Dave Barry In Cyberspace

Dave Barry In Cyberspace RELENTLESSLY FUNNY BARRY SHINES People A self professed computer geek who actually does Windows bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway

  • Title: Dave Barry In Cyberspace
  • Author: Dave Barry
  • ISBN: 9780517595756
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • RELENTLESSLY FUNNY BARRY SHINES People A self professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many fonts Inside you ll find juicy bytes RELENTLESSLY FUNNY BARRY SHINES People A self professed computer geek who actually does Windows 95, bestselling humorist Dave Barry takes us on a hilarious hard drive via the information superhighway and into the very heart of cyberspace, asking the provocative question If God had wanted us to be concise, why give us so many fonts Inside you ll find juicy bytes onHow to Buy and Set Up a Computer Step One Get ValiumNerdstock in the Desert Or Bill Gates Is ElvisSoftware Making Your Computer Come Alive So It Can Attack YouWord Processing How to Press an Enormous Number of Keys Without Ever Actually Writing AnythingSelected Web Sites, including Cursing in Swedish, Deformed Frog Pictures, and The Toilets of Melbourne, AustraliaAnd much, much VERY FUNNY After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of the book as a kind of screen saver for your brain New York Times Book Review

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    About “Dave Barry”

    1. Dave Barry

      Dave Barry is a humor columnist For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave s World, in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men s underpants with a Barbie doll.In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low flow toilets.Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he s funny.

    637 thoughts on “Dave Barry In Cyberspace”

    1. This is an old book. It is written from the perspective of Windows 95. It's still funny. And he makes it funny for all folks. Or, again, perhaps it's only funny to me because I used to do tech support and I understand him.For example, the chapter on computer terminology contains;Hardware: The part of the computer that quits working when you spill beer on it.Software: These are the programs that you put on the computer hard drive by sticking them through the little slot.

    2. Picked up Dave Barry in Cyberspace over the weekend at the used bookstore for Scott - ended up skimming thru it myself. Written in 1996, a good chunk of the material is a bit dated -- Microsoft's latest & greatest was Windows 95, the Internet and chat rooms were just starting to take off and COMDEX was still more or less the refuge of nerds, such as Mr. Barry. I didn't realize he had such a long history of being frustrated with computers! However, much of it is still applicable. His step-by- [...]

    3. Not my favorite Dave Barry book, but still very very funny. Amazing how he could just substitute "Windows 8" for "Windows 95" and effectively modernize the entire book. My favorite page was definitely the emoticons that he made up and named in typically hilarious fashion.

    4. 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; and the internet was shiny and new.Humor columist for the Miami Herald, [...]

    5. Although dated, as Dave Barry himself predicted, this book recalls some of the more delightful problems with buying, installing, choosing software, and getting on the internet in the early days. The humor is definitely LOL, which I did, much to my embarrassment, while reading it in public spots. I kept wanting to excuse myself by announcing, "Well, it's Dave Barry. What do you expect?" I am definitely going to have to do some internet research to see how many of the sites mentioned still exist, [...]

    6. I loved Dave Barry in middle and high school. Since that time, I've occasionally picked up one of his books, but they seem to have ever diminishing returns. This one in particular seems to miss the mark because it is so badly dated. It came out in 1996, making its computer tech humor irrelevent and sometimes almost unintelligable. The whole thing feels pretty paint by numbers.The one caveat is the story of the two people that meet online and possibly start a relationship, which has a surprising [...]

    7. I constantly smiled through funny man Dave Barry's trademark hyperbole and comic exaggerations of the complexity and futility of computers as well as the Internet. Some of the passages even made me laugh out loud. And Dave Barry's style is so light-hearted that I finished the book in a single day which is not something that I do very frequently. But what really stood out for me in this book, what made me bump up the rating of this book from 'good' to 'very good,' was an unexpectedly moving, hear [...]

    8. Don't mistake Dave Barry as someone who is only funny. He can be quite thought-provoking when he forgets himself. I found this book lying around a relative's house and gave it a look-see. I was belly-laughing by page two and couldn't put the book down. This is a fairly quick, light read. But since it's a book, not just a series of essays, Mr. Barry is able to expand into things like subplot and visual aids. Mr. Barry also crafts a story arc involving a Web-novice mother who finds herself inadver [...]

    9. Dave Barry's talent as a humor columnist does not generally adapt well to longer works, and this book is not an exception.I found a library giving it away for free, and picked it up to flip through casually, not intending to keep it. But one of the later chapters offered something I'd not seen Barry attempt before - fiction. And he did it well. Written in the era of Windows 95 and AOL dial-up, Barry told the story of a still-married middle-aged mother with a normal&boring life who eventually [...]

