eBay Manual

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The author has provided a well-written guide to Internet trading via the eBay system. When the Internet was created more than thirty years ago, it was funded by the US Department of Defense and combined two objectives. One objective was to provide a companion network to milnet and darpanet that did not require the same security criteria to be met, providing a means for a growing community of scientists and researchers in academia to communicate with those who worked in the aerospace and defence communities. A second objective was to provide a network that might survive nuclear war. The result was an electronic environment that had few rules and where the normal rigid addressing methods of early professional networks were largely avoided. Much of that original architecture still exists under the layers of new functionality that have been added during more than three decades and phenomenal electronic development. The funding of international cables by DOD for largely military purpose changed the Internet from a close community that was heavily North American into a global environment that breaks new ground with great frequency. From the early 1990s, the Internet has become more strongly commercial and on-line trading has become a reality that is not without some significant risks. When eBay became available, it made electronic trading something that anyone with a computer and Internet connection could do.

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The Sally Traffic Handbook

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And now for something different. Readers who have not listened to a BBC radio traffic report in Britain may not know who Sally Boazman is. She has become something of a national treasure as a reliable and effective source of traffic news. Haynes Publishing have established their reputation on the very effective vehicle manuals which they produce, and have been expanding their handbook and manual approach beyond vehicle engineering. Combining Haynes and Sally has resulted in an interesting, informative and entertaining book that should appeal to a very wide range of readers within Britain but should also achieve an international readership because it provides an informed insight into British transport networks and society. Sally has become known as Sally Traffic and her fresh approach to presenting traffic news by radio has built up a network of driver contributors who telephone news in to her each day, augmenting other information sources with eye-on-the-ground current reports. She has a strong trucker following and this interaction between Sally and her listeners has produced a very effective method of providing information on the state of roads across Britain.

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