- Series: Independent General Use
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735606374
- ISBN-13: 978-0735606371
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,528,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grown-Up's Guide to Computing (Independent General Use) Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Grown Up's Guide to Computing offers some good advice about what a personal computer and a connection to the Internet can do for you--especially if you are an adult without a lot of computer experience.
Authors Mary Furlong and Stefan B. Lipson offer some valuable reasons why you would want to get a personal computer and then proceed to explain how to buy, set up, and do useful work on your own PC. Readers find out about software applications (such as Microsoft Word, which you can use to write letters) and Internet resources (like electronic mail [e-mail] and the Web).
While the authors don't really succeed in using words alone to explain graphical concepts--like how a mouse works--they do communicate a number of valuable facts describing how computers function and what you can do with them.
Microsoft Press, this book's publisher, is a business unit of Microsoft Corporation, the software titan. Grown-Up's Guide to Computing shows a strong Microsoft bias, notably in its neglect of Apple Computer's iMac, a stylish, inexpensive computer that many experts say is the best way for home users to start computing and get connected to the Internet. The information presented here is worthwhile--but be aware that there's more to personal computing than Microsoft products. --David Wall
From Library Journal
Growing numbers of seniors are discovering the world of personal computing, but buying a computer can be a daunting experience for newcomers. Furlong, the founder of the SeniorNet Foundation and a noted advocate on computing for the elderly, and Lipson offer an excellent introduction to personal computers for those who want to purchase a system and get it up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible without having to wade through a lot of jargon. Beginning with profiles of older computer enthusiasts to inspire new users, this book provides a clear guide to purchasing and learning a new system, with lots of illustrations, tips, and basic explanations of IBM hardware and Windows-based software products. However, the bias toward Microsoft makes the "Ten-Minute Recipes," which introduce such tasks as e-mail, desktop publishing, and accounting, useless to those not using Windows 98. Still, given the popularity of Microsoft products, this book is useful for computer collections.AKaren McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Computing for Seniors 101 is a great anaology of this book. It eases their fears and intimidations.
I highly recommend this book to take the confusion out of learning computers for Seniors.