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<pre>Author/s : Wallace Wang
Publisher : No Starch Press
Category : Other
Review by : Salman Halim
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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This is the third edition of a book that tells the reader about the innercity part of the Internet -- things the casual surfer doesn't know about.
The book is fun. However, the first thing I noticed was the sans serif font: SO much harder to read! After I got over that, I started to enjoy the book. Many topics are covered in this book and resources provided for each topic, which brings me to some issues I had with the information provided:
The book describes how Internet filters used by certain countries (or employers) can be circumvented. However, there is no warning against potential consequences if one is caught: these nations typically aren't the sort to merely slap your wrist, after all! A bit more responsibility, please; someone who gets fired for bypassing their employer's filter might sue the author for not warning them this could happen.
Furthermore, it's one thing to tell people that the Internet can be used to download pirated software and songs; it's QUITE another to teach them HOW! People shouldn't be taught how to do things that are illegal.
It should be noted that the breadth of information in this book sacrifices some depth -- people who have been geeks for a while may find a lot of the information to be simply commonsense and a number of resources to be things they already knew. However, there was something in almost every chapter that was new to me and was informative.


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