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TechTV Leo Laporte's 2004 Technology Almanac

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by Leo Laporte, Megan Morrone (With)
 

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In this volume, Leo Laporte and his co-hosts at The Screen Savers TV show provide a year’s worth of anecdotes, tips, factoids, and musings about the machines at the center of our lives. A page is devoted to each day of the year, and each page includes several elements: typically a single-topic essay that takes up most of the page (on subjects

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In this volume, Leo Laporte and his co-hosts at The Screen Savers TV show provide a year’s worth of anecdotes, tips, factoids, and musings about the machines at the center of our lives. A page is devoted to each day of the year, and each page includes several elements: typically a single-topic essay that takes up most of the page (on subjects as varied as ergonomics, Easter eggs in popular programs, processor overclocking, and discount-travel Web sites), and hints, tips, references to worthwhile software, and goofy trivia. As you make your way through the year, you’ll discover how to keep PC hassles to a minimum while learning something about technology and its impact on society-all delivered with the wit and wisdom of your favorite stars from The Screen Savers!

For Barnes & Noble customers only: BONUS DVD includes 90 minutes of classic moments in The Screen Savers history. Leo, Patrick and the rest of the gang are wild and crazy geeks— unplugged and uncensored, just the way readers like them. View cool guest stars, thrilling computer projects, and even a few hilarious mishaps along the way.

About the Author:

TechTV’s The Screen Savers—a daily live variety show hosted by Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton—features guest interviews and celebrities, remote field pieces, product advice and demos, and software reviews. Each day, viewers are invited to join in the fun by calling-in with their questions and comments via TechTV’s Intel Netcam Network, email, and telephone calls. Each show delivers the ins and outs of technology with helpful tricks of the trade and live product demonstrations.

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If you get TechTV, you’ve probably discovered The Screen Savers, the network’s daily tech advice show. Hosted by Leo Laporte, who started out with PCs long before IBM did, the show ranges far and wide, offering a pleasing potpourri of enlightenment, real-world advice, and occasional outright hilarity.

Now you can get a whole year’s worth of Laporte’s best tech advice in one place: Tech TV Leo Laporte’s 2004 Technology Almanac, Barnes & Noble Edition. The follow-up to his 2003 bestseller, this book’s packed with new stuff from Leo, co-host Patrick Norton, and the rest of the Screen Savers gang. Here’s a page a day of authoritative advice, quick tips, downloads, and cool stuff you never knew you could do.

Buy it at Barnes & Noble.com, and you’ll get something nobody else gets. It’s a DVD packed with more than 90 minutes of digital video: the best of last year’s shows. (Don’t get TechTV? Here’s your chance to see what you’ve been missing.)

But, back to the book: January kicks off with practical resolutions for making your old computer new again (system maintenance, tweaking, and, of course, backup). By January 3rd, you’re discovering nifty system profilers and tweakers, from the PC Pitstop web site to Motherboard Monitor (just how hot are you running?).

You’ll find data deletion tools that work way better than reformat (but not quite as well as a sledgehammer); freeware that’ll help you trash your dead Web favorites; even tips for cleaning scratched CDs (try baking soda toothpaste, but never wipe in a circular pattern.)

It’s February, maybe it’s nasty out, so the TechTV gang focuses on -- what else? -- games and entertainment. Here’s everything from frag fests to virtual cow tossing, LAN parties to retro game emulators... and, if you’re really bored, Windows Solitaire cheats. Oh, and a preview of what could be the next massively multiplayer mania: there.com.

March’s entries are focused on staying safe on and off the Web: identity theft prevention tips, notebook PC anti-theft software and devices; security guidelines for always-on broadband connections; password-protecting your Microsoft Office files; spyware detectors; Wi-Fi security; even Netcam home surveillance systems that let you check out your house over the Internet.

April? Using tech to manage your life (from TV time-shifting with PVRs to online banking and diet tracking. July, vacation time: a full month of family photography tips. September? Back to school with your PC. November? Troubleshooting (we bet you won’t wait 11 months to read it.)

Get this book (at B&N!) and every day, Leo and his pals will entertain you, inform you, and help you make the most of all your silicon junk. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735714045
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
09/16/2003
Edition description:
Book & DVD
Pages:
459
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 1.00(h) x 9.10(d)

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TechTV Leo Laporte's 2004 Technology Almanac 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Loved this Book, It was really entertaining to read and also nice and easy to follow the Book. It has great Hints and lots of Info. Great Job Leo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found alot of interesting stuff in this book like 12 full pages of websites, x box mod chips and places to buy computer software and all that. e-mail me if u feel the same i want to hear from yall
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been buying Leo's book 3 years running, and I am very let down this year. Tons of fluff, BIG cartoon-ish images, and silly lists (favorite dinosaur games?) In the past, it had information I could actually use, but not this year. Seems they concentrated more on how it looks than what is actually in it. I did get the PC Magazine Technology Almanac as well, which is not quite as pretty, but certainly has more meat to it, and the topics are practical - things I can actually use. Plus it comes with a free subscription, a nice bonus. If you like Leo's sillyness, you will probably enjoy this year's edition. But if you are hoping for real practical, useful advice, skip this one. Maybe next year...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This latest edition of Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac is perhaps the best of the three. Contributors include the cast of Leo's popular Screen Savers program and Call for Help. Like previous years' books, it is organized on a day by day basis. He has helpful tips and downloads. It covers both Mac and PC and well as Mac OSX, Windows and Linux. It is written in simple language, making it easy to understand for both newbies and pros.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know the book was just finished on Friday, but I can not wait for the release in the fall...