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Get your daily dish of technology! The TechTV Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac, follow-up to the smash hit Poor Leo's 2002 Computer Almanac, includes such all new content as:
  • an entire page devoted to each weekday -- complete with fresh tips for Windows and Mac users, helpful laptop pointers, and more
  • expanded coverage of consumer ...
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Get your daily dish of technology! The TechTV Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac, follow-up to the smash hit Poor Leo's 2002 Computer Almanac, includes such all new content as:
  • an entire page devoted to each weekday -- complete with fresh tips for Windows and Mac users, helpful laptop pointers, and more
  • expanded coverage of consumer technologies -- Pocket PCs, MP3 players, cell phones, and other popular devices
  • Leo's witty and incisive technology essays
  • a new glossary brimming with "Leo-fied" definitions of today's self-important technology jargon
  • a unique resource section that puts Leo's Rolodex right on your desk
What's on the exclusive Barnes & Noble DVD (viewable on any DVD player): TechTV Screen Savers Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton host "TechTV's How to Build Your Own PC", complete with step-by-step instructions for selecting tools and parts, assembling all the hardware, and booting and configuring the finished machine, plus "TechTV's Solve Your Computer Problems", including tips for getting Windows to boot faster, boosting dial-up and broadband speed, sharing an Internet connection, recording audio and video to CD, protecting against viruses and hackers, and surfing anonymously. Hilarious bonus clips feature Leo as a Sumo wrestler and Patrick using a sledge hammer to "fix" a malfunctioning PC.
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If you’re fortunate enough to get TechTV on your cable system (or your dish), you’ve probably discovered Leo Laporte, the host of The Screen Savers, TechTV’s daily computer advice show. Laporte, who started out with PCs long before IBM did, ranges far and wide, offering great advice in an inimitable style -- often hilarious, sometimes downright silly, always right on target.

For a middle-aged former McDonald’s fry cook, he’s developed quite a following: On his first public appearance, in Vegas, more than 200 geeks waited in line for four hours to meet him. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the crowds swelled to 700, including folks carrying motherboards to be autographed.

Now you can get a whole year’s worth of Laporte’s best tech advice in one place: Tech TV Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac. The follow-up to his 2002 bestseller, this baby’s packed with new stuff -- a page a day, full of bizarre facts, detailed advice, quick tips, “Downloads of the Day,” and cool things you can do that you never thought possible.

Before we go any further, there’s something you need to know: Only at Barnes & and at Barnes & Noble stores can you get this exclusive DVD Edition of Tech TV Leo Laporte's 2003 Technology Almanac, containing more than two hours of digital video -- ranging from Leo’s “ultimate guide to configuring and building your own PC,” to a collection of his best tech advisories. (If your cable system doesn’t bring you Leo, here’s your chance to see what you’ve been missing. If it does, here’s your chance to capture those memorable moments that would’ve otherwise been lost forever.)

Now back to the stuff that’s in everyone's copy of the book (even those poor unfortunates who buy it somewhere else). We mentioned detailed step-by-step advice. How about a complete guide to “remastering” all your ancient LPs on CD? Or a Consumer Reports–style guide to those products that promise to fix damaged CDs? (Unfortunately, contrary to rumor, Turtle Wax car polish doesn’t work. “Wipe Out!” just might, but be careful: It’s darned toxic, and flammable to boot.)

There are plenty of great “guest contributions.” For example, the legendary digital artist Bert Monroy (whose Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy we’ve praised elsewhere) stops by with a quick primer on fixing overexposed or underexposed images in Photoshop. Mikkel Aaland, author of Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions, shows how to use Elements to eliminate redeye and restore old photos.

The goodies go on and on. You’ll learn where to find more dingbat fonts for Windows (there’s a whole site just for dingbats -- and you’re thinking, “Only one?”) Laporte tells you which high-end designer outlets now sell discontinued merchandise on the Web. How to get free shopping list software for your Pocket PC. Where to find the most reliable and current online hardware price comparisons. How to burn ISO images. How to figure out what that used car should really cost. Where to auto-generate an appropriate poem for Mother’s Day (or any other special event). How to save a bundle by mail-ordering your prescriptions from Canada.

