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The First Week with My New PC: A Very Basic Guide for Mature Adults and Everyone who Wants to Get Connected (Capital First Week) Paperback – October 1, 2000

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"Lessing smartly limits the number of topics . . .extremely basic and practical." -- Library Journal

“Lessing coats her simplifications with humor, and achieves considerable clarity in these instructions.” -- Dallas Morning News

“Packed with fine basics in simple language that any can readily understand." -- Midwest Book Review

“Questions are answered before they even arise . . .the key to the book is the fluid style and friendly hints.” --Computer Link

About the Author

Pamela R. Lessing has had a very diverse career as a librarian, art consultant, member of various advisory boards of numerous non-profits, a member of the Trustee’s Council of the University of Rochester and a member of its visiting committee evaluating the College. She is the author of The First Week With My New PC (Capital Books, 2000), The First Week with My New iMac (Capital Books,2001), The First Week with My New Digital Organizer (Capital Books, 2002), and The First Week with My New Digital Camera (Capital Books, 2003).
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Product Details

  • Series: Capital First Week
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892123223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892123220
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're like me you've been spending a lot of time on the phone trying to get your parents hooked up and diagnosing their computer problems and questions via long distance. This book will reduce your phone bills! It even answers the questions your parents are too embarrassed to ask you! Great humor and down to earth instructions for anyone new to computing. Very well thought out as to the type of "problems" new users may run into ("Where is the "any" key? The computer keeps asking me to hit any key."). I highly recommend!
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The BEST guide for PC users and for people helping others with their computers. It not only gives simple to follow instructions for doing the basic computer tasks, but also does it with a lot of humor. Really funny in unusual ways and a great read -- the flow of the book is logical. Everything relates easily to what one primarily wants to do with a computer. This book takes the fear out of working on the new machine. It answers questions that the other books do not even consider as important to the inexperienced and also the experienced computer user. The glossary is the most complete one I have every seen. The index is really good and helps you find the the things you need easily, without having to know a lot of computer terms. The appendices are truly helpful divisions of information. The best part is the step-by-step chapter in the back for each task. I wish I had this book when my mother got her computer as it would have saved me a lot of time on the telephone. This is the pre-dummies and pre-idiots book that we all really need.
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I bought this book and a dummies book for my 73 year old father who had never used a computer in his life before. He read both and learned more, and faster from this book - First Week with My New PC. His comment was that this book was the one geared to the complete newbie. He felt that the dummies book required a knowledge base that he, as a brand new user, did not yet have! Definitely highly recommended!
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I bought this as a Father's Day gift for my 89 year old father. He got a new computer and was completely overwhelmed. After attempting to read several other computer books he was about to give up. He is thrilled with this one and is very excited about using the computer again. He said "Finally, a book written in clear, easy-to-understand language that I can follow. This is the best!"
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While The First Week With My New PC was written for the author's 85-year-old mother who is now a PC master, it can be enjoyed by any - including business managers who have resisted the lure of the computer screen. From how to watch the stock market and produce a document to emailing and formatting work, this is packed with fine basics in simple language any can readily understand.
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