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Just Say No to Microsoft: How to Ditch Microsoft and Why It's Not as Hard as You Think 1st Edition

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"A great job . . . explaining why one should keep away from Microsoft products on a technical, moral, and even philosophical level." -- Linux Magazine, May 2006

"An entertaining and useful read, and definitely something for Mac advocates everywhere to share with their PC-using pals." -- Apple Lust, April 7, 2006

"Every Microsoft engineer . . . should read it . . . to Tony Bove, you never expected an endorsement from a Microsoft employee, did you?" -- The Scobleizer, January 8, 2006

"Excellent, fun and easy to read . . . informative, inspiring, and has a 'free software, yay!' vibe about it." -- Free Software Magazine

"Offers a well-rounded total overview . . . examining wider cultural and historical issues as well as pursuing practical alternatives." -- Linux User & Developer

"Presents an unusually rational argument for getting Microsoft off computers . . . even Microsoft fanatics will learn more . . . from this book." -- Kickstart News, February 2006

About the Author

Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes are the authors of more than a dozen books on computing, desktop publishing, and multimedia. Tony is also a composer and touring musician.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270643
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony Bove has written more than two dozen books on computing, desktop publishing, and multimedia. Tony not only provides free tips about the iPad-iPod-iPhone-iTunes ecosystem on his Web site (, but also published an iPhone application (Tony's Tips for iPhone Users).

Referred to as "the Isaac Asimov of tech publishing," Tony founded Desktop Publishing/Publish magazine and the Inside Report on New Media newsletter, and wrote the weekly Macintosh column for Computer Currents for over a decade, as well as articles for NeXTWORLD, the Chicago Tribune Sunday Technology Section, and NewMedia.

Tracing the personal computer revolution back to the 1960s counterculture, Tony produced a CD-ROM interactive documentary in 1996, Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties (featuring music from the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane). He also developed the Rockument music site,, with commentary and podcasts focused on rock music history.

As a founding member of the Flying Other Brothers, which toured professionally and released three commercial CDs, Tony performed with Hall of Fame rock musicians. Tony has also worked as a director of enterprise marketing for leading-edge software companies, as a marketing messaging consultant, and as a communications director and technical publications manager.

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on November 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
It doesn't matter if you are a committed Microsoftie, someone who dumped their OS years ago, or someone just starting to get tired of putting up with the problems of viruses and never ending expense: this is a great book for anyone.

I noticed another reviewer complaining about inaccuracies and Microsoft bashing: actually I think the author worked hard to avoid any of that, but unfortunately just telling simple truths about Microsoft does look like bashing: it's impossible to avoid.

Easy to read, fun, and packed with historical information. Even if you have no interest at all in switching, you will enjoy this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2006
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Contrary to what it may seem, there *are* viable alternatives to Microsoft. Tony Bove strongly suggests you adopt them in his book Just Say No To Microsoft - How To Ditch Microsoft And Why It's Not As Hard As You Think.


Part 1 - You Say You Want A Revolution: Playing Monopoly Is No Longer Fun; All You Need Is A Mac; Linux - Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Part 2 - Rehab For Your Microsoft Addiction: Slay the Word and You'll Be Free; De-Microsoft Your Office; Media Lib - Microsoft-Free Music and Video

Part 3 - The Whole Network Is Watching: The Message Is The Medium for Infections; This LAN Is Your LAN; Browsers and Your Own Private Identity

Part 4 - Getting On With Your Computer Life: Twelve Steps to Freedom from Microsoft; Where Do You Want to Go Tomorrow?; The Truth Is Out There; Citations; Index

If you're a Mac fan or a Linux fan, you'll most likely agree with everything Bove says. He is rabidly anti-Microsoft, and has little to say that's good about the company. Microsoft's cash cow software, the Windows operating system and Office, is drawn and quartered as being overpriced and buggy. The alternatives are to use either Mac's OS X or a Linux desktop distribution. As far as Office, he makes the strong case that the free suite will allow the vast majority of the users to do 100% of everything they're used to doing, with virtually no learning curve. Browsers? Protect your computer, dump IE, and go with Firefox. The net effect of all these suggestions is to have an environment that costs far less than comparable Microsoft offerings, as well as having a more secure computing experience.

By no means is the author even-handed in his comparisons.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andy Kaufman on November 27, 2005
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As a user of Microsoft products, I found that this book points out many of the problems and failures of Microsoft while offering an alternative that works a whole lot better.

By creating humorous examples that parody Microsoft's configuration and options, the author has turned techno-babble into an entertaining and enjoyable read.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking for an alternative operating environment and for everyone who is frustrated with Microsoft products. You won't find a more interesting and entertaining computer book on the market today.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 17, 2006
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Tony Bove's JUST SAY NO TO MICROSOFT: HOW TO DITCH MICROSOFT AND WHY IT'S NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK is for any who have doubts about Microsoft's products and patches. Introductory chapters cover all its flaws and move on to explain how one's PC can be liberated from Microsoft products entirely. Chapters provide background history of Microsoft, detail its practices which have discouraged innovation and competition, and explains how competing operating systems work and how users can obtain and use these systems. Finally: a clear history and explanation of Microsoft's pitfalls and how to overcome them - by switching to an alternative that works.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on November 24, 2005
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Tony Bove's 'Just Say No To Microsoft' reads like a book that features an author who hates how Microsoft has taken over the world. The obvious response to this statement is "who hasn't?" From it's very beginnings when it sold to IBM an operating system that didn't yet exist, Microsoft has played by only one rule: only the strong survive. It's this belief that has made Microsoft quite possibly the strongest company since the steel companies of the early 20th century, and its this belief that keeps Microsoft in the front of the pack today. Whether you like them or not, if you use a computer on a daily basis you will find it hard to avoid using Microsoft products, but that is exactly what the authors tries to point out in this book, that you don't need to use Microsoft in order to be productive.

While the author spends a lot of time focusing on the Macintosh and Linux to avoid the scourge that is the mighty Microsoft, my favorite part of this book and what I think makes this a great read is the history contained within. Discussing the roots of Microsoft's birth and how common applications like Word and Excel go to where they are today is the centerpiece of this book. While I agree that users CAN live in a Microsoft-free world, I also believe that the latest XP operating systems and the Office suite are tools only to be avoided due to reasons of cost and if you are outright sickened by the control that Microsoft has and cannot take it any more.

This is an entertaining read and I think this general entertainment is the focus group of who this book should be for. If you don't want to go the Microsoft route you probably already have substitute applications in mind so I don't think that much can be learned about how to avoid Microsoft, more how we go to where we are today (and it's a fascinating journey).

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