The Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing: With CDROM

The Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing: With CDROM

by Bill Camarda
     
 

The indispensable shopper's guide for every computer user!

Don't waste another dime! Whether you're a PC or Mac user, a novice or an expert, The Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing can save you a fortune.

Discover 300+ great low-cost sources for hardware, software, peripherals, even Internet services. And learn the insider's buying tips salespeople

See more details below

Overview

The indispensable shopper's guide for every computer user!

Don't waste another dime! Whether you're a PC or Mac user, a novice or an expert, The Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing can save you a fortune.

Discover 300+ great low-cost sources for hardware, software, peripherals, even Internet services. And learn the insider's buying tips salespeople never tell you…

  • Save big buying "almost-new" PCs
  • 50-70% software discounts: are you eligible?
  • The multimillionaire who's giving away free E-mail accounts
  • "Great deal" strategies for online auctions
  • Never pay for another floppy diskette!

With the Cheapskate's Guide, you'll never be ripped off! Discover…

  • What you must know about buying mail order
  • Slippery fine print in PC warranties
  • Hardware and software upgrades to avoid
  • 12 steps for evaluating a used PC
  • Tough questions for Internet service providers

There's more! 75 top tightwad Web sites. Low-cost repairs you really can do yourself. Why faster CD-ROMs aren't always better. Big savings on printer cartridges. Dirt-cheap 19Ó monitors. $50 home networks. You get a CD-ROM library of the world's best freeware and shareware for Windows 95, 3.x, Mac and DOS…word processors, spreadsheets, PIMs, graphics and Web tools, edutainment--even a Web page linked directly to your best online sources!

The Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing: 500 pages stuffed with buying tips, great sources, and more. There's never been anything like it. Don't buy without it!

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780137564040
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
09/23/1997
Edition description:
BK&CD ROM
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.46(d)

Read an Excerpt

PREFACE: Introduction
This book is for you, if

  • You want, need, or already have a computer.
  • You believe in the value of a dollar—and you think it is vaguely (or explicitly!) immoral to waste money.
    Computers are extraordinary tools, and for some of us, they are awesome fun, too. It really doesn't matter whether you're simply trying to get the job done, or you actually like noodling around with computers: There's still no excuse to waste one hard-earned dime.
    The fact is, nowadays you can find awesome technology dirt-cheap. And there's some technology that isn't worth buying at any price, no matter how slick the advertising is.
    That's what this book is about: Helping you figure out what you really need and then showing you how to get it at the lowest possible cost.

    How This Cheapskate's Guide Will Save You Money In this book, I'll show you exactly how (and where) to shop for the best deals in

    • Computers
    • Software
    • Peripherals
    • Internet and other on-line services
    • Accessories and consumables
      I'll also show you what to watch out for—and what new technologies aren't all they're cracked up to be.
      Then I'll show you how to make the most of what you may already have. It's amazing how many people buy expensive software when their computers came with software that will do the job they need, at no additional cost.
      And on the accompanying Cheapskate's CD-ROM, you'll find a comprehensive library of Windows, Macintosh, and DOS shareware and freeware. When you don't have the right software, look here first, before youvisit your local computer store. This disk could contain practically all the software you'll ever need.
      You'll also find a Web page you can use with your Internet connection and Web browser to link to some of the world's best sources of inexpensive (or free) computer stuff. It will also link to our own Cheapskate's Web site—with up-to-date information on the world's best computer bargains.
      Speaking of the Internet, you'll find a lot more Internet resources in this book than I ever expected when I started writing. It turns out that, for the Cheapskates among us, the Internet is heaven on earth. I often wonder how long it can last—getting all that stuff for free on-line. Free software. Free information. You name it: While it's there, I say grab it.
      Things change fast in this business. I've tried my best to focus on sound buying principles and avoid using examples that will be out of date by the time you read the book, but inevitably some of the specific deals and prices I'll mention may change. We'll try to keep you updated as best we can on our Web site, nis.net/~bcamarda/cheapskt.htm.
      Whether you're a novice or an old hand, a PC user or a Mac aficionado, this book is designed to help you get more for your computing money. I hope you'll let me know how well I've succeeded. If you have good sources I haven't mentioned, tell me about them. I'd also like to hear about your experiences with the companies and buying techniques discussed in this book. Just e-mail me at bcamarda@nisnet.
      Thanks for investing your hard-earned dime in Cheapskate's Guide to Bargain Computing. I sincerely hope you'll come to depend on this book as your ongoing resource for getting the best value in everything computer related.

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >