PC User's Guide: Simple Steps to Powerful Personal Computing

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Written for everyone with a personal computer,this handy book shows how best and most efficiently to use PCs. It tells the reader how to identify the small percentage of knowledge hidden in most texts and how to discount unnecessary jargon. Demystifying the subject,the author also provides a valuable explanation in simple language,of how Information Technology works.

The first volume in an exclusive publishing venture between IBM and McGraw-Hill, this book offers ...

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Overview

Written for everyone with a personal computer,this handy book shows how best and most efficiently to use PCs. It tells the reader how to identify the small percentage of knowledge hidden in most texts and how to discount unnecessary jargon. Demystifying the subject,the author also provides a valuable explanation in simple language,of how Information Technology works.

The first volume in an exclusive publishing venture between IBM and McGraw-Hill, this book offers both engineers and advanced PC users an inside look at how to make the best and most productive use of their PCs and currently available software. Written in simple, nontechnical langauge, it offers tips, hints, and do's and don'ts for avoiding and coping with technical snares when changing hardware and software.

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Sub-subtitled: For IBM PC and PC compatible users, would be PC users and for those concerned with the productive use of PCs in information technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077074210
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: IBM Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

IBM Series Foreword
Foreword
Introduction
Using 'PC User's Guide'
1 In at the Deep End 1
2 The Evolution of the PC 5
3 IT - Asset or Liability? 14
4 What Can IT Do? 21
5 IT - Image Maker or Breaker? 33
6 What Software? 39
7 Developing Your Own Software 49
8 What Hardware? 53
9 What Printer? 67
10 What Other Add-ons and Add-ins? 72
11 What is: 76
12 How to: 94
13 Learning IT 118
14 Installing IT 126
15 Supporting IT 129
16 Controlling IT 132
17 Eliminating Computer Fright 149
Appendix 1: Basic Data Communications 155
Appendix 2: Networks 164
Appendix 3: Diskette Types 167
Appendix 4: The Display Standards 168
Appendix 5: Software set up for Display Adapters 172
Appendix 6: Matching Keyboard, Display and Printer 173
Appendix 7: The PC Character Sets 176
Appendix 8: IT's Type-faces 178
Appendix 9: Memory Configuration 180
Appendix 10: Mouse Installation 188
Appendix 11: Processors 189
Appendix 12: File Recovery 191
Appendix 13: File Fragmentation 195
Appendix 14: DOS Versions 197
Appendix 15: DOS's Special Characters 199
Appendix 16: DOS Command Summary 203
Appendix 17: DOS Configuration 209
Appendix 18: Creating Batch Files 215
Appendix 19: CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT Files 218
Appendix 20: Making a DOS Start Diskette 224
Appendix 21: Do's and Don'ts 225
Appendix 22: Productivity Pointers 227
Appendix 23: Inter-office Communications 229
Appendix 24: Printing What You Want - Where You Want 232
Appendix 25: When IT Doesn't Do What it Should 237
Appendix 26: Hardware Log 240
Appendix 27: Software Log 242
Appendix 28: The 'ITSystem' 243
Glossary 247
Index 255
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