    10. As a child of the '90s, I was able to appreciate this. I remember Windows 95 and DOS. I remember the original SIM games. I remember getting through elementary school without using a computer at school…ever. So it was fun for me to read this collection of essays about word processing, the Internet and computers themselves.Obviously, this thing is dated. Folks with no memory of '90s technology should skip this completely. But for folks born circa 1987 (and earlier), there are lots of giggles to [...]

    11. FUNNY!!!! lolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololI liked this book. Dave Barry is a great humori [...]

    12. Most of the book was fluid, funny, and easy to read. Reading this today, I'm shocked by how much hasn't changed in the years between Comdex, Prodigy, Windows 95 and today.Near the end, he took a break from his usual humor style to tell a story about an online romance in the days when such a thing was met with confusion and derision. It really tugged at my heartstrings, and I'm glad he reprised it at the very end.This one's staying on my shelf for a while.

    13. Even with it being way out of date, I decided to give it a shot. I felt it would be a nice reminder of what it was like in the early days of home computing and the internet.Everything is so out of date, it is shocking. It almost seems absurd that things were that pathetic and difficult and slow. I guess to an extent it was nice to explore some memories of the technology of my youth, but it just does not hold up today at all.

    14. In 2011, a 1996 book about computers and the Internet is dated in ways his other books aren't, which he sort of anticipates when he writes that its information "would be of immense practical value if not for the fact that it all became obsolete minutes after I wrote it." That said, this remains funny, many of his observations hold true and his surprise short story (!) about chat rooms is a successful stretch.

    15. I really tried this one, cause I mean, it's Dave Barry! However, it was written in 1996, and sorry, but it just doesn't hold up in today's world. "Cyberspace" has become so much more, and I'm sure it was funny back then, but I would love to see his version of this book today. Sadly, I'm going to let myself put this one down. I'm sure I'll find another Dave Barry that I won't be able to put down.

    16. Even though most of the chapters didn't do anything for me (I only laughed out loud once, which is very unusual for me when I'm reading a Dave Barry book), I'd still recommend this, if only because the story about MsPtato and RayAdverb was Dave Barry as I have never seen him before. Otherwise, it's meh. If not for that chapter, I'd tell people to skip it (which is BLASPHEMY as far as me and my boy Dave Barry are concerned. Sigh).

    17. I've read this one before, but not since the late 90s, so this is a re-read for me.I always forget just how funny Dave Barry really is until I read him again. Seriously, I was already laughing just reading the table of contents. And just like another author I adore, Mary Roach, he really knows how to make use of footnotes!

    18. Although in some ways this book is hopelessly out of date (he talks about modems and Windows 95), in other ways (computers are still obsolete almost immediately) it's still relevant. And, obviously, still really funny. This also contains the famous semi-fictional scene of his romance with his current wife.

    19. Dave Barry is always a fun read, and this book was a little more entertaining than most that he's written, solely because of the outdated-ness of the content. This book was written in 1996, and it's great to hear him talk about the 'World Wide Web' and AOL and all sorts of other terminology that was wildly relevant at the time and has now been outdated for over a decade.

    20. [October 5, 1996] It's been a long time since I read something this funny. I guess being as familiar with Dave Barry's subject matter as I am, and being a long-time anti-fan of Bill Gates, Dave was bound to tickle my funny bone. My fellow passengers on the plane must have wondered what I had been smoking.

    21. this might have been funny when it was written but to read a book where Windows 95 is the newest in Computer technology just doesn't work. And I normally love Dave Barry--I think it stands to reason, though, that I wouldn't use a 1995 computer anymore, so I probably won't laugh at a nearly 20 year old joke about them!

    22. I was very disappointed in the previous Dave Barry book, so I went into this one with a little trepidation, but it was the humorous writer at his finest. The late chapter about two people meeting in a chat room was a little odd, but not unrealistic. (And this book was written many years ago, so don't expect much on social media and texting.)But overall a funny little distraction.

    23. "Anybody here from Texas?"Dave Barry is a very funny man. To my mind, this is one of the funniest books he's ever written. It's even better if you still have a feel for what using a computer was like ten years ago, but it definitely still holds up.

    24. I couldn't stop laughing throughout this entire book -- it was like the Erma Bombeck of modern technology (modern in at least 1996, which scarily enough, while technology has advanced since then, many aspects have stayed the same).

    25. This book was quite dated by the time I read it. It was mostly about the early days of computers and going online when you had to dial up and use AOL or Prodigy. It was funny but I expected it to be longer.

    26. Interesting book. Especially after the development of computer and the internet, it's good to see how things were when the internet was first starting (i.e. dial up, AOL). Definitely got a kick out of reading this book.

    27. A little dated, and I spent a lot of time rereading the page looking for where the footnote jokes referred to. I guess I skip over superscript numbers when I read. Still it's a pretty good reminder of what AOL chat rooms were like. Also lots of booger jokes. Most of them funny.

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