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Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. A born geek, he built his first computer in 1976 with 256 bytes of memory, toggle switches, and no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.
Barbara Fritchman Thompson, the coauthor of Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell, worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions. She's also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.
WONDERFUL book! 378pp of good stuff from people who have experienced the learning curve from beginning to advanced. Read morePublished 10 days ago by THOMAS DEY
It has sooo much useful information! I was pleasantly surprised on how many tips the author packed into this book. A must have.Published 10 months ago by alfie fernandez
I was taking this book out of the Library quite frequently. Finally decided to just buy it and add it to my personal collection. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Murry Prankster
There is some useful information in this book, but overall I wish I hadn't invested the money and time in it - it's the first lemon I've read from the O'Reilly "Hacks" series. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. Pettengill
At first I was unsure as to whether to buy this book. I am glad I did. Although I have over forty years of observing under my belt, I always enjoy reading about our hobby. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William A. Llano
This Google Hacks book was purchased second-hand - I didn't think much of it when it originally came out. I thought "What could Google tell me about the stars? Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Joseph T. Page II
This book covers the little things that the other books seem to miss. The authors tell you about dressing for colder temperatures than the thermometer shows because you are not... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Rusty Hill
I've been interested in amateur astronomy for over twenty years, have a large collection of astronomy books, and have read far more than I've collected. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Jerome Beck