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Geeks Guide2 It’s time for the second edition of GG2 and this week we move from the (not so) wonderful world of Wikipedia to a biography of our beloved internet with On The Way To The Web.

The World Wide Web has become the social backdrop for modern day living. You can buy the latest music, chat to friends, moan on El Reg or - for the really desperate - order a new wife. The internet is really quite terrific, but how much do we actually know about it? How exactly did we get to the point whereby most people fail to function socially without their daily dose of online activities?

On the Way to the Web is a fascinating account of the unique, creative, and often cantankerous individuals who set the internet free.

Michael Banks (our guide on this trip) describes how we - the online populace - created a new culture and turned a new frontier into a vision of the future. The book introduces us to the innovators who laid the foundation for the internet, the person behind online chat, and the people who invented the products we use online every day. We also learn where, when, how and why the internet came into being, and exactly what hundreds of thousands of people were doing online before the Web. We pretty much get to see who was behind it all, and what inspired them.

A great feature of On the Way to the Web is the host of stories that Michael offers about the people and events during the emergence of the net. We get to hear about the first online privacy scandal and how the FBI demanded the ID of a CompuServe user who tried to sell 3,000 M16 rifles online in 1980, read about early online con artists, online romance scams and identity theft, and discuss who really created AOL (not Steve Case).

On the Way to the Web is now available at just £7.79 - that's 40 per cent off the RRP*. So if you’re interested in how the @ on your keyboard came about or how the CIA search the internet for cases of military arms sales then get your dose of GG2 action today.

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