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Sams Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition by Uyless Black

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HOUR 2The Benefits of Networking

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

Computing before the advent of computer networks

The first computer networks

How packet-switching transformed data networking

The downsides of not networking computers

The advantages of using computer networks

It is interesting to speculate how life would be if we humans did not have—what Alexis de Tocqueville proclaimed—a natural propensity to organize things at the drop of a hat. But we do organize. This trait helps make us the dominant large-body species on earth. What’s more, our comfortable lot in life depends on our highly organized networks—from the postal service, to the world’s electronic funds transfer system. Without networks, many of the luxuries we take for ...

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