Dave Barry in Cyberspace

By Dave Barry


A self-professed machine geek who really does home windows ninety five, bestselling slapstick comedian Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious harddisk through the data superhighway--and into the very middle of our on-line world, asking the provocative query: If God had sought after us to be concise, why supply us such a lot of fonts?

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How to shop for and arrange a working laptop or computer; the first step: Get Valium
Nerdstock within the wasteland; Or: invoice Gates Is Elvis
Software: Making Your computing device Come Alive So it will probably assault You
Word Processing: the best way to Press a major variety of Keys with no Ever truly Writing Anything
Selected sites, together with Cursing in Swedish, Deformed Frog photographs, and The bogs of Melbourne, Australia
And a lot, a lot more!

"VERY humorous . . . After an afternoon spent gazing a working laptop or computer visual display unit, ponder the e-book as a type of monitor saver to your brain."
--New York occasions ebook evaluation

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