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Your simple guide to the computer by the author of Quick & Easy PC and the popular 'On-Line' column in the NZ Woman's Weekly.
Quick & Easy PC 2 is a systematic look at most of the key features and options in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. It is designed to extend the skills gained by readers of Quick & Easy PC. This book provides easy-to-understand information to help you get the most out of your PC.
It also sees the return of the popular website lists, featuring topics such as advice on buying real estate, help with moving house, and how to deal with phobias.
The New Zealand Woman's Weekly has been running it's 'On-line' column by Andrew Dixon each week for the past six years. The column's popularity can be judged by the number of hits the related website receives - around 70,000 per month.
OK, I am not exactly a beginner on PC's, but I firmly believe in "There's something new to learn every day" and this book had a few shortcuts and tricks that impressed me greatly.
Full of thought-provoking concepts, hints & tips, and explainations in plain-english, this will be an excellent addition to any novice PC-learner's reference library. It is so good, I think they should have put it out in hardcover, because as a paperback it's going to get heavily thumbed and dog-ear'd unless you take great care. :)
There were a few slight things that gave me pause, such as a review for a PlayStation 2 game in the middle of the 'Closer Look' section. Despite my best efforts, I still can not see any reason to be reviewing PS2 games in a beginner's guide to home PC usage... but hey, who cares. It keeps you on your toes. :)
My other slight gripe was that the book is written to primarily support Windows XP, but that gripe was rapidly erased when I read the author's introductory pages, and he explained his decision. As much as I dislike some of the 'advances' in WinXP, I have to agree, it is the way things are headed, and the hints and tricks in this book are almost universally beneficial to Win95/98/ME users too. (But what about us Win2kPro users Andrew?)
Overall however, this book IS a mighty powerful guide to the always-wierd, sometimes-wonderful world of dealing with a Windows-based PC. Good to see, and I shall be hitting the On-Line column a bit more often I think. Great stuff.
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