Got a new PC this fall? Getting one for the holidays? Or maybe your great aunt is finally joining the digital revolution? We've got the accessory that really ought to come standard: PCs for Dummies, Eighth Edition. Dan Gookin invented the For Dummies series, and over a decade later, there's still nobody you'd rather learn PCs from.
Of course, there's plenty of new technology to cover in this edition (which is one reason this might be just the right book even if you've been a casual PC user for years already). Gookin has added about 80 entirely new pages: new coverage of Windows XP, 2000, and Me; new stuff on USB and on your digital camcorder's FireWire interface; flat-panel monitors, CD burners, digital cameras, and lots of new Internet coverage -- including a full chapter on using Outlook Express as your email software.
Gookin nails the nitty-gritty stuff: how to switch your mouse for lefties, what computer game ratings mean, how to adjust your monitor, where you can't get viruses from. There's also a good deal of simple troubleshooting -- including the solution to the ever-popular "I accidentally moved my taskbar and now I can't put it back" problem (Tip: in Windows XP, you can lock your taskbar in place. About time!) (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.