstr to qualified instructors who adopt the book

The text also discusses the use of Boolean operators for simple and advanced searches, tells readers how to use bibliographic software to organize literature reviews and search "The Virtual File Cabinet.”

Intended Audience

This text is for graduate students in the social science, health, educational, and business fields. It is also appropriate for anyone who design and manage public and private agencies, conduct research studies, and/or prepare strategic plans and grant proposals.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful, well-organized, succinct
As part of my educational requirements, I was required to write a literature review. While I understood what that meant, the nuts and bolts of doing so was overwhelming to me. Thankfully, I found this title on Amazon. I found this book to be incredibly useful in writing my literature review. What seemed to be the most important factor was that this book lays out a step-by-step plan in writing the review, and what exactly must be done. Additionally, the book de-mystifies the idiosyncrasies of writing style when writing one of these. I firmly think that if I had not found this title, I would have had a much more difficult time writing my review. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars An informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature
Now in its second edition, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From The Internet To Paper is an informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature. Checklists, sample cases, exercises and more illustrate the intricate difficulties and useful methodologies for selecting questions that will make the review most effective, identifying the most appropriate databases, setting inclusion and exclusion criteria, conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews, and more. The second edition offers new features including tips for searching the web for research information, flow diagrams to aid the reader in applying each step of the review, new references and other online resources. A scholarly and extremely practical guide especially for students and professionals in need of a strict process to sift through the dross and find the hidden gold within the information highway.

5-0 out of 5 stars An informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature
Now in its second edition, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From The Internet To Paper is an informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature. Checklists, sample cases, exercises and more illustrate the intricate difficulties and useful methodologies for selecting questions that will make the review most effective, identifying the most appropriate databases, setting inclusion and exclusion criteria, conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews, and more. The second edition offers new features including tips for searching the web for research information, flow diagrams to aid the reader in applying each step of the review, new references and other online resources. A scholarly and extremely practical guide especially for students and professionals in need of a strict process to sift through the dross and find the hidden gold within the information highway.
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18. Internet Architecture and Innovation
by Barbara van Schewick
Hardcover: 560 Pages (2010-07-30)
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The Internet's remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation. New applications continually enable new ways of using the Internet, and new physical networking technologies increase the range of networks over which the Internet can run. Questions about the relationship between innovation and the Internet's architecture have shaped the debates over open access to broadband networks, network neutrality, nondiscriminatory network management, and future Internet architecture. In Internet Architecture and Innovation, Barbara van Schewick explores the economic consequences of Internet architecture, offering a detailed analysis of how it affects the economic environment for innovation.

Van Schewick describes the design principles on which the Internet's original architecture was based—modularity, layering, and the end-to-end arguments—and shows how they shaped the original architecture. She analyzes in detail how the original architecture affected innovation—in particular, the development of new applications—and how changing the architecture would affect this kind of innovation.

Van Schewick concludes that the original architecture of the Internet fostered application innovation. Current changes that deviate from the Internet's original design principles reduce the amount and quality of application innovation, limit users' ability to use the Internet as they see fit, and threaten the Internet's ability to realize its economic, social, cultural, and political potential. If left to themselves, network providers will continue to change the internal structure of the Internet in ways that are good for them but not necessarily for the rest of us. Government intervention may be needed to save the social benefits associated with the Internet's original design principles. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars whither net neutrality?
A good part of the book is devoted to the history and technical architecture of the internet.Light reference to the burning issue of net neutrality and extensive discussion of its surrogate "end-to-end arguments" of the narrow and broad types is puzzling.The internet is not end-to-end but based on hops, box 3.4, as stated on p. 384, so what is the big deal with end-to-end hop-less connectivity, except for real-time communication which was not part of the original design of the internet? This is the first time I learned that Salzer, Reed and Clark (1981) take credit for original "end-to-end" arguments (p. 58), overshadowing Vinton Cerf, Bob Kahn and Jon Postel who "invented" the Internet well before 1981. van Schewich ought to explain why she considers Salzer et al phrase "end-to-end" to be the catchphrase and linguistic keyword for the entire book, instead of relegating it to a mere historical artifact.

Ignoring the unnecessary exposition on the Application/ Transport/ Internet and Link layers, known to every Cisco technician, van Schewich deserves credit for building the next two sections of the book: Net Neutrality and competition, and Net Neutrality and innovation.van Schewich comprehensively surveys the literature of the internet + competition (Varian genre) and internet+innovation (von Hippel genre).The conclusions are predictably unpalatable to the financial health of Comcast and Verizon, that erosion of transparent "end-to-end" connectivity (net neutrality) would be anti-competitive and would stifle innovation.

