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PC Magazine Technology Almanac 2004

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What would make 2004 your best year, technically?

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PC Magazine’s Technology Almanac 2004 is a feast for technophiles – a daily buffet of commentary, tips, ...

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Overview

What would make 2004 your best year, technically?

Here’s an idea.  Pick up a copy of PC Magazine’s Technology Almanac 2004 and you’ll get a lot more than 52 weeks of technology trivia, dynamite downloads, and product reviews.  You’ll also receive a free one-year subscription to the print edition of PC Magazine* - A $19.97 value!

PC Magazine’s Technology Almanac 2004 is a feast for technophiles – a daily buffet of commentary, tips, memorable moments in tech history and more, from the experts you know and trust.  All your favorite PC Magazine editors are here --  Bill Machrone, Michael J. Miller, John C. Dvorak, and Bill Howard --  with informative articles;  researched and recommended products, vendors and Web sites;  and their favorite tech tips, all related to a different topic each week.  Technically, it could be the best year of your life!

A sample pla tter of weekly topics:

January 18: Burning CDs

February 15: E-mail: Spam

February 29: Digital Imaging: Improving Your Digital Images

March 7: Networking: Wired

March 14: Internet: Booking Travel Online

March 28: Games: Game Controllers

April 4: Security: Anti-Surveillance Techniques

April 11: Microsoft Office: Excel Tips

April 25: Windows: Registry Tweaks

May 2: Multimedia: MP3s and WMAs

July 18: PDAs: Going Solar

August 22: Building Your Own: PVR

November 14: Upgrading: Optical Drives

December 12: Shopping Online: Finding the Best Gifts

The guy who brought it all together:  BRIAN UNDERDAHL is the well-known, bestselling author of more than 65 books on a broad range of computer topics.  He has appeared on The Computer Chronicles and several TechTV programs.  His books have earned an Award of Merit from the Northern California Technical Communications Competition and a Referenceware Excellence Award.  Brian courageously tackled the task of bringing together this year’s worth of information and spicing it up with his magic touch.

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If you’re really into technology (or know someone who is), give yourself (or them) the perfect gift: PC Magazine Technology Almanac.

This is a day-by-day 2004 almanac designed specifically for power users. And it’s the gift that’ll keep on giving: Your recipient can activate a free one-year subscription to PC Magazine, absolutely free.

PC Magazine was recently ranked by Technology Marketing as the world’s most influential consumer technology magazine. For a reason. These folks know how to talk tech to folks who know and love it.

The legendary columnists of PC Magazine fill this book’s pages. Michael J. Miller. Bill Machrone. Bill Howard. And, of course, John C. Dvorak, who shows up each Friday to muse on topics ranging from mini-iTX motherboards to scRGB, blue-violet lasers to clockless microprocessors.

Dvorak isn’t always right. (It remains to be seen whether LED lighting will complete replace incandescent and fluorescent bulbs in the next five years, as he predicts here.) But he’s always provocative -- and you can count on him to turn you on to stuff you’ve never heard of before.

Every week, this almanac covers a new theme. (So it’s easy to look up what the gurus have to say about whatever you’re most interested in. With 52 weeks in the year, odds are they’ve covered it.)

For instance, the week of April 4th focuses on security. But not the usual antivirus and firewall blather. Stuff you don’t already know.

Like biometrics. If you haven’t seen it at work yet, maybe your first exposure will be at Disney World. (The mouse now keys his yearly passes to your fingerprints, so you can’t get away with sharing them.) Or home surveillance and automation. Bill Howard’s been fooling with X-10 for over a decade now, and he shares what he’s learned here. If you’re even slightly geeky, you’ll be seriously tempted.

Or, how about keystroke loggers and other slick, sneaky PC surveillance tools? There’s a scary look at WinWhatWhere Investigator 4, which Bill Machrone calls “a night-vision sniperscope to the original version’s plastic binoculars.”

This beast doesn’t just record keystrokes: it takes screen snapshots, records both sides of chats and IM conversations, tracks Internet activity, watches for typed words and phrases...it can even take Webcam pictures. And it hides. It can rename itself, move around your hard drive, even uninstall automatically when you’ve got the goods. (Thankfully, the authors also offer a page of tips for discovering snoopware!)

