Getting Connected: The Internet at 56K and Up
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Getting Connected: The Internet at 56K and Up;
by Kevin Dowd; O'Reilly & Associates Inc.; ISBN:
1-56592-154-2; paperback, 410 pages, US$29.95 Can$42.95
Reviewer: Luis Henriques, "As a six month, self-taught
ISP network administrator, I have personally benefited
from this book. I discovered, in detail, how and why my
computer network was designed."
Connect to the Internet at 56Kbits/sec, or higher.
Are ready to save yourself precious time, money, not to
mention the frustration encountered when attempting to
configure complex network environments for attachment
to the Internet? There has never been a book so complete
and "simple" on the subject.
Walk into the office of any network administrator, and you
will see thick bible-like books containing information on
network operating systems, router configuration, server
application software, network security, network protocols
and hardware installation (to name a few). Don't be surprised
if you find this book at close reach.
Kevin Dowd has written a book that probes into those detailed
networking subjects and extracts the most useful and relevant
information pertaining to the topic. This information is revealed
to the reader in easy to comprehend terms.
The structure is modular like, allowing reading from cover to
cover or as reference material. Either way, it offers detailed
step by step and by example solutions, granting this paperback
an high rating in your computer book library.
The author takes the reader by the hand beginning with
planning, and budgeting for a high speed Internet link. He
makes us aware of time restrictions involved, teaches the
tricks, and saves us much grief in the long run. The rich content
ensures that the readerís expectations are met by opening
our eyes to how the technology works and why our solution is
unique and requires careful planning.
Two important points must be noted: First; the book is not
aimed at the user without first hand network management
experience. The author assumes the reader lacks experience,
but possesses an affinity for things technical. He also notes
that experience in PC LANs or software development will
lighten the load.
Second; in the latter chapters aiding the setup of Internet
services, the author tends to focus on UNIX based solutions,
rather than Windows NT, Netware or other less configurable
Internet networking OS's.
As a six month, self-taught ISP network administrator, I have
personally benefited from this book. I discovered, in detail,
how and why my computer network was designed. I
appreciate the deep knowledge passed on to me in its
clear concise manner.
Ten books in one, to the point and useful information every
Internet network administrator or connecting their computer
LAN/WAN to the Internet, should have at their side.
To the author a standing ovation. Bravo!
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