CD Mom: The Mother of All Windows Book

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CD-MOM: The Mother Of All Windows Books CD Version ventures where no Windows book and companion disk have gone before: into the heart of the beast, to reveal the hard Windows facts of life. Read the book and learn how Windows really works - not how its designers thought it should work - and find hundreds of ways to make it work better for you. On your computer. Day in and day out. Run the CD's software and find out which Windows products will let you work better and faster, and make it more fun. The CD contains ...
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CD-MOM: The Mother Of All Windows Books CD Version ventures where no Windows book and companion disk have gone before: into the heart of the beast, to reveal the hard Windows facts of life. Read the book and learn how Windows really works - not how its designers thought it should work - and find hundreds of ways to make it work better for you. On your computer. Day in and day out. Run the CD's software and find out which Windows products will let you work better and faster, and make it more fun. The CD contains the WinSleuth Gold Windows system snooper. CompuServe's WinCIM and a free sign-up worth $25, working models of major Windows applications - Ami Pro, ClarisWorks, Freelance Graphics, Quark XPress, IntelliDraw, PhotoStyler, and many more - in addition to the latest Windows printer and video drivers; hundreds of megabytes of video clips and video viewing software; dozens of newsletters; the new "safe" SmartDrive; the top 100 shareware Windows programs; and a hundred fonts, thousands of icons, games, utilities, and much more. CD-MOM includes detailed, step-by-step instructions on assessing and using the CD's, software, even if you don't own a CD drive. As long as you can beg, borrow, or steal a CD drive for just a few minutes you can put this incredible collection to work. Mystified by the "Use Fast Access" check box? Or why your machine locks up unexpectedly? Can't get your sound card to work? Does your modem hate you? Want to make Windows run faster? Want to make Windows run, PERIOD? Need some new hardware? Is it time to get a CD-ROM drive? MOM steps you through it all, with insight and wit. It's all here in plain English: the concepts, the practicalities, gotchas and glitches, tricks and advice, plus hundreds of previously undocumented, or worse, incorrectly documented, settings. If you want the straight scoop on Windows - no pulled punches, no warmed-over user's manuals - just ask MOM.

Now Woody Leonhard and Barry Simon's irreverent masterpiece, The Mother of All Windows Books, is available bundled with a value-packed CD-ROM providing the largest, most useful collection of software ever assembled--with dozens of working models of all the top Windows applications, a full commercial copy of WinCIM, hundreds of shareware fonts, thousands of icons, millions of bytes of shareware utilities, and much more.

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Explains neither the rudiments of moving an icon nor the intricacies of programming, but goes for a middle ground, showing with a minimum of jargon how to really use Windows, what hardware works, and how to use Windows applications together. The companion CD contains a comprehensive collection of Windows software, including CompuServe's WinCIM (and a free CompuServe sign-up), working models of major Windows applications, the full version of the WinSleuth Gold Windows system snooper, and much more. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201627084
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition description: CD version
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Table of Contents


What You Should Have
Conventions
The CD
Igor's Road Map
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1:
GUI, Phooey, Kablooey
GUI, Phooey, Kablooey
All the World's a TSR
Little Windows' Report Card
Will the Real Windows Please Stand Up?
Chapter 2:
Windows Concepts
Of Mice and Menus
The Windows interface
The Path to True Enlightenment
Who's Driving this Thing Anyway?
Communication is the Key to a Good Relationship
And Dots Not All
Putting Up a Good Font
Winning on the First Palette
Putting Windows on a Sound Basis
A Child's Garden of File Types
Chapter 3:
Windows Components
The Big Three
Taking Control
The Engine Room
No DOS Like an 01' DOS
Chapter 4:
Windows Applets
Could I Have a Word with You?
Toro! Toro! OLE!
Windows Utility Toolkit
Sound of One Applet Clapping
The Windows Clock Manual
Applications on a Diet
I'm Game
Chapter 5:
Mom's Utility Toolbox
The Virtual Desktop Shtick
Windows on Steroids
Kitchen Sinks
Picture This
What's Cooking in the Pot Pourri
Making Windows
Chapter 6:
Staying Current
Chameleon
Sources of Information
The Mother of all Information Services
How to Read a Review
Keep Your Eye on The Price
Sign Posts in the Software Jungle
Chapter 7:
Killer Hardware
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize Process or Force? Greyhound Take It And Run
Spinners On a Clear Day Seers
TrulyPeripheral
I'll Show You Mine If
Mom's Red Book
Chapter 8:
WININI, Windows Heart
Et Tu, INI
INI Gadda da Vida
Icon's Choice Awards
Sections
Cross Reference
Chapter 9:
systemini, Windows' Soul
Sections
[386Enh]
[boot description]
(drivers]
[keyboard]
[mcil
[NonWindowsApp]
[standard]
Chapter 10:
Outer INIs, Other Files
PROGMANINI
CONTROUNI
DOSAPPINI
WINFILEINI
WINCOM
AutoexecBat, ConfigSys Windows Style
Disposable Files
WINMINEINI
SECTION 3: THE CD AND MORE
Chapter 11:
What's On the CD?
IMPORTANT - YO! TAKE NOTE!
Mom's Revolution Mom's Disk and What to Do with It The Stuff on Diskette
Sound Files: AUDIO\
Windows Driver Library: DRIVERS\
Icon files: ICONS\
Newsletters: NEWSLETR\
Pictures: PICTURES\
SMARTDrive: SMARTDRV\
Video: VIDEO\
WinCIM: WINCIM\
WinSleuth Gold Plus: Wnsleuth\
Working Models: WORKMODL\
Chapter 12:
Mom's Utilities
Shareware, Freeware, and More
Applications: APPS\
Audio: AUDIO\
Calculator, Clock, Clipboard: CLOCKETC\
Communications: COM\
DOS Assist: DOS\
Editor: EDIT\
File Manager Add-Ons: FILEMAN\
Fonts: FONTS\
Games, Education: GAMES\
General Utilities: GENERAL\
Graphics: GRAPHICS\
Icons: ICON\
Languages, Macros: LANG\
Personal Info / DataBase: PIMDATA\
Program Manager Add-Ons: PROGMAN\
Resources, Restart: RESOURCE\
Screen, Desktop Work: SCREEN\
zipstuff: ZIP\
Chapter 13:
The Mother of All Font Catalogs
Bread and Butter Fonts
Fun Fonts
Chapter 14:
Icon See Clearly Now
The Built-In Icons Allicons
SECTION 4: MORE NITTY GRITTY
APPENDIX A
Mom's Little Black Book
APPENDIX B
Windows Disks Exposed
The Distribution Disks
3 1/2 Inch 144 MB Distribution Disks
51/4 Inch 12 MB Distribution Disks
APPENDIX C
Character Sets
Windows Character Set
DOS (OEM) Character Set
Sort Sequences
APPENDIX D
HAAAAAAAALP!
Windows Won't Start
Shopping
General Admonitions
A Literary Salute
index
Settings Index
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