The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'More Internet for Dummies':
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
This is a companion book for the earlier "Internet for Dummies" . I would recommend this if you have the earlier book and:
- want to know more technical details about the Internet. Chapters two and
three talk about packet switching, SLIP, congestion, and error control.
However, as noted previously, the technical material does not fit well with the
facetious style. You may wish to look at Comer's "The Internet Book" (see reviews
) or Wiggins' "The Internet for Everyone" (see reviews
- want more information on getting Internet access. Part two looks at
options for access, and some of the common vendor types. Chapter four is an
excellent overview of the possible types of access, the pros and cons of the
various types, and some of the necessary concepts. One chapter looks at the
usual environment of UNIX-based access providers; two more look at Delphi and
AOL. I generally question the value of works discussing "how to" on the menu-
and graphical-based commercial services, but the material here is better than
most, with added comment and analysis.
- want to directly network a Windows machine. Part three has the most
detailed coverage of SLIP (Serial Link Internet Protocol) access of any I have
reviewed to date. There is also a quick run-through of specific Windows direct
access programs; WS-FTP, Win QVT/NET, Endora, Trumpet, HGopher, WINWAIS and
Mosaic. There are certain points where you may get into trouble just as the
book wings into another topic, but this will get you further than anything else
I've seen yet.
Part four is a miscellany of information. Probably the most useful parts are
chapters sixteen and seventeen, with random but important tips on all kinds of
If you do not have the first "Internet for Dummies", you would not, generally,
want this. For specific Internet applications and information, there are
extensive references back to the earlier book. The major exception would be
those who, having Internet access and being confident in its use already, want
to add direct Internet (SLIP) access to a Windows computer.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994
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