Is This Thing On? A Late Bloomer's Computer Handbook

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Plug in, boot up, and get online!

•    Email and receive pictures of the kids and grandkids
•    Enjoy the convenience and bargains of online shopping
•    Search for recipes, health and travel information
•    Look up old friends and make new friends
•    Read the latest news, sports, weather reports, stock quotes, and          commentary
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It’s your turn now, and you won’t believe how much you can do and how easy it is to do it. Written for the reader who didn’t grow up with a personal computer or use one in the office, this book is everything you need to get wired.

You’ll learn how to shop for a computer that’s just right for you, and how to set it up for maximum comfort and safety. How to sign up for email and Internet access. How to use the mouse, a printer, a scanner, and how to get started with essential skills like word processing and using search engines. Plus: the A to Z’s of digital photos, a guide to online shopping, over 200 recommended websites, and much more. Before you know it, you’ll be clicking away to a whole new world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761146193
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/22/2008
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Abby Stokes teaches courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and New York University's School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. Ms. Stokes splits her time between New York City and Niantic, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents


A Word Before You Begin

There is Nothing to Fear but Technology Itself

Chapter 1: Bringing the World to Your Fingertips
Research, find, and buy anything you can imagine, and communicate with loved ones…without leaving home

Chapter 2: Hardware: The Thigh Bone’s Connected to the…
A simple introduction to the parts of a computer and how they relate to one another
Chapter 3: Software: Feeding the Computer Brain
An explanation of software and how it is used 

Where Will It Sleep and How Often Do I Need to Water It?

Chapter 4: There’s No Place Like Home vs. Taking Your Show on the Road
Desktop vs. laptop

Chapter 5: Creating a Computer Comfort Zone
Tips on finding a comfortable and safe work area

Go for a Test Drive

Chapter 6: Apples and Oranges
Macintosh vs. PC

Chapter 7: Would You Buy a Car Without Test-Driving It?
What to look for when you get behind a keyboard

Chapter 8: Choosing the Best Route
What software and Internet services fit you best

Chapter 9: Make Your Purchase
Old vs. new, extended warranties, store vs. mail order, and what questions to ask

Baby’s First Day Home
Chapter 10: Counting Fingers and Toes
Taking your new computer out of the box and connecting all the parts

Chapter 11: Shaking Hands
Meet your computer and mouse

Chapter 12: Getting to Know You
Experimenting with what you can do on the computerThe Newlywed Game

Chapter 13: Spanning the Globe
“Surfing the net”—traveling around the World Wide Web

Chapter 14: Shall We Dance?
Let’s send email

Chapter 15: Mind Your Ps & Qs
An introduction to word processing

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Chapter 16: Practical Precautions
Secure your identity and your computer

Chapter 17: Advanced E-mail
Let’s go to the next level—web links, attachments, and more

Chapter 18: Picture This
Digital and scanned photos from A to Z

Chapter 19: Join the Conversation
Instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, and online dating
Chapter 20: Put it All in Order
Create a filing system, organize, and maintain all that lives on your computer

Exploration and Discovery

Chapter 21: Detective Work With Your Computer
Get the most out of your searches

Chapter 22: Shop Till You Drop
Shopping, auctions, airline reservations, prescriptions, and online banking

Chapter 23: The Wide, Wide World of Entertainment
Finding fun on the Web

Make New Friends and Keep the Old

Chapter 24: Extra, Extra, Read All About It
The scoop on cell phones, PDAs, BlackBerries, iPods, and iPhones

Chapter 25: Troubleshooting
I think it has a fever—what to do if something doesn’t seem right

Appendices
Over 200 Recommended WebsitesGlossaryResource ListTest-Drive FormIndex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    Is This Thing On?

    I highly recommend this book,if you really want to learn computers this is the book for you. I LOVE IT.
    Its so EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I never touched a computer before and was afraid I was going to BLOW IT UP if I hit the wrong key.
    Abby taught me that wasnt going to happen.
    I now know how to surf the internet and e mail and am going to learn how to put pictures on the web ,etc.
    Im now having FUN with this thing the kids got me so I could stay in touch when they decided to move 1000 miles away.
    They didnt teach me how to use it ,but Abby has.
    You wont regret buying this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Over a Thousand Students and Counting ...

    Full disclosure: Abby is my sister and I have been using her books in my computer classes since 2001 - I teach at a regional senior center and adult education through the local high school. Over a thousand students have been taught using her books as a teaching guide and the feedback has been fantastic - no kicking and screaming when they are done and many continue on to e-mail, internet, word processing, spreadsheets, digital photography, and more! The students' only request after using the "It's Never Too Late To Love A Computer" book was, "when is she going to expand it?" Well, Abby has made a really good book even better! "Is This Thing On?" has more detail, more topics, newer screen shots, and, as always, is written in "Abby's language" - no geek speak. It has been a winner for even the toughest of my students and many students request one as a gift for their friends. Kudos, Abby - thanks for making the cyber leap easier for seniors and other newbies on the CT shoreline!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Great introduction to PC's for the technically challenged!

    I used this book as a background reading text to a group of older adults in my Getting Started wtih PC's class. All of my students really liked it and said it is the best book of its kind they have seen. It is fun to read, not threatening, and more informative than the various "dummies" books out there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    The Best Book For A Computer Novice

    This book explains the essentials of the computer and the internet. It's written in a clear, easy-to-read, personal, fun style, so not only is it practical it's an enjoyable read -- and I never thought I would say that about a computer book. For anyone who wants to get-up-and-running, or become more competent, on a computer, this is a great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Supportive versus intimidating

    The information is guiding me to expand my use of the computer beyond what I needed to know or do to survive in my work situation. Functions are clearly discribed and one doesn't feel they are going to made an irrevocable mistake by pushing the "wrong" key. The author is very supportive for the barely beyond novice computer user.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    great book for new computer owners

    .welleasy to understand, well writtern,relivant

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