Nick Moraitis is the 16-year-old president and founder of the Teenage Computer Network, the Internet''s leading user organisation for 12-20 year-olds. With this book, he presents a teenager''s guide to the Internet.'
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An Internet book for people like me.
Hi Everyone! My name is Nick Moraitis. This is my first real chance to talk to you, my Amazon.co.uk readers, and I just thought I'd say a quick hello before I got into the hard sell :)
So what can I tell you about myself? In 1999, I'm doing my second last year of high school near Melbourne in Australia. When I'm not replying to rediculous amounts of e-mail, I'm either out of the country, or my computer is dead. Which means I have to kill it everytime I want to have a break.
So now, what about Cyberscene?
When was the last time you went into a bookshop? Or in this case, flicked your way down the computer page at Amazon? Three years ago, I tried to find an Internet book for a friend's birthday. I wanted something a bit fun, something not too technical - something that didn't call you an idiot or assume you were a nerd.
I walked out of that shop without buying anything and went home to write my own. Cyberscene is what led from that hot summer day at my word-processor. It has been a bit of an adventure, or as my English teacher would say, "a learning experience"...
Ever since Penguin gave me the go-ahead in 1997, I've been madly writing to millions of people trying to arrange interviews, organise pictures and actually find out how the Internet really works.
With Cyberscene my aim was to create a computer book that was not a computer book. Although it gives you all the necessery technical details to connect up, usually I think us teenagers are clever enough to work that bit out (and for adults, there are usually teenagers within range). And anyway, I never really liked the idea of reading manuals.
When I read, it is for inspiration I suppose. So Cyberscene gives you some pointers as to what/where you might go, do or see. Then it lets you decide for yourself. There is no boring twenty-six-page fold-out on "What is a mouse?" or "Is .uk pronouced U-K or Uck?" because really, who cares?
Cyberscene skips the details and cuts straight to the fun. School on the web :-) No, seriously, learning online can be fun!
Still don't believe me? No problem, because there is everything from Entertainment and chat, to online games and e-mail covered.
You could always skip the education chapter and move directly onto web-page building. It's easy, because Cyberscene is built like a webpage. Lots of nice, little easy diversions where you can flick (click) back and forward without getting (too) lost.
So, I really hope you do enjoy it, and, as I said, I'm happy to talk via e-mail whenever (it just adds to the pile...).
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Book Description Puffin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141302097