Digitally Daunted: The Consumer's Guide to Taking Control of the Technology in Your Life

Digitally Daunted: The Consumer's Guide to Taking Control of the Technology in Your Life

by Jean Riescher Westcott
     
 
Wi-fi or wired? Cable or fiber optic? HDMI or RCA? MP3 or AAC?

Do you feel overwhelmed when you hear these terms? You’re not alone—smart people everywhere feel intimidated by the technology in their life. Standing in an electronics store trying to decode the specs on a purchase can make anyone feel powerless. Worse—it can leave you with costly

Overview

Wi-fi or wired? Cable or fiber optic? HDMI or RCA? MP3 or AAC?

Do you feel overwhelmed when you hear these terms? You’re not alone—smart people everywhere feel intimidated by the technology in their life. Standing in an electronics store trying to decode the specs on a purchase can make anyone feel powerless. Worse—it can leave you with costly mistakes that you can barely get out of the packaging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right education, you can regain the control you need to survive and thrive in the digital world.

In Digitally Daunted, an IT pro and his practical wife show you how to demystify the mumbo jumbo and become a confident consumer of all the things that are supposed to make your life easier. You’ll learn how to shop for and manage the electronics in your household: PCs to phone systems, televisions, cameras, and music and movie software and hardware.

Digitally Daunted will help you:
* Choose, use, and maintain all the modern “appliances” you need or want
* Decide what to buy, how to buy, and how much to spend
* Be prepared for the digital television conversion
* Get and stay connected on the Internet the fastest, cheapest, most secure way possible
* Discover everything you needed to know about phone service, both landline and cellular
* Determine what you need and want from your television, DVD player, DVD recorder, and service provider be it cable, fiber-optic or over-the-air
* Get the most out of digital cameras—still and video
* Learn about new ways to enjoy your music, photos and videos
* Introduce you to the latest in home gaming systems
* Figure out what to do when things go wrong
* Organize your tech stuff with checklists for shopping, maintenance, and service calls

Also includes a glossary of all the tech terms you need to know, green tips and some suggested web resources. Companion website is Digitally Daunted.com

REVIEWS

"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." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Yes, I am frequenetly "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!" -- Bonnie Neely, Amazon Top Reviewer

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From the Publisher
Yes, 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!!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933102726
Publisher:
Capital Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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"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!!"--(Gary Yacoubian, President, MyerEmco AudioVideo)

Meet the Author

JEAN RIESCHER WESTCOTT took a History of Computers class back in 1985 and spent a summer studying programming in high school, but has been more of a book geek since she finished her law degree. She spent a long, wonderful time in independent bookselling and now works in book publishing. She writes a column on consumer technology. Sean and Jean have two children and live in Northern Virginia. They are the co-authors of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Electronics 101.

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