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Essential Internet

by Sean Geer (Economists Books / Bloomberg Press)

Essential Internet
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The bursting of the dotcom bubble may have caused the investment world to turn its back on the internet. But in every other way, this extraordinary medium continues to grow, both physically and conceptually.

Every day it sprouts fresh new tendrils as consumer demand for internet connections continues to rise. It is reaching more kinds of people in more kinds of places - through websites numbered in tens of millions and web pages in multiple billions. All that has really changed is the perception of what the internet is actually for, and where it might lead us next.

Following an introduction on the huge differences the Internet has made to modern day life, the bulk of the book contains a much-expanded A-Z with several hundred entries that explain the essentials of the Internet - as well as some of its more quirky and inconsequential aspects.

Entries include ActiveX , ADSL, Arpanet, B2B, B2C, Backbone, Cookie, Copyleft, Cracker, Cybrarian,, Digerati, Drop-dialling, Emoticon, Encyption, Firewall, Flame, Frame relay, Groupware, HTML, Hypertext, Infomediary, ISDN, Java, Jini, Linkrot, Lurker, Moore's Law, Multicasting, Object oriented, Open source, Packet, PANS, PGP, Ping, Quicktime, Remailer, Router, RSA, Source code, Stickiness, TAG, Thin client, Tiger team, Unix, URL, Uuencode, Viewser, Vortal, Warez, Web ring, XML, Yahoo! and Zmodem.

Also included as appendices are: A brief history of the Internet, and hundreds of recommended web sites.

-Lucas Everidge

Edition: Paperback, 288 pages

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