And…where to find free intrusion detection software for Windows. How to figure out who owns someone’s Web site. How to copy your home movies to CD in VCD format. How to set up a multiboot system. How to tweak Mac OS X. How to shrink your digital photos to email-friendly size using nothing more than Microsoft Paint.

For tax time, Laporte teaches you what you need to know to deduct part or all of the cost of your new PC -- and where to do your return online for just $7.95. When Easter rolls around, he shows how to find the Easter eggs hidden in your Palm OS, in Flash 5 Player, and in Photoshop.

Get this book (at B&!) and every day, Leo and his pals will entertain you, inform you, and help you get the most out of all that silicon junk that clutters up your life. 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: 9780789728470
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/21/2002
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Edition description: DVD EDITION

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I am a technology journalist, so people often ask me what I think of the dot com collapse and the slowing sales of personal computers. I respond that it's perfectly normal. Every new technology has its ups and downs. Consider the zipper. Originally invented in 1893 by Whitcomb Judson, it was shown at the Chicago World's Fair to resounding indifference from the buttoning public. The widely-read Chicago Swinemen's Journal editorialized that "if buttons were good enough for our Lord Jesus, they ought to be good enough for you and me." That didn't stop pundits from proclaiming that the zipper would cause people to rethink how clothing was made. One well known futurist asserted that zippers would eliminate the need for clothing entirely. Another advocated the construction of a mile-long zipper to forever close the San Andreas fault. Buoyed by this reaction from those in the know, or "zipperati," Judson formed The Universal Fastener Company to manufacture and market his innovation. The company was an instant failure. The first generation zipper just wasn't easy enough to operate. Users had to study a lengthy manual before attempting to zip. The fastener jammed or "crashed" frequently and it wasn't unusual for sparks sent flying by the interlocking teeth to set small underwear fires. Despite, or perhaps because of, these adversities, zipper user groups sprang up all over the country. Members would meet regularly to discuss new designs and uses for the device. Many constructed their own zippers, competing to create the fastest, smoothest zip. Numerous innovations in liquid cooling and lubrication technologies were spawned by these early zipper experimenters. Nevertheless, the zipper remained in the realm of the hobbyist for another two decades. It wasn't until Gideon Sundbach of Hoboken, New Jersey patented a new, user-friendly design in 1913 that the zipper went mainstream. US doughboys took the new fangled fasteners into combat during World War I, introducing the zipper overseas. Popular tunes such as "It's a Long Way to Ziparary" and "Zippity Do Dah" reflected the fastener's new found fame. When President Woodrow Wilson made the controversial decision to wear zipper-fly pants to the first meeting of the League of Nations, the zipper was well and truly on its way. It's worthwhile to remember the example of the zipper when considering the future of the personal computer. It took 30 years for the zipper to become commonplace. The PC has been in use only 25. Many of the frustrations of the early zipper enthusiasts are reflected in our experiences with today's digital technology. But just like the zipper, the computer has found its place in modern society. Someday, a desk without a PC will seem just as out of place as a zipperless pair of Bruno Magli half-boots. The PC will never be perfect, but then, neither is the zipper. The PC tends to fall down on the job from time to time, and, as many of my viewers will attest, so does the zipper. But that's no reason not to reboot and zip up and head forward into the 21st century. Whitcomb Judson would have wanted it that way.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    The Shiz-nay

    I have enjoyed the TechTv program and all the help advice i obtain from Leo and the rest of the gang. This book is a first for me and i am enjoying it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Exceptional value!

    The book alone was worth the money, and then the DVD made this an exceptional value. This was a well thought out book. I am looking forward to the 2004 edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    great book!

    Haven't received the book yet but as long as it's leo Laporte it's the bomb i own the 2002 edtion already can't wait to watch the dvd and read the 2003 edtion order it today

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Worth it!! DVD is a plus

    I just got the book, and for 21 bucks the book is full of info for everyone... not just novices. I guess the 2 hr DVD was just the icing on the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002


    I have not recieved my copy though last year's one was great i think this one will be even better:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002


    I wasn't actually going to buy his book. It looked lame to me. But when he says it's for the newbies to advanced people he is right. There is some very interesting things in his book. I can't begin to mention them all. And the DVD edition is wonderful. I was trying to learn computer hardware but I never had anyone to show me. Now am 100% confident I'll know what I'm doing when I build my first PC.

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