Windows XP Personal Trainer Paperback – Dec 3 2004
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CustomGuide, Inc. is a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.
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So there is a lot of attention paid to basic operations in any operating system with a GUI. Like opening, moving, resizing and closing a window. And how to graphically navigate through the filesystem, using the metaphor of folders.
Experienced users will have internalised this a long time ago, as automatic. But it's important to realise that it is not so obvious to new users. You have to start somewhere. The book is suitable as a guide to the XP newcomer. Oh, as for the cartoon aspect of the cover. It really isn't used inside to any great extent. (As contrasted to the Head First series.) In spite of the cover, the contents have a serious demeanour.
Chapter List: The Fundamentals; Working with a Window; Working with a Windows Program; Working with Files and Folders; Customizing the Taskbar and Desktop; Customizing Windows; The Free Programs; Working with Pictures and Multimedia; Optimizing and Maintaining Your Computer; Exploring the Internet; Passwords, Logons, and User Accounts; Networking with Windows XP; Setting Up a Network; Index
The Personal Trainer series uses a comic book superhero motif in the design. In some of the other titles, the theme plays out a little more strongly. Once you get past the cover on this book, you probably won't even notice it. Each chapter has a series of lessons that cover material related to the topic. Each lesson is well illustrated and broken down into a step-by-step process. To wrap up the lesson, there's a "quick reference" sidebar that recaps the particular command that was just covered. The entire chapter wraps up with a summary, a quiz (yes, there are answers provided!), and some "homework" to stretch your understanding a bit. Very readable and non-intimidating...
Now, I mentioned the "right audience" to open the review. This isn't the type of book that you'd give to an IT professional or long-time computer user. The material starts with some fundamental Windows basics, and builds from there. If you've been using computers for years, you'll know this stuff anyway. But think about your parents who just got a computer for the first time. Think about your kid who just got his first computer. This is the type of book that a computer neophyte could open up and not be scared off within five minutes. And even if they've conquered the basics already, the material on multimedia and setting up a home network may be information they've never ventured into.
If you're looking for an entry level book on Windows XP for someone who needs to learn the fundamentals, I'd suggest taking a look at this one. It could work out well for them...
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If you are someone who is quite familiar with Windows but want to learn how to do a lot of the cool things you hear about, then this is the book for you. I've searched around a lot, and this is the only easy to understand Windows book that talks about Wi-Fi.
There is also a really cool chapter about multimedia.
The feature that makes this book the most unique is the interactive CD ROM that comes with it.
My mom is the most computer illiterate person in the world so I gave her the CD that came with the book.
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