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Product Details

  • Series: Idg's 3-D Visual
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc; 2nd edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568846762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568846767
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,466,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

IDG and maranGraphics have come very close to the ideal "superdummy" format with Computers Simplified, Fourth Edition. This book explains personal computing technology to the complete neophyte, but unlike many books for nervous newbies, this one manages to provide a complete picture without drowning the reader in details.

This book does not cover the actual use of a personal computer--you won't find any explanations of how to manipulate a mouse or what the Windows 98 Start button does. Rather, Computers Simplified gives an overview of personal computing technology, from the components that make up an IBM-standard PC to the Internet and Web. After reading this heavily illustrated book, readers will know which aspects of computing interest them, and what they should look into next.

The great thing about Computers Simplified is that it explains pretty much everything a new user will wonder about. For example, even though digital cameras are a relatively new phenomenon, novices will have heard about them and want to know what they can do. This is also true for Zip drives, palm-size computers, scanners, fax software, Windows NT, and dozens of other aspects of personal computers that elementary books traditionally have neglected. Computers Simplified is like a child's science book in that it mentions lots of advanced stuff, but explains it in basic terms. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Are you new to computers? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You're holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to computers — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book, follow the friendly disk character — and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.
  • Full-color illustrations demonstrate each concept or task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through the basics
  • Self contained lessons make learning a snap
  • Jargon-free captions offer practical tips and tricks
Simplified® "I spent many hours looking for just the right book. This is that book! One picture is worth a thousand words. This book is the best computer book I have found; it should be on everyone's shelf." — Larry Ruckert (Ocean Pines, MD) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really do owe the author of this book, as well as the book salesperson who included this book, without my asking, with two other books on computers which I had asked be held for me at a local bookstore for me ( all three of which I picked up later), many thanks, because I did not know that I needed this book and I absolutley did. At the time I was thinking of buying a computer for the fist time, knowing very little about computers at all, and this book provided me with information that I absolutey needed in order to make an informed choice about what kind of computer to buy. I am very happy with my purchase and don't know what I would have done without this book. The book provides a good overview of computers including hardware and software, how computers work, bytes, and types of computer systems(PC-personal computer, Macintosh, mainframe, set-top box) and then, using very helpful graphics-a typical computer, as well as operating systms, 9 pages on the Macintosh, plus a very nice introductions to the internet and web,including what the internet offers, e-mail, getting connected, web browser, multimedia on the web, web portal, children on the web, web pages and shopping, ), as well as buying a computer (considerations such as cost, Brand-name and clone,and after sale-service), upgrade(condsiderations such as cost and effective upgrades), mouse, keyboard, input and output, printer (ink-jet and laser),modem, processing ( memory-memory size, program requirements, memory chips, virtual memory,ROM and CPU, Memory Cache and Bus). If you are thinking of buying a computer, especally if you are new to computers, but even if you are not, I really can't recommend this book enough to help you in making your decision. The edition of this book that I have is the Fourth Edition © 1998 and it only goes up to the Windows 98 operating system and Windows NT in Windows and Mac OS 8 in Macintosh (UNIX is also covered, as is MS-DOS), however. It's time for a new edition.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
A friend was taking a computer class for new users and was told by the instructor that the class would use this book. I looked at it and bought a copy. I am an experienced computer user (Macintosh, Windows, Unix, Linux, Java, HTML, Office, Netscape, Explorer, Perl, etc.) and this book taught me so much! I learned about the workings of computers. Before I read this book, I know how to use computers, but not too much about how computers worked.
I bought a Windows computer recently from a customized computer store. Thanks to this book's teaching me about the components of computers, I knew just what to buy and ordered with confidence. At the end, when I was deciding what to do about speakers, the dealer showed me some wildly powerful units. I looked in the book and told the dealer I needed two 10-30 watt speakers. The dealer sold me a pair of sixty watt speakers. My advice to you is get sixty watt speakers even though the book mentions thirty watt speakers. I suppose that's my one gripe with the book.
If an experienced user can learn so much from this book, a new computer user will definitely think of this book as five-star. This book is very easy to understand; there is simple language and the explanations are given step-by-step. Computers Simplified is a great reference. If you want to learn hypertext markup language or something else, go to the amazon.com Home Page, follow the links to Books, type in Computers Simplified, and take a look at the results. I recommend Creating Web Pages Simplified and agree with Amy Brazo about this book cutting through all the jargon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Uldall on May 14, 2001
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I bought this to help my clients and friends that aren't techie at all. They own a computer and want to know more but the volumes of reading that can be done is overwhelming for many. I am a Microsoft Professional and I really enjoyed reading this from cover to cover. I found the information within to be accurate, informative, fun and fast. In fact while on vacation 2 of my relatives, who liked it as much as I did, bought it (with me in the store to be sure they found the right book)!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to give to computer 'newbies' . I gave it to my parents who are buying a computer for the first time, they have never been on the internet, and barely know how to use the mouse. It explains things very well. It covers the basics without being too simplistic. Its an 'easy' read that doesn't intimidate computer 'newbies'. It does a great job explaining hard drives, RAM, chip sets, bus speed, modems, etc. It even tells how to make sure your phone is properly set up for the Internet - like turning off call-waiting. The illustrations are great! This is a great book to help a person decipher all the computer talk when it comes to buying a computer for the first time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I started a Computer Tutor Service in Ocean Pines, MD and wanted to get a easy book to read and understand for my clients. I spent many hours looking for just the right book. This is that book! I even learned a few things myself. Now I have a few copies and when someone doesn't understand something, one picture is worth a thousand words, I just loan them the book. Many clients buy it as a reference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cornelia L. Acton (connieact@aol.com) on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a computer teacher of older adults, the "simplified" books are excellent for beginning students. I would like fewer "cutesy" graphics, but the information is good, and it works well for beginning students.
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