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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    an encyclopedia for your PC

    There is a good reason why this book is in its 16th edition. Its massive and reliable coverage of what it takes to repair a PC, or upgrade various parts, continues in the tradition of its predecessors. The rate of change in this field is so great that new editions have to be continuously produced. To be sure, the average PC user does not want or need such a tome. But there is a sizeable minority of hobbyists to whom this book is directed. It was from such people that were the PC's first audience, in the late 70s. The book harks back to the PC's roots. Some chapters may see greater use than others. Like that on hard disks. Here is where your data lives, or dies! The chapter has a good explanation of the basic principles of disks. Newer parts, like memory sticks, get good coverage too. Also worth noting is that certain crucial external devices, like hubs and switches, are explained. This reflects the reality that these days, an isolated PC has much less utility than one hooked to the Internet. By comparison, the chapter on floppy disks is looking increasingly anachronistic. Its presence in future editions may be dubious.

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