If you’ve ever read PC Magazine, you may know that some of its columnists are passionate photo buffs. That’s reflected in this book’s digital imaging coverage. You’ll find up-to-the-minute info on new prosumer D-SLR (digital single-lens reflex) and ZLR (integrated zoom-lens reflex) digital cameras. You’ll also find an expert discussion of avoiding fuzzy digital photos (it isn’t your hardware’s fault).

Almost every day, the authors point you to at least one great download or web link -- everything from StartUp Manager (for disabling those unwanted apps that automatically run at startup, eating up resources) to a company that’ll imprint your digital photo on a Rice Krispies bar (honest!) Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764543616
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/2003
  • Series: PC Magazine Series , #6
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

The guy who brought it all together
Brian Underdahl is the well-known, bestselling author of more than 65 books on a broad range of computer topics. He has appeared on The Computer Chronicles and several TechTV programs. His books have earned an Award of Merit from the Northern California Technical Communications Competition and a Referenceware Excellence Award. Brian courageously tackled the task of bringing together this year's worth of information and spicing it up with his magic touch.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: January 2004.

Week 0: Looking Forward and Back.

Week 1: Internet Browsing

Week 2: Viruses and Your PC

Week 3: CD and DVD Burning.

Week 4: Searching the Internet.

Part II: February 2004.

Week 5: Sharing Your Network Resources.

Week 6: Keeping Windows Up-to-Date.

Week 7: Fighting Spam.

Week 8: Adding and Removing Programs.

Part III: March 2004.

Week 9: Improving Your Digital Images.

Week 10: Wired Networking.

Week 11: The Internet & Travel.

Week 12: Network Security.

Week 13: Game Hardware.

Part IV: April 2004.

Week 14: Security and Surveillance.

Week 15: Excel Tips.

Week 16: Broadband Internet.

Week 17: Registry Tweaks.

Part V: May 2004.

Week 18: Multimedia: MP3s & WMAs.

Week 19: Firewalls.

Week 20: Building a Web Site.

Week 21: Maximizing Microsoft Office.

Part VI: June 2004.

Week 22: Cascading Style Sheets.

Week 23: PowerPoint Tips.

Week 24: Pocket PCs.

Week 25: Wireless Networking.

Week 26: Windows Media Player.

Part VII: July 2004.

Week 27:Webcams.

Week 28: Microsoft Office Word Tips.

Week 29: PDAs: Going Solar.

Week 30: Multimedia: Distributing Content.

Part VIII: August 2004.

Week 31: Upgrading Memory.

Week 32: PDAs: Palm.

Week 33: Internet: Instant Messages.

Week 34: Building Your Own: PVR.

Part IX: September 2004.

Week 36: PDAs: Using GPS with Pocket PC.

Week 37: Digital Imaging: Video Editing.

Week 38: Internet: File Swapping.

Week 39: Building Your Own: Robots.

Part X: October 2004.

Week 40: Digital Imaging: Scanners.

Week 41: E-Mail: Web Mail.

Week 42: PDAs: Wireless Access.

Week 43: Upgrading: Hard Drives.

Part XI: November 2004.

Week 44: Online Research.

Week 45: Building Your Own PC.

Week 46: Upgrading: Optical Drives.

Week 47: Digital Imaging: Digital Cameras.

Week 48: Games: PC Games.

Part XII: December 2004.

Week 49: Games: Console Games.

Week 50: Shopping Online: Finding the Best Gifts.

Week 51: Digital Imaging: Digital Camcorders.

Week 52: Windows: Tips.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Many essays

    A partly whimsical excursion into the nooks and crannies of computing, as offered by the editors of PC Magazine. Ostensibly, for each day in 2004, they offer 2 things. The first is a brief retrospective of a significant event in computing history on that day. Some of these recollections may leave you queasy. Was it really THAT long ago that this [event] happened? Strewth, it feels like yesterday! But the bulk of the discussion for each day is some recent article from the magazine. There is really little correlation, if any, between it and the nominal day entry under which it appears in this book. It is really best to treat this book as a stapling of recent articles spanning many computing topics. The quality of the essays is consistently high. There will be an element of serendipity here. Some essays might be spot on to your needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Great gift, cool book!

    My sister gave me the book this week, and I'm hooked. I can't put the book down, I'm finding myself reading way ahead (I'm up to Valentine's Day already!). My favorite stuff so far has been the digital camera articles, and the online searching information. I've been a PC Magazine reader for years, and the book totally captures the PC Magazine style - smart, helpful, and exactly what I need. The biggest surprise when I got the book was that it comes with a free year's subscription to PC Magazine. Very cool!

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