Synopses & Reviews
What began as an intrepid U.S. Government initiative in the early 1970's has turned into a global way of life. Indeed, with more than 500 million current users (and counting), the Internet has revolutionized the way societies function the world over. From dating and shopping online, to conducting informational research, to communicating via email, today seemingly everyone uses the Internet for one purpose or another. How, then, can something so vast and powerful be defiled by something as trivial as spam? It's true. The fact remains that despite the leading-edge technological sophistication fueling the Net, there are still many related annoyances that complicate and tarnish the Internet experience. And it doesn't matter if you're a homemaker in search of a fresh chicken recipe, or a civil engineer researching plans for a new skyscraper, the problems are the same. Internet Annoyances understands the universal nature of the Internet and strives to make its use as stress-free as possible. This insightful guide shows you how to overcome the most annoying Internet-related quirks, bugs, and hassles. You'll learn how to make a seamless connection, thwart would-be hackers, ensure greater security while surfing, eliminate pop-up ads, maximize online services, conduct more effective Google searches, better utilize digital media (music and video), and much more. In addition, Internet Annoyances discusses how to design and host a personal web site something once thought of as only possible for the technically gifted. Topics like blogs, domain names, setup, HTML, fonts, and graphics and are all dissected and analyzed for easy consumption. Unlike other books on the subject, Internet Annoyances assumes readers already possess a working knowledge of the Internet. By fully recognizing the experience level of today's Internet culture, author Preston Galla is able to cut immediately to the chase and not waste time on the more obvious points. Internet Annoyances, therefore, is a quick read that presents succinct solutions for the many glitches that still populate the Internet experience.
This insightful guide explains how to overcome the Internet's most annoying quirks, bugs, and hassles. Readers will learn how to thwart hackers, ensure greater security, eliminate pop-ups, maximize online services, conduct effective searches, and much more.
About the Author
Preston Gralla is the author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, the Windows Vista Pocket Reference, and is the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com . He is also the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written more than 30 other books. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Introduction; WHY WRITE INTERNET ANNOYANCES?; HAVE AN ANNOYANCE?; HOW TO USE THIS BOOK; CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS BOOK; O'REILLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; Chapter 1: Email and Spam Annoyances; 1.1 GENERAL EMAIL ANNOYANCES; 1.2 SPAM; 1.3 OUTLOOK 2003 AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS 6; 1.4 GMAIL; 1.5 EUDORA 6; Chapter 2: Making the Connection Annoyances; 2.1 GENERAL CONNECTION ANNOYANCES; 2.2 BROADBAND: CABLE AND DSL CONNECTIONS; 2.3 ROUTERS AND HOME NETWORKS; Chapter 3: Wireless Annoyances; 3.1 HOME WIRELESS NETWORKS AND ROUTERS; 3.2 CELL PHONES AND THE NET; 3.3 WIFI SECURITY; 3.4 HOTSPOTS; Chapter 4: Web Hosting, Design, and Blog Annoyances; 4.1 DOMAIN AND HOSTING HASSLES; 4.2 DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE HELP; 4.3 BLOGGING; Chapter 5: Browser Annoyances; 5.1 POP-UPS, ADS, AND FLASH; 5.2 FAVORITES AND BOOKMARKS; 5.3 WORKING THE INTERFACE; 5.4 SPEEDUPS AND SHORTCUTS; 5.5 COOKIES; Chapter 6: AOL Annoyances; 6.1 GENERAL AOL ANNOYANCES; 6.2 EMAIL; Chapter 7: Im Annoyances; 7.1 GENERAL INSTANT MESSAGING ANNOYANCES; 7.2 AOL INSTANT MESSENGER (AIM); 7.3 WINDOWS MESSENGER; 7.4 YAHOO! MESSENGER; 7.5 ICQ; Chapter 8: Searching Annoyances; 8.1 GENERAL SEARCH ANNOYANCES; 8.2 GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW; 8.3 GOOGLE; 8.4 AMAZON; 8.5 EBAY; 8.6 YAHOO!; Chapter 9: Security Annoyances; 9.1 GENERAL SECURITY ANNOYANCES; 9.2 SPYWARE; 9.3 TROJANS, WORMS, AND VIRUSES; 9.4 FIREWALLS; Chapter 10: Shopping and Auction Annoyances; 10.1 GENERAL SHOPPING ANNOYANCES; 10.2 EBAY ANNOYANCES; 10.3 AMAZON ANNOYANCES; Colophon;