It's Never Too Late to Love a Computer: The Fearless Guide for Seniors

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Everything you need to know to plug in, boot up and get online

A friendly first guide and a web site too! www.abbyandme.com

For Late Bloomers, Older Newbies & Technophobes

Stay in closer touch with your family. Keep track of investments. Look up old friends, do your holiday shopping in the middle of a snowstorm, book a weekend in Bermuda. Now it's your turn.

Reassuringly written for the reader who did not grow up with personal computers of use one in the office, It's Never Too Late to Love a Computer is everything you need to get wired. It introduces you to hardware and software, helps you choose the right computer and set it up in a safe and productive work area in your home. You'll get comfortable with the keyboard and mouse, select an online service and, before you know it, you'll be surfing the web. After that, just follow your imagination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761114819
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.63 (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


There Is Nothing to Fear but Technology Itself

1 Bring the World to Your Fingertips

Research, find and buy anything you can imagine, and communicate with loved ones...without leaving home

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

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?

4 There is No Place Like Home vs. Taking Your Show on the Road

Desktop vs. laptop

5 Selecting Your Workspace

Tips on finding a comfortable and safe work area

6 Apples and Oranges

Macintosh vs. PC

7 Would You Buy A Car Without Test-Driving It?

What to look for when you get behind a keyboard

8 Choosing the Best Route

What software and Internet services fit you best

Let the Shopping Begin

9 Shop Till You Drop

Old vs. new, extended warranties, store vs. mail order and what questions to ask

10 Counting Fingers and Toes

Taking your new computer out of the box and connecting all the parts

11 Shaking Hands

Meet your computer and mouse

12 Getting to Know You

Experimenting with what you can do on the computer

The Newlywed Game

13 Spanning the Globe Surfing the net - Traveling around

14 Shall We Dance? Let's send an e-mail

15 Mind Your Ps & Qs

An introduction to word processing

16 Troubleshooting - I Think It Has a Fever

What to do if something doesn't seem right

Appendices

Some Recommended Web Sites

Glossary

Resource List

Test-Drive Form

IndeX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    So what are you waiting for?

    I can't tell you the lengths to which I went to avoid the computer. I felt intimidated by it and was sure the computer was something I was going to have to pass by. Then I was given Abby's book. She demystifies the computer and the Internet. With Abby's book alongside my computer, I gained the confidence to explore and reach out with this fascinating new tool. Thank you, Abby Stokes, for composing a practical and straightforward introduction to computers, and providing me with the inspiration to experiment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    A great book if you're just starting out

    I had two reasons for wanting to learn the computer: e-mail with friends and family, and researching travel. This book got me up and running in about a week, much to the surprise of my grandkids! It's simply written, but covers every important subject from top to bottom. I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    The definitive computer book

    Finally, a computer book that doesn't require being a 'dummy'. Just the ability to learn from an extremely knowledgeable teacher.

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