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5.0 out of 5 starsDave nails the computer age
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2017
My hero, Dave Barry, does it again. There are probably very few young people today who are uncomfortable with rapidly-unfolding technology----but for those of us who sometimes long for the days when the most complicated piece of equipment on your desk was an adding machine that plugged into the wall, this book is as identifiable as it is hysterical. highly recommended!
The funniest book I've ever read. It is his innocent approach and strategically injected misinformation that is absurdly funny and succeeds at taking nothing at all seriously. His "rug pull" writing gags are classic and I always get a laugh when I read this book aloud to friends. After a few hours of hysteria our faces and stomachs hurt so much that we have to take breaks. I have nothing but warm feelings for this book and when I lost my copy I purchased it again, and again. I've read it at least 10 times. It is the PERFECT gift for anyone that knows anything about computers, or remembers just how bad and "lacking in standards" we were just a decade ago. It is amazing what we all put up with. One more thing: The last chapter was an unexpected romantic knockout genre change that blew me away. Dave really gets it and he really knows how to write.
I read this many years ago when a relative gave it to me after surgery. I laugh so hard I thought is in full the stitches
Even now with new operating systems and a much changed computing environment, much of what Dave writes about absolutely deflates intellectual fluff. For example, I copied the first page of one chapter on how to install a computer. The first instruction is "find Valium" and I gave this to a friend who was – – guess what – – installing computer. Talk about laughing out loud
I might have to find some Valium for myself before I attempt to install Windows 8
3.0 out of 5 starsNot Dave's funniest -- but still great.
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2000
Let me start by saying that I love Dave Barry's work -- I've been reading everything he's written since the early-'80's, always with great anticipation. With that said, I regret to report that this book is merely OKAY. Of course it was funny (how could Dave Barry not be?!), but I only found maybe two or three rolling-on-the-ground-laughing parts. So, if you're a fan of his, or if you have an interest in computers, you should definitely read it. Just don't expect as much side-splitting as other reviewers have claimed. For laugh-out-loud-til-you-wet-yourself Dave Barry humor, I recommend any collection of his weekly columns, and also *Dave Barry Slept Here*.
5.0 out of 5 starsDave Barry has a great sense of sarcastic humor
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
Dave Barry has a great sense of sarcastic humor. He can laugh about the ridiculousness that humans have created. He is a nut but a great nut and In Cyberspace kept me laughing so much so that my husband wanted me to read parts of the book to him since he is not a reader but he too thought Dave Barry is a HOOT!
I originally owned this book more than a decade ago, and recently felt moved to repurchase it, recalling it being hysterical. Some of it has not aged well (e.g. he has a chapter about Comdex, which has ceased to be for the last six years, Windows 95 is the latest software), but certain things have; computers breaking down for no apparent reason, internet lingo, and an insightful look into internet affairs via a clever vignette. If you're a Dave Barry fan, or you can catch a good deal on it, go for it.
Okay, so this is not your normal computer book. In fact, take everything you know about computer books and throw it out the window because Dave Barry certainly did. This book is a humorous look at the booming computer age - written back in 1996. Windows 95 was the hot hot hot operating system; AOL was one of the top internet service provider - and you would be ridiculed for being an AOL newb if your ip address ended in aol.com; and the internet was shiny and new.
Humor columist for the Miami Herald, Dave Barry has lent his skewed, sometimes questionable sense of humor to a variety of topics - everything from home renovations to raising children to Binky the Polar Bear in the Anchorage Zoo - and this book is no exception. His satrical view of the computer industry and how much they looooooove to take your money is spot on - without being a complaint, he accurately describes just how quickly the computer market was changing then.
He also delves into the mysterious world of the Internet and the World Wide Web - virtuely unknown frontiers for most people back in 1996. He takes a look at different off-beat websites he researched; internet acronyms and their meanings; and the world of emoticons (like the person who isn't happy to be giving birth to a squirrel). And, because it wouldn't be Dave Barry without him touching upon, he also takes you into the world of a fictional cyber-relationship - complete with all of the emotion and insanity you feel when caught up in one of those.
I highly recommend this book to everyone - even if you're not a big computer geek. It's a funny look at an everyday object you probably don't even give much thought about until it is broken (like HARDWARE being the part of the computer that doesn't work after you spill beer on it.)
As Homer Simpson says in one episode: "It's funny because it's true!" That's exactly what puts it straight when talking about Dave Barry's book. As a computer expert and software engineer I've first read it in the German translation around 1998 and I laughed my head off back then. Now, in the wonderful year 2013 I remembered that book and somehow felt like I should buy the English original. And what can I say? It's fantastic! It's even miles and miles better than the German translation - which, do doubt, is good, but for whatever reason leaves out some hilarious parts and paragraphs. And amazingly Dave Barry's book is still up to date. The computer world may have changed, but the weird problems and crazy trouble with those "not so magical" machines is the same now and then.
Recommendable to everyone who has at least a tiny bit of experience with computers. Trust me, you'll laugh yourself to tears!