|PC Annoyances by Steve Bass (O'Reilly) |
Does your computer ever irritate you? Don't you wish there was a single source of info about how to solve some of these problems? Check out Steve Bass's new book, "PC Annoyances: How to fix the most annoying things about your personal computer."
Steve Bass is the author of PC World's Home office column and newsletter. He has combined some of his best tips and suggestions into this 176 page book.
This well laid out tome is very easy to read and makes it simple to find the answer to the problem that is bugging you right now. .
The book covers a wide range of computer topics from basics like how to control windows, file-naming and font management, the ins and outs of email, as well as proper email etiquette, all the way up to complicated Internet tips and fixes and how to manage specific Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as well as how to control the scourges of spam, worms and other Internet vermin.
For example, I don't like Outlook for email and prefer Eudora. This book is one of the few that actually has GOOD tips on how to use and improve Eudora.
As part of my job as a computer hardware and software reviewer, I am always trying out new stuff - adding and removing hardware, trying our new software programs - what this really means is that I am always messing up my computer. This book is wonderful for getting my computer back to the rip-snorting power demon it was originally meant to be.
These aren't your typical boring nerdy and tech answers either. Steve gives us a little attitude along with his suggestions. the For example, for those net video files that people send to you but you can't seem to get to play, Steve says, "There are two fixes. The first is easy - just forget it. The video was probably boring or something you wouldn't want your spouse to see anyway. But if you really want to see, the videos,...here what you do..."
(Steve gets the Internet Video Magazine newsletter)
There are lots of great tips and techniques crammed into these easy to read pages. There were even a few that I wasn't aware of. Actually there were a lot of tips that I once knew, and then promptly forgot. Anyhow, if you are relatively new to computing or computers truly drive you nuts, check out this book. I found the biggest advantage of this book is that I can give this book to my relatives and friends so that they'll keep from bugging me for answers!
Here are some more of the topics you'll see covered in the book...
Windows--King of Annoyances! You'll learn how to kick Windows in the rear, get past glitches, take charge of the interface, live with the dreaded activation, and more.
Conquer your email, from Outlook to Eudora! Beat back spam, get inside info, avoid mailing lists, send big files, manage folders, and more, for a half dozen email programs.
Master Microsoft Office. From little-known right-click wonders to backing up the unbackable to automating data entry, you'll find workarounds for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This stuff is GREAT!
Learn to wrestle with hardware and win! Learn to wake up your DSL, tame your notebook, shut up your PC's fan, save your data, and save paper.
Internet knots untied! Shake up IE, stop Flash, outsmart defaults, control Favorites, add the Google toolbar to Netscape, and more.
Plus, you get access to more than one hundred utilities that will help you squash bugs, enhance your email, untangle a system snarl, and much more.
You can get PC Annoyances from Amazon for just $13.97, a lot less than the list price of $19.95