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From the PublisherYes, I am frequently "digitally daunted," and I live in a small town where there are few computer gurus. This is just the book I needed. It is written in very simple terms, not "computer geek-ese" and it is not going to frighten the beginner away. I think it would be a good first book for mddle and high school students to understand computers and other digital machines beyond just experimentally learning how to use them and get by. The book is well indexed and covers about anything you need to know in order to make a wise purchas or trouble shoot your own equipment. They cover not only computers and Internet, but also cameras, telephones, cell phones, CD and DVD machines, game machines, Televisions, and much more. This is the book to read before you buy and as you struggle to learn how to use new equipment, and how to trouble shoot your own problems or whether or not to call a repair person. This book should be in every home where there is not a resident Geek!
Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff
AAC, CCD, GUI, HUH? It's easy to get overwhelmed with initial-itis, especially when talking technology. In Digitally Daunted: The Consumer's Guide to Taking Control of the Technology in Your Life, authors Sean and Jean Westcott (a techie and a nontechie, respectively) explain the hieroglyphics, plus the pros and cons of each technology. Which cellphone to buy? Laptop or desktop computer? What if something goes wrong? Their guidance is clear, concise, and helps you TCB ASAP.
“The authors take a real-world common sense approach to consumer technologies and end up providing an entertaining antidote to the confusion and misinformation that is rampant in our world. Heartily recommended!!”