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The Book on Networks: Everything you need to know about the Internet, Online Security and Cloud Computing

The Book on Networks: Everything you need to know about the Internet, Online Security and Cloud Computing [Kindle Edition]

Robin Fisher
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Our modern connected world depends on fast and efficient networks to operate. Without global data networks modern society would come to an abrupt halt. There would be no email, no internet access, no mobile phones and no financial services. Supply systems for utilities such as gas, electric and even water would cease to operate. Our world as we have become used to it would cease to function.

Networking has changed our political, economic and social landscapes, drastically redefining government and the rule of law while intimately reshaping our personal lives.

The pace of change continues to accelerate and if you don’t understand the fundamentals behind these changes you risk either being left behind or missing out on the new opportunities these changes afford.

This book contains all the information you need to know on networking, from its history, to the underlying technologies and technical theory explaining how it operates, to an in-depth look at cloud computing, online security, VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), wireless and mobile connectivity and much more.

This book also contains mini biographies of 12 of the leading figures in the history of networking, some of these stories are surprising and inspirational whilst others are far more tragic.

Winner of the ‘World Reading Day’ Non-Fiction book of the year, The Book on Networks is a must read for anyone who either works in Information Technology or has an interest in understanding the realities behind how our modern connected world works.

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  • Print Length: 147 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 19 April 2014
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I was not sure what to expect with this book and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This book will help you to understand how the modern connected world works. According to the author, understanding networking helps us to understand our identities. Without global data networks, society would come to a halt and sharing data and resources would be near impossible. It was nice to learn about the history of networks, that it was originally intended by the US government to sustain communications and data transfers even amid potential disruptions of phone and telegraphic lines in the event of nuclear warfare. The book was an eye opener as to how social networking took off as a tool to effectively organize against repressive state structures and how networking is forcing information age out of the hands of the media, IT corporations and government allies and turning it over into the hands of the ordinary people.
I learnt about technical terms like Mac address, IP address, logical/ physical, and port addresses, Voip etc. These are terms I had heard about but did not fully understand. You will learn a lot more from this book.
This is a good book which I highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book for me 18 April 2014
As a senior majoring in computer science, I wanted to be ahead of the curve. I found this book after a recommendation as a way to gain a better understanding of networks and in particular cloud computing, SAAS and HAAS. The Book on Networks was absolutely perfect for this. It's such a new thing (the cloud) that not many books have elaborated on it as thoroughly and as informatively as this book does.
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By c bond
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This is a very readable exploration of the internet and the impact it has made on our lives. Although it contains a reasonably high level of technical information, it does so in a way that is non Geekish/Nerd and hopefully would not put off casual readers. The strength of the book is the way it brings up to date the story of the internet with how it is used now, with the emphasis of Social Media and the current security concerns. It addressed the security issues/challenges in an non sensationalist way, but clearly identifies potential issues, and provides a common sense approach to tackling them...common sense being an important aspect missing from so many similar books. I would recommend that people read this book, so they can become more savvy when using the Internet, and realise the implication of what they are doing as they use it.

It is a book that will make people think for themselves. I will be making my teenage kids read this, as in my opinion this type of knowledge should be on the national curriculum. In summary well written, great content, and should be part of the National Curriculum
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5.0 out of 5 stars Computer Networking Runs Deeper Than You Think 18 April 2014
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When I read how so many thing in our daily lives rely on networks, I was a little surprised. I mean, so much we do is intricately interconnected, and it can be a double-edged sword in a way as well. In fact, you'll learn how computer networking started out as a government weapon against other countries that in recent years has been used by certain people against governments too.

Some of the technical terms and names might fly over your head and you'll have to go back and re-read those parts but, just like with anything new: you get accustomed to it. The Book on Networks helps with that by being an easy read regardless. The biographies of some of the entrepreneurs who helped shaped the modern technology age in recent years are some of my favorite parts, especially as an aspiring entrepreneur myself always looking for inspiration. I also enjoyed the bits of history, both past and present, threaded throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide 19 April 2014
By Meoshie - Published on
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When I first saw the name of this book, it really did intrigue me and I wanted to know what it had to offer. Can I say it outweighed my expectations? The Book on Networks by Robin Fisher is an excellent guide that literally anyone can read and understand.

Mr. Fisher spent quality time to explain networks and how it came into being. The whole history is outlined step by step. Networking is something that we do every day but most of us have no idea how it even came into being and how it had developed over the years to become what it is today. Robin gives us all this information in this amazing compilation.

This book can be used by high school students who are studying information technology, university students who are studying computer science and even those who are starting up a business and want to do a comprehensive reading on networks. The way things are in this modern era, it is very important for entrepreneurs to learn and understand network to the fullest, which will mean more interaction with customers, and in turn, steady growth.

I highly recommend this book to any and every one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting a Look At How Connected We REALLY Are 18 April 2014
By K.S. Puckett - Published on
It was a bit surprising (and a little scary, actually) to realize just how much everything in our daily lives has become interconnected, including banking! But I also find it slightly ironic to think that computer networking started off as a war weapon for governments, and now in recent years you have individuals using it to wage their own wars against governments.

If you're new to the technological side of all this, then much of the terminology at first glance might make your eyes glaze over. But that's unavoidable with anything unfamiliar, and the text itself is still easy to read and follow. I especially enjoyed the historical perspective (both past and current) provided throughout The Book on Networks, as well as the biographies of some of the innovators in recent decades.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid read 26 April 2014
By Thomas Mobius - Published on
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Do not be mistaken, this book is not only for IT geeks, it is rather 'mainstream' actually. Being a guy who loves the Internet and all the latest assorted gadgets (but not very well versed with the tech behind it!), I found this book an eye opener.

This is for anyone, beyond the usual IT enthusiasts and industry insiders, who are keen to get a deeper look into our inter-connected world. Strangely coincidental, I just finished watching that flick by Johnny Depp - 'Transcendence' and thought I could see some parallels behind the fact and the fiction in that movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful info indeed 20 April 2014
By Cristina Rosa - Published on
When I've stumbled upon 'The Book on Networks' I wasn't really sure what to expect... I love new technologies and I certainly do like to be informed about how things are working and that's why decided to get it. Robin Fisher does a great job explaining the whole concept without over-complicating it and makes it understandable to anyone. The history that he writes about is actually quite interesting and gives the reader a nice perspective and insight. I'd Highly Recommend the book to anyone and everyone!
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