KISS books are just the best books to help you learn about software. To master Windows with confidence, you will learn how to get the program up and running, master spreadsheets and word processing and improve your computer's performance.
Rich Levin has been involved in the personal computer industry since 1979. he is a software developer, consultant and journalist. he is an internationally respected technology journalist and has written for CBS Radio, Windows Magazine, Business Week and PC world. He runs his own company called Levin Communications and hosts a weekly talk radio show.
The information is divided into four sections. Part one gives you the confidence to design your PC, sign onto the Internet and purchase your computer. Part Two shows you how to take charge of Windows, work with e-mail and sample the Windows Software Library. Part three explains the wonderful world of word processing. The last section describes methods for keeping your secrets safe.
The Computing Golden Rule is: Back-up. That means, save your information. I love that they say...."You're Smart. Your Computer is Stupid." With continually evolving technology you can't just memorize a few steps. This book will help you develop your deductive reasoning skills and coping mechanisms that guide the most experienced computer users.
If you enjoy a book filled with colorful boxes filled with information, funny characters which give you special signs to catch your attention or the inside scoop on secrets no one else is telling you...this is your book!
I thought the advice on page 59 should be taken very seriously, especially if you are building a Web site. I quote: "Choose your ISP (Internet Service Provider) partner with care-divorce can be messy and painful." Rich also discusses how you can safely buy items on the Web. There is also a list of Key actions, and I must say...when I learned about Ctrl+Alt+Delete...it saved me from having to reboot my computer when it freezes. On my computer, it gives me an option to shut down the item causing the problem and then I can go on working or open the program again. Word's Main Keystrokes are also explained in detail.
A simple glossary and easy-to-use index is included. What is a blocked sender list? What does "download" mean? What is Random Access Memory?
I can highly recommend this book for new and experienced users. Even after years of using Windows, I still have a lot to learn. I am so pleased I have this KISS book which is now going to take up a permanent place of honor on my desk! I think I will also buy one for my mother since I believe this book will save her hours of trying to figure out her new computer. Why don't they sell this book with every PC? They should!