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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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Valerie Quercia has packed a phenomenal amount of information into one modest-sized volume. While Internet in a Nutshell, doesn't even attempt to tell you everything there is to know about the Internet, it does provide a guide to finding just about anything on the Net. In just eight well-organized and concise sections, Quercia takes you through information that would otherwise take up half a bookshelf. The first part, on getting oriented, provides a quick overview of the online world. Specifics begin in part 2, which discusses how to use Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Additionally, this section covers guides to add-on programs, tips on file management, and quick references to commands and shortcuts. The five chapters o... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The cover describes this as "the official book of the Public Television presentation, 'The Internet Show'". It is a kind of "computer literacy" level introduction to the Internet, with lots of pictures and lots of white space, and not much text. (Some of the pictures and sidebar comments will make little sense unless you have seen the show.) Within the limits of the space allowed, the text is clear and readable. Explanations of what the Internet is, and what you can do with it, are good, but very short on "how". NetManage's Chameleon software for Windows is provided with the book, and a set of "Instant Internet" providers who have agreed to handle billing for both software and service. Unfortunately, a) this is only good in areas o... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Covers over 30 protocols, including new and forthcoming ones. Describes packet and message formats for the most popular protocols. Is easily accessed and cross-referenced; you'll quickly find exactly what you're looking for. Contains a guide for those confusing error messages that stump you. Reveals the Internet standard process from initial proposal of a protocol to its acceptance as an Internet standard.
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For those users of CompuServe, Prodigy, and America Online, this might be a handy book since it tells you how to use archie, WAIS and ftp from those systems. Didn't know CompuServe had archie? Of course it doesn't. The book tells you how to use it via email. However, other books also tell you how to use various resources via email, and it isn't too hard to figure out, once you know how to address email to an Internet site. The two chapters of part one, "An Internet Overview", are very solidly written. I would suggest it would be a valuable exercise for many Internet trainers (and not a few Internet guide authors) to read and note the many good points therein. Part two looks at Internet access via CompuServe, Prodigy, America Onlin... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This latest release of Interconnections is a competent update of a networking classic. Radia Perlman explains hundreds of details about getting computers--and computer networks--to talk to one another smoothly, accurately, and efficiently. Perlman, inventor of the spanning-tree bridging algorithm, covers the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model, bridges, switches, hubs, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), plus connection-based and connectionless networks. She also does a great job of explaining the underpinnings of internetworking protocols, including packet format, addressing, routing (both generically and in terms of RIP, RTMP, OSPF, and other protocols), and security. There's plenty of IPv6 information here, mostly from a the... Rest of this review on the detail page
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