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Windows XP Killer Tips [Paperback]

Kleber Stephenson
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April 21 2003 073571357X 978-0735713574 1

Time is money. And a lot of Windows XP users find themselves trying to save time by skimming through larger computer books in order to pull out the useful nuggets of info that are often placed within what we call sidebars (i.e. those Note/Tip/Warning boxes). The Killer Tips series was developed by Scott Kelby because he recognized how useful technology users find those cool "I didn't know THAT" sidebars that are peppered all over the other computer books out there. Windows XP Killer Tips is all about speed; showing XP users how to get more work done faster, while actually increasing quality. The whole concept is to help make you faster and more productive than ever using Windows XP.


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Time is money. And a lot of Windows XP users find themselves trying to save time by skimming through larger computer books in order to pull out the useful nuggets of info that are often placed within what we call sidebars (i.e. those Note/Tip/Warning boxes). The Killer Tips series was developed by Scott Kelby because he recognized how useful technology users find those cool "I didn't know THAT" sidebars that are peppered all over the other computer books out there. Windows XP Killer Tips is all about speed; showing XP users how to get more work done faster, while actually increasing quality. The whole concept is to help make you faster and more productive than ever using Windows XP.

About the Author

Kleber Stephenson is President of U.S. Diginet¿interactive communications, a provider of Internet Solutions, integrated strategy consulting, and secure stable hosting environments for business enterprises, and President of Medical Assisted Services. With more than a decade of experience analyzing and implementing business computing infrastructures based on Microsoft technologies, and the Windows OS architecture, Kleber designs and develops real world network and administrative solutions. In addition, he's a contributing technology reviewer for Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but still has some value April 24 2003
Format:Paperback
I appreciate the enthusiasm with which Kleber Stephenson has written this book, and his tips are concise, and generally are of good quality, BUT...this book was definitely written with an absolute beginner in mind. This is the type of book I would hand to my father-in-law (and I probably will), so he can learn the basics of getting WinXP to do what he wants. I was hoping for something with heft, and insider tips, but 95% of what Kleber had to offer I already knew.
In addition, I have some serious complaints:
1. Kleber has included a series of "annoying tricks" as he calls them. These are things he says you can do to other people's computers to drive them batty. This is just not right. You just DON'T mess with another person's personal settings.
2. Kleber tells his users to not send error reports back to Microsoft. He says that Microsoft doesn't need to know about errors, but THEY SHOULD. This is one of the best things Microsoft has done so far. By receiving errors, they can fix problems in their products, which will make Windows work better, and faster, and will make it crash less. Please, if you buy, and follow this book, at least disregard this advice.
3. Kleber also suggests that people turn off the Auto-Update function of XP. While I agree that we shouldn't let XP just automatically update our PC without our intervention, there is a third option, that lets XP tell you there are Updates to download, which you then install manually. This is a nice middle ground. If it weren't for the Auto-Update, most people's computers, like my father-in-law's (sorry Dad!) would never get the essential security patches it needs, at least until I trundle to his house and provide tech support. Again, don't follow Kleber's advice on this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Book! April 30 2003
By Syke
Format:Paperback
What a great book! I haven't been able to put it down! I own a few XP books and I learned more about XP in the first chapter of Kleber's book than all of my other books combined. This book is packed with nothing but useful information. I honestly learned something from every page. And what a great read. If you've ever read any computer book then you know it can be almost painful. Kleber's book offers over 400 great tips. That's it! He explains how to do things in XP in a single paragraph not four pages.
I took it to my office the first day I received it and had to almost fight to get it back. I know a couple of co-workers went looking for the book that day but the local bookstores (at least the ones on Boylston) didn't have it in yet. I almost wish I had kept the book to myself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone! If you're new to XP, you'll feel like a pro in no time. If you're familiar with XP you'll learn things you never knew. And, if you're an XP expert, Kleber's book will refresh your memory and show you once again why Windows is the best OS on the Planet. Personally, I consider myself a fairly advanced user of Windows. Kleber's book kind of made me realize that maybe I didn't know as much as I thought I did, but I know it now.
Whatever you ever wanted to do in XP it's probably in here. And, Kleber covers more than just XP's OS. He's written chapters with great info on Internet Explorer, Media Player, Outlook Express and Movie Maker 2 (great chapter!). So, if you need a book on XP, Windows XP Killer Tips is the one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun and interesting July 6 2003
Format:Paperback
I have to admit that I was expecting a rather long and boring exposition on how to get the most out of your operating system (akin to some of the Linux books I've read). Quite to my surprise, this book was both easy and fun to read. While serious XP users will be familiar with many of the tips out lined in the book, there is a section on advanced tips (most of which are registry hacks), which are quite interesting.
The book consists of several hundred tips relating directly to the use and look of your Windows XP OS. Almost every tip takes up a fourth of the page, and consists of a description of the tip as well as an appropriate screen shot. The book actually reads like a cookbook, which is great for this type of book. Simply flip to the section you are interested in, and browse the title of each tip until you find the one you want.
The tips range from registry hacks (pretty much changing the behavior of Windows), to information on working with Media Player, tips on searching, XP annoyances, and general information on getting the most from your computer. Some of the easier tips include how to arrange or customize your toolbar, adding quick launch icons, and changing an file's icon. Some intermediate tips include adding a short cut icon to shut down or switch users, and how to use some of Windows XP's hidden programs. More advanced tips range from tricks you can do to annoy your co-workers (hide all desktop icons, switch the right and left mouse buttons, etc.) to how to make the label of "My Computer" be dynamic based on who is logged in.
This book is written for beginning to intermediate Windows XP users. The tips and tricks contained in this book will be very valuable to this audience. The book was easy to read and easy to find information.
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