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Smartphone, router, Blu-ray, LED—America’s use of electronics has gotten increasingly more challenging since the invention of the light bulb. If you don’t know how many pixels your HDTV should contain for maximum viewing pleasure, or if you are ready to ...
Smartphone, router, Blu-ray, LED—America’s use of electronics has gotten increasingly more challenging since the invention of the light bulb. If you don’t know how many pixels your HDTV should contain for maximum viewing pleasure, or if you are ready to throw your hands up when you hear that you have to configure your Internet router using the WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WPA-PSK (TKIP) + WPA2-PSK (AES) security protocols, then you need Eric Taub’s Does This Plug Into That?
Taub ignores the jargon and demystifies the technology that can make our lives easier, but usually leaves us bewildered, flummoxed, and defeated—especially after consulting the manufacturer’s installation and usage instructions. Does This Plug into That? cracks the geek code and offers practical advice and directions for everything from purchasing a new TV, to setting up a Web connection, installing a home network, and more. Does This Plug Into That? is the all-inclusive resource that will make you smarter than your smartphone while enhancing your gadgetry and electronic prowess.
Does This Plug into That? is every consumer’s Rosetta Stone, distilling down all the extraneous technical information into simple actions without the gobbledygook. Now you can join the technophile generation without panicking in the process.
Posted January 7, 2014
What’s the difference between a Kindle, a Nook, and an iPad? Can I use my mobile phone overseas? Why wouldn’t I want to use an LED lamp? How many speakers do I need in my home theater? What’s the cloud? These are just a few of the myriad of questions that Eric Taub answers in his new book, Does This Plug into That?: Simplify Your Electronic Life. Taub, a leading technology consultant and New York Times consumer technology writer, uses a question and answer format to demystify modern technology for those who want to make the most of it but don’t know (and don’t care) what WPA-PSK means.
First, I should add a disclaimer: I’m a geek and I talk geek-speak fluently. Having said that, I’ll also mention that I’ve considered maybe upgrading from my old TV to an HDTV someday (mine no longer receives broadcast signals, in case you’re wondering), but while the cost of them keeps going down, the educational prerequisites for purchasing one keep increasing.
That’s why I was so excited to see this book and I was not disappointed. Taub does a beautiful job delivering on the promise in this book’s title. The book is divided into 22 chapters covering everything from computers and printers, to TVs, to lightbulbs, to car electronics, and so much more. There’s even a chapter entitled “Should I Get Rid of My Landline Phone?”
He answered every question I ever had about HDTVs and even some I hadn’t yet come up with and all in a way that didn’t make me feel stupid – just newly enlightened. I also learned a ton about a lot of other things. That’s right: I, the geek, learned a ton.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who isn’t a walking technology encyclopedia. Go buy it today. You will not be sorry.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.