1-0 out of 5 stars Confuses Architecture and Implementation
The principal problem with the book is the author's lack of understanding of the engineering process. Engineers, unlike law professors writing books about engineering, don't work from first principles like the Internet's retrospective end-to-end arguments principle; they make tradeoffs and design toward a goal or set of goals. Thus, when the Internet was built the project manager, Bob Kahn, adapted a design that had already been proved in the French research network CYCLADES rather than starting with a blank slate. CYCLADES designer Louis Pouzin went with an "architecture" that was appropriate for a research network, and not very suitable for an everyday network for unskilled people. The Internet has proved difficult to manage and expensive to operate because this research-centric design is still there. Security, privacy, viruses, spam, and denial of service attacks raise the price and lower the utility of the Internet, all a direct consequence of its organization.

The author is right that the Internet's organization makes it easy for some application programmers to bring new information services on-line, but wrong about the scope of the innovations it permits. Regardless of the system architecture, the services offered by a network constrain application developers. The telephone network is innovation-limiting because it's a slow, narrow-band system, not because it lacks end-to-end architecture. The end-to-end architecture is misleading in any case, as any network has an end-to-end element.

Because the Internet offers poor support for performance-intensive real-time applications (gaming, video conferencing, other forms of communication-oriented rather than content-oriented apps) the designers of these applications pay an innovation tax in the form of extra effort that effectively subsidizes content-oriented applications. They also end up bypassing most of the Internet through Content Delivery Networks and managed services. So the author is wrong regarding her claim that the Internet is the best of all possible networks from the innovator's perspective; it's good for some applications, but not for others.

If you must read this book for your job or a school assignment, wait for the Kindle version if you can (MIT Press says it will be three years from now;) it's just a bit tedious on paper.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books in tech policy in a decade
This is an important and brilliant book, which I consider required reading for anyone interested in or serious about the Internet or innovation.

I have written a review of this book on my blog ([...]) and on the Huffington Post.

As I say there, this book is one of the very few books in the field of Internet policy that is in the same league as Larry Lessig's Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0, in 2000, and Yochai Benkler's The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom, in 2006, in terms of its originality, depth, and importance to Internet policy and other disciplines. I expect the book to affect how people think about the Internet; about the interactions between law and technical architectures in all areas of law; about entrepreneurship in general. I also think her insights on innovation economics, which strike me as far more persuasive than lawyers' usual assumptions, should influence "law and economics" thinking for the better.

Books this good don't come along every day--or even every year-and I'm already late to the praise-party. Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig (the trail-blazing cyberlaw champion) recommended it in the New York Times this week; Susan Crawford (a law professor who served as a top White House advisor) recommended it in an op-ed in Salon/GigaOm yesterday; Brad Burnham, the venture capitalist who was featured earlier this week in the NYT's Room for Debate, also posted an endorsing review on his blog. MIT engineering professor David Reed (one of the key architects of the IP protocol, inventor of the UDP protocol) praises it on the book jacket.

It is not easy material--the Internet's technologies and how innovation actually evolves--but she writes for a general audience, not a technologist or lawyer, and you will learn a lot from, and be challenged by, the ideas in this book. ... Read more

19. Moonlighting on the Internet: 5 World-Class Experts Reveal Proven Ways to Make Extra Cash
by Yanik Silver
Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-11-21)
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Turn the Internet Into Your Money Machine

“Well-written, practical, useful, money-earning advice for anyone interested in using the internet to create an extra $500 to $5,000 a month. Yanik Silver, one of the internet's truly remarkable success stories, holds nothing back. Instead of lots of meaningless claptrap contained in most books about the internet, the author shares the inside secrets of what really works. And what doesn't.”-Ted Nicholas, author of Billion Dollar Marketing Secrets

“Moonlighting Online is a breath of fresh air. Yanik Silver doesn't claim you'll become a millionaire online, but he can show you 5 effective and simple ways to pull in a lot more money than you're earning now-and do it month after month. This is brilliant advice from a true professional. I strongly recommend this book.”-Joseph Sugarman, chairman, BluBlocker Corporation

“Forget all the hype and B.S. you see about making money on the internet-Yanik Silver has truly provided the easiest and most down-to-earth ways of legitimately socking away a little (or a lot of) extra 'life-changing' money each month online.”-Robert Scheinfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Busting Loose From The Money Game

“Imagine waking up every morning and finding orders waiting for you in your email box.While you were sleeping, customers from around the world were sending you money.I've been doing just that for over 12 years and Yanik Silver shows you how you cando it, too. It's a thrill every day.” -Melvin Powers, author of How to Get Rich in Mail Order

“If you want to get rich overnight, this isn't the book for you. If you want simple-to-use strategies for making an extra $500+ per month online with minimal effort, listen to Yanik. He is one of the few who truly knows how this works.”-Timothy Ferriss, New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Moonlighting on the Internet
I am completely new on what you can do on the internet, I just wanted to know if I could do anything to earn an extra income, boy is this an eye opener. This book is well written but it is going to require a lot of time and work to be successful and you will need to know all of the basics which this book gives you.I had wanted to know how to build a web site, I do not think I want to tackle that, I do wish I were smart enough, I will need a lot more training. I did not know about Public Domain, I do have a book that I have wished that could be updated and republished and I am going to investigate that possibility, I did not know that could be done. I would be the perfect person to do that, but require a lot of work on by part.I would highly recommend this book just for interesting reading on what can be done on the internet, you might find something that would interest you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wrote that he left his baby home alone for 16 hours
In the very first chapter he writes about how he leaves his 20 month old baby home alone from 7:30PM to 11AM so he and his wife Missy could stay out all night.
This is a horrible story, to leave your baby home alone for 16 hours so you can go play? These people should be in jail.
I couldnt read the rest of the book after that

