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Internet Annoyances Preston Gralla
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN:0-596-00735-3
256 pages
£ 17.50
Published: 4th February 2005
reviewed by John Collins
   in the June 2005 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

This book is a collection of ``FAQ'' style questions and answers to various ``annoyances'' readers will have dealing the Internet.

Sections of the book deal with Email (including Spam of course), connections, wireless connections, web hosting and blogs, browser, dealing AOL, Instant Messenger, Search engines, Security (including viruses) and on-line shopping and auctions.

As will be obvious, it is very heavily Microsoft oriented, and over 50% of the book assumes you are using Windows. A different 30% of the book assumes you live in the USA, listing ISPs and helpline numbers in the USA and prices of things in dollars.

If you're not using Microsoft, and you're not using Internet Explorer and standard email clients on Microsoft, this book will not be a great deal of use to you. The author is some sort of Microsoft guru and the very scant references to other operating systems are a little disparaging.

Some readers may disagree with some of the advice given in places. For example complaining that too many people are visiting your website and doing things about it is unlikely to be a high priority for most people who usually want the opposite.

It's hard to feel anyone reading the sections on eBay and Paypal will want to use their services with the references in the book to sites like paypalsucks.com and class legal actions. Amazon doesn't get much more favourable a treatment.

I don't think readers of the UKUUG newsletter will want this book because of the ``UK'' and the ``U'' before the ``UG'' myself!

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