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Just Say No To Microsoft: How to Ditch Microsoft and Why It's Not as Hard as You Think Paperback – Nov 24 2005

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (Nov. 24 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270643
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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About the Author

Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes are the authors of more than a dozen books on computing, desktop publishing, and multimedia. Tony is also a composer and touring musician.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x997402b8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a051d68) out of 5 stars Worth reading by anyone Nov. 20 2005
By Anthony Lawrence - Published on
Format: Paperback
It doesn't matter if you are a committed Microsoftie, someone who dumped their OS years ago, or someone just starting to get tired of putting up with the problems of viruses and never ending expense: this is a great book for anyone.

I noticed another reviewer complaining about inaccuracies and Microsoft bashing: actually I think the author worked hard to avoid any of that, but unfortunately just telling simple truths about Microsoft does look like bashing: it's impossible to avoid.

Easy to read, fun, and packed with historical information. Even if you have no interest at all in switching, you will enjoy this book.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a051dbc) out of 5 stars There *are* alternatives to Microsoft... Jan. 29 2006
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Paperback
Contrary to what it may seem, there *are* viable alternatives to Microsoft. Tony Bove strongly suggests you adopt them in his book Just Say No To Microsoft - How To Ditch Microsoft And Why It's Not As Hard As You Think.


Part 1 - You Say You Want A Revolution: Playing Monopoly Is No Longer Fun; All You Need Is A Mac; Linux - Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Part 2 - Rehab For Your Microsoft Addiction: Slay the Word and You'll Be Free; De-Microsoft Your Office; Media Lib - Microsoft-Free Music and Video

Part 3 - The Whole Network Is Watching: The Message Is The Medium for Infections; This LAN Is Your LAN; Browsers and Your Own Private Identity

Part 4 - Getting On With Your Computer Life: Twelve Steps to Freedom from Microsoft; Where Do You Want to Go Tomorrow?; The Truth Is Out There; Citations; Index

If you're a Mac fan or a Linux fan, you'll most likely agree with everything Bove says. He is rabidly anti-Microsoft, and has little to say that's good about the company. Microsoft's cash cow software, the Windows operating system and Office, is drawn and quartered as being overpriced and buggy. The alternatives are to use either Mac's OS X or a Linux desktop distribution. As far as Office, he makes the strong case that the free suite will allow the vast majority of the users to do 100% of everything they're used to doing, with virtually no learning curve. Browsers? Protect your computer, dump IE, and go with Firefox. The net effect of all these suggestions is to have an environment that costs far less than comparable Microsoft offerings, as well as having a more secure computing experience.

By no means is the author even-handed in his comparisons. The writing is strongly opinionated, but that's what makes it fun to read (in my less strident opinion). Some of his statements caused me to mentally step back and wonder why I continue to live with some of the limitations that Microsoft has put on my computing experience. While I won't be removing all vestiges of Microsoft from my computing environment, I will be more willing to question the common wisdom going forward...
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996fd210) out of 5 stars Just Say NO to Microsoft Nov. 27 2005
By Andy Kaufman - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a user of Microsoft products, I found that this book points out many of the problems and failures of Microsoft while offering an alternative that works a whole lot better.

By creating humorous examples that parody Microsoft's configuration and options, the author has turned techno-babble into an entertaining and enjoyable read.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking for an alternative operating environment and for everyone who is frustrated with Microsoft products. You won't find a more interesting and entertaining computer book on the market today.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x996fd5d0) out of 5 stars The Microsoft Alternative March 17 2006
By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tony Bove's JUST SAY NO TO MICROSOFT: HOW TO DITCH MICROSOFT AND WHY IT'S NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK is for any who have doubts about Microsoft's products and patches. Introductory chapters cover all its flaws and move on to explain how one's PC can be liberated from Microsoft products entirely. Chapters provide background history of Microsoft, detail its practices which have discouraged innovation and competition, and explains how competing operating systems work and how users can obtain and use these systems. Finally: a clear history and explanation of Microsoft's pitfalls and how to overcome them - by switching to an alternative that works.
HASH(0x996fd6b4) out of 5 stars Was probably pretty good when it was written over 10 years ago April 6 2016
By James Chris Kohlman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Describes developing an alternative to using Microsoft products and services. Was probably pretty good when it was written over 10 years ago. Wish I would have checked the copyright date before purchasing. Additionally, the book is now available as a free PDF download.

What I found most interesting is the author's analysis and opinion on how MS is impacting the IT industry's thinking and behavior by they way they develop, deliver, and charge for their products and services. I would really love to see an updated edition because the IT world has changed significantly in the past 10 years. I used to be a MS bigot and thought they could do no wrong. Big mistake and deluded thinking on my part. While I don't hate MS now, I do think differently about them and the way they are manipulating the their marketplace. This is a good read if only to open your eyes to the shenanigans going on. Apple is doing similar things but at a couple of orders of magnitude less.

This was also a great primer on the open source initiative that gets very little press due to the way the big players are trying to suppress what they are trying to do.