The Internet for Dummies Quick Reference, 3rd edition

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By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young and Arnold Reinhold.
March 1997, 210 pages, US$12.99. C$17.99, £11.99, ISBN 0-7645-0110-0.

The most important thing about the Internet for Dummies Quick Reference, 3rd edition, is its amazing plastic ring binding. At last, an Internet reference 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 "" e-mail address.
  • Also change addresses from "" to "" and from "" to ""
  • 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.

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