By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young and Arnold Reinhold.
March 1997, 210 pages, US$12.99. C$17.99, £11.99,
The most important thing about the Internet for Dummies Quick Reference,
3rd edition, is its amazing plastic ring binding. At last, an Internet
that'll lay flat on your desk. Other books about the Internet have plenty
of useful info, but you have to learn to type with one hand while holding
them open with the other. This can seriously increase your stress level and
has actually been shown to increase bad cholesterol levels in laboratory
rats by 20 points.
Ok, our content is pretty good too. We've crammed a lot of information into
210 pages, trying to explain the stuff you really need to know and leaving
out the gobbledygook. We write for you, someone who wants to use and enjoy
the Internet, not to become an expert in arcane computer jargon.
The material is carefully organized and well indexed and features an
extensive Glossary. We do our best to write clearly and the hard-nosed
editors at IDG nail us on every ambiguity. You will have to put up with our
warped sense of humor, tho.
We think this is the perfect book to take along in your Road Warrior Kit
along with your Internet-equipped laptop. The book is small, light and
thorough, and the lay flat binding is perfect for airline tray tables.
Take a few extras to give to friends and business contacts as well.
- Our publisher is pretty good about correcting errors each time they
reprint the book, so in your copy many of these corrections may already
have been made.
- Author's Acknowledgments: Second paragraph, third sentence: remove the
period from the end of the "firstname.lastname@example.org" e-mail address.
- Also change addresses from "email@example.com" to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and
from "http://net.dummies.net" to "http://net.gurus.com"
- Page 2, last sentence:
Change "include telnet and ftp." to "include finger, ftp, gopher and telnet."
- Page 3, add to end of last paragraph:
"(We tell you about Internet addresses in Part III and URLs in Part VI.)"
- Page 12: middle section: change:
"plan on upgrading to Mac OS System 7.5 or 7.6" to
"plan on upgrading to Mac OS System 7.6.1 or System 8"
- Page 16: 11th table entry: Change "33.5" to "33.6"
Next entry (x2):
add "or 56 Kbps" after 56,000 bps,
delete word "Recommended"
Last entry (V.120) Replace entire entry with
K56flex 56,000 bps or 56 Kbps Rockwell technology, similar to x2,
but they are not compatible, yet.
- Page 19:: first paragraph after Set-top boxes, change "$200" to "$300"
last paragraph after Set-top boxes, add "strongly" before "recommend getting a keyboard..."
- Page 34: Table of Organizational zone names:
There is a new plan to add in mid-1997 seven additional zones or top-level
domain names to those already in use. The new zone names will be:
- for businesses
- for businesses offering goods to purchase
- for organizations emphasizing activities related to the World Wide Web
- for organizations emphasizing cultural and entertainment activities
- for organizations emphasizing recreation and entertainment activities
- for organizations providing information services
- for those wishing individual or personal names
- Page 36: URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, not Universal.
- Page 44: in item 1 under "Sending New Mail", Ctrl+M should be Ctrl+N.
- Page 58: change head to: "Using Microsoft Internet Mail"
- Page 63: change UK table entry to "for United Kingdom"
- Page 112: Add Icon Tip at last paragraph: "If you clicked..."
- Page 130 bottom: The new 1996 edition of CIA world fact book just came
out. It replaced the 1995 edition we listed. The 1996 Fact Book's URL is:
- Page 138: last sentence: change "can become" to "might be"
- Page 159: 3rd paragraph "Some people..." add Icon Weirdness
- Page 170:
next to last paragraph change reference to "Chapter 18 of E-mail for Dummies,
2nd Edition ..."
- Page 177: line above head "HTML editors":
change "poorly maintained and complex page" to "poorly maintained complex page"
- Page 180: Add to end:
"There is also an excellent compendium of HTML elements by Ron Woodall at
- Page 183: third and fourth paragraphs,
both starting "If you are...", should be bullets
- Page 184: next to last paragraph: change "fingers" a special text file to
"fingers" your account in a special text file
- Page 185: ``Organizational'' is spelled wrong.