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am 11. Mai 2000
There is nothing quite as embarrassing as suddenly breaking into fits of laughter in a public place -- which is exactly what might happen if you try reading this book. Dave Barry is his usual, hilarious self, twisting ordinary facts into fresh jokes. Sometimes he even makes up those facts. Either way, it's still one of the cleverest lampoons of information technology that you'll ever read -- and probably a lot more fun than those Dummies books, too!
Unfortunately, this book on computers -- like computer technology itself -- is subject to obsolescence. Many of the websites in the "Selected Websites" section have already moved or shut down. However, Barry's reviews of these sites continue to be funny long after the site is gone.
There's also the question of that looooooong chapter on the MsPtato-RayAdverb story, which, although having its moments, is a little more mellow than Barry's usual style. It must have been a disappointment to his regular readers; at first I thought it was a waste of paper too. But after a while I came to appreciate the mini-story, which seems to be a new development of Dave Barry's writing -- a development that led to his first novel, Big Trouble.
"Dave Barry in Cyberspace" is few years out of date now, but it's still a hilarious book to read. Recommended for all Dave Barry fans, but if you're just starting to get into his books, buy this one later.