First Week with My New IMac: A Very Basic Guide for Mature Adults and Everyone Who Wants to Get Connected

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This book was written for the author’s 84-year-old mother and for everyone else who wants to "get connected" to the colorful new iMac but hates reading dense manuals. The First Week with My New iMac is the second title in this humorous, but practical and simple step-by-step guide that gives new iMac owners (no matter how old or young) all the information they need to do the basic tasks for which they bought a computer in the first place - sending and receiving e-mails, using the Internet, playing games and CDs, ...

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Overview

This book was written for the author’s 84-year-old mother and for everyone else who wants to "get connected" to the colorful new iMac but hates reading dense manuals. The First Week with My New iMac is the second title in this humorous, but practical and simple step-by-step guide that gives new iMac owners (no matter how old or young) all the information they need to do the basic tasks for which they bought a computer in the first place - sending and receiving e-mails, using the Internet, playing games and CDs, writing correspondence and keeping records.

The First Week with My New iMac has been field-tested with people ranging from 27 to 84 years of age - all of whom found it to be "The Answer!" to their fears of even touching a computer or admitting that they don’t know how to use one and their honest desire to "get connected."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892123336
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Capital First Week
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela R. Lessing has had a very diverse career as a librarian, art consultant, member of various advisory boards of numerous non-profits, a member of the Trustee’s Council of the University of Rochester and a member of its visiting committee evaluating the College. She is the author of The First Week With My New PC (Capital Books, 2000), The First Week with My New iMac (Capital Books,2001), The First Week with My New Digital Organizer (Capital Books, 2002), and The First Week with My New Digital Camera (Capital Books, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Read This to Find Hidden Special Offer! 1
Chapter 1 WYSIWYG: Prepurchase or Preassembly Instructions 5
Chapter 2 Out of the Box: What You Should Do Whether Help Is or Is Not on the Way 9
Chapter 3 Everything Is Connected--So Now What Do I Do? 25
Chapter 4 The First Time: All Alone with the Computer (Will My Family Still Respect Me in the Morning?) 31
Chapter 5 What Is the Internet? What Is a "User Name"? Just Tell Me How to Find Out What the Weather Will Be Here! 41
Chapter 6 The Time Has Come: I Am Really Ready to Do Something 47
Chapter 7 More to the Internet than Just E-mail: The World Wide Web Is Waiting! 63
Chapter 8 Some Simple Basic Fun??? This Is Like the Piano! Do I Really Have to Practice One Hour a Day? 73
Chapter 9 Writing Documents and Correspondence: I Am Already in the Middle of the Book and I Still Don't Know How to Write a Letter! 79
Chapter 10 Everything Else, Including Other Ways to Get Information and Have Fun, or, What Do I Do with All These CDs and Did I Have to Pay Extra for All This Stuff? 99
Chapter 11 A Step-by-Step Guide for Each Task 107
Appendices 163
Appendix A Troubleshooting and the Usual Questions, or, Why Won't This Stupid Thing Work? 164
Appendix B Some Important Key Commands 177
Appendix C Some "World Wide Web" Addresses of Interest 179
Appendix D E-mail Etiquette: "Smileys," Abbreviations, and Other Tips 186
Appendix E Tech Support: Phone Numbers and Web Site Addresses 188
Appendix F Healthy Computer Habits: Taking Care of Yourself Physically and Mentally 189
Glossary 193
Index 215
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