1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best source of information
I bought this book about a year ago. Although I was familiar with the Internet, I had no clue about how to make money online. The book provided a broad, if shallow perspective of several ways to make money online. Since then, I have read several other books on the subject and I have learned a lot. If I compare those books with Moonlighting on the Internet, I will say that if you already have an idea about how to make money online, do not buy this book. Not only there are books with much more in depth information, but there is also free, very high quality information posted online, if you can find this. Yanik freely admit not to know much about the technical aspect in his book and still being successful. But unless you are willing to pay someone to do it, you will need to know at least some of the technical aspect too. The book makes it all look very easy and fast. It is not. It takes knowledge and dedication. The information in the book is basic and not nearly enough to make it all work.

After seeing all the rave reviews for the book, my impression is that those reviewers must be beginners in the ebusiness world. What became evident to me is that Yanik is a great motivator (salesman). He seems to know all the tricks for getting people energized and convinced of buying. For instance, the book offers a bonus in the form of online videos, supposedly worth $350. In sales there is something called perceived value. Bonuses add to perceived value and motivate people to buy. After I reviewed the online bonus, I was terrible disappointed. Those videos are worthless! But they served their function, and motivated me to buy the book. In my opinion, unless you do not know anything about making money online and want a general idea about how it is done, do not waste your money on this book. You can find much better sources of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Advice For Newbies
This book has a lot of good advice for people new to the possibilities of making money on the Internet.No complicated jargon; the author breaks everything down so that all can understand it.This book is also an idea generator.I was coming up with a lot of possibilities as I read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Well written book but do I trust the content?
I read the book. It is very inspiring especially when you see real life examples of people earning big money online. Unfortunatelly, I still cannot beleive that people are making that big money selling information online. Especially when I visited web sites mentionied in the book. They look like crap. I cannot imagine miself buying an information from such sites. And even more, some ofsites, that stated a highly profitable in the book are not functioning anymore. Why? If site is highly profitable why to shut it down?

So, the book is very inspiring but I feel Yanik just making more money on people like us who is buing such book with a lot of general information and stories that are hard to beleive. ... Read more

20. Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method
by Don A. Dillman, Jolene D. Smyth, Leah Melani Christian
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2008-10-12)
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A complete, start-to-finish guide for every researcher to successfully plan and conduct Internet, mail, and telephone surveys, Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, Third Edition presents a succinct review of survey research methods, equipping you to increase the validity and reliability, as well as response rates, of your surveys. Now thoroughly updated and revised with information about all aspects of survey research?grounded in the most current research?the new edition provides practical ?how-to? guidelines on optimally using the Internet, mail, and phone channels to your advantage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dissertation lifesaver!!!
I used Dillman's method to create a mail based survey for my doctoral dissertation.My return rate was 67% by the end of the study.This book does a fantastic job of explaining each step of the process, how to craft the tools, and why certain elements are important.The text is easy to read, the directions are clearly explained with an example for each step, and process is logically presented.I have several books about survey creation which I used in my study, but this was, by far, the most helpful.I credit Dillman's methodology for my fantastic return rate.I would highly recommend this text for anyone relying on surveys to gather information.

3-0 out of 5 stars Textbook for Class, Although I Didn't Use It Much
It might be possible to get the same information from other sources, such as the internet. This book's main claim is that it is specifically meant for Internet Surveys, but really what makes Internet surveys different from normal surveys is a fair amount of common sense. If you have to buy two textbooks on survey writing, I would consider only getting one, as two might be overkill.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of survey design and execution
If the survey world has a rock star, it's Don Dillman. In this tome, Dillman shares his wisdom with any and all willing to learn at his feet. What is particularly nice about this edition is that it changes with the times - extensive attention is paid to survey methods utilizing the possibilities offered by the internet.

Am I being melodramatic when I say that this book will make all of your survey dreams come true? Of course I am. It's a book on surveys, and yeah, some of the reading is dry. But in terms of the applicability of the lessons shared in the book, there's no better resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best reference and how to book for survey creation
Dillman has been the guru for survey design. This is his latest book which includes research and pointers on mail, telephone and internet surveys.The book is extremely well organized with many examples.

This is the reference and how-to book for anyone wanting to create a survey for a research project whether it be an opinion poll or academic research.

5-0 out of 5 stars I can actually understand it...
So many text books are so difficult to understand, but not this one!Easy and informative...a must read for anyone doing research! ... Read more

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