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Interesting sites, web servers, web clients, techniques, programming for the web.

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Despite the title, this is a very gentle book. It is a topical (and therefore almost automatically superficial) guide to information and resources in the online world. The coverage is broadly based, drawing from BBSes, commercial online systems, and the Internet. Unlike many other works in the same vein, this one is refreshingly free of arrogance and dogma. The major part of the book (Travel Tales) reads like a series of short magazine articles. The articles can't be exhaustive (nor can the list of topics), but both material and variety is well chosen. The entries are readable, and easy to take. An interesting feature is the glossary. There is no attempt to provide a tutorial for life online, but the glossary entries are at leas... Rest of this review on the detail page
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With distributions for both Unix and 32-bit Windows environments, the Apache Web server boasts reliability, security, and scalability--and it's free. Apache: The Definitive Guide shows Apache administrators how to perform their jobs, detailing the server through version 1.3. The authors--one of them a member of the Apache development team--begin with an academic discussion of what Web servers do before walking the reader through the process of installing Apache. Installation gets much attention--readers find out, step by step, how to set up a Web site (or several) under Apache, and how to set up Web site security and other preferences properly. The book also provides in-depth discussions of particular aspects of Apache operation, including ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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During its time on the Web, the AltaVista search engine has undergone several revisions and continues to evolve. Though it faces competition from a number of worthy competitors, it's fair to say that AltaVista ranks as the most feature-rich general-purpose Web search tool. This book helps you get the most out of AltaVista's power, using tables and examples to show you how to get what you need.The authors first explain how to do basic searches, then move on to more advanced searches with Boolean operators and AltaVista's special parameters. Chapters detail how to do such things as search Usenet newsgroups and how to translate hits into other languages. If, for instance, you want to limit a search to Australian pages, this guide details the p... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Gee, it's rather gratifying to find your name in the acknowledgements section, even if you had nothing to do with the book, can't find any contribution you made, and can't, in fact, find your name mentioned thereafter. (Judging by my friends in the list, I think our names were copied from the VIRUS-L FAQ.) The book is supposedly made up of recommendations from "a group of Internet experts" and "numbers of motivated, involved, smart people". But, as they say in the academic papers, the study was flawed. Godin sent out a request for people to send him stuff, so the study sample "self selected" for people who had nothing better to do. Quick reality check. Do we have RISKS? No. Oak? No. Net-happenings? No. alt.best.of.internet or... Rest of this review on the detail page
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I suppose it is faint praise, indeed, to say that a book is "no worse" than the others which are available. Richards' book is, though, no worse than any of the other "Business on the Internet" books I've reviewed, and no worse than (the first edition of) "The Canadian Internet Handbook" . It also has the three advantages of being shorter, cheaper, and having better cartoons and is, therefore, to be recommended over the above. All business guides to the Internet stress the need to know the community, and rightly so. This author betrays no more faux pas than others. Netizens will, however, note a lack of familiarity which shows up in many ways, including system-specific (and incorrect) references to Usenet newsgroups. A technical bac... Rest of this review on the detail page
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