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Windows 8 Hacks by [Gralla, Preston]
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Book Description

Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops

About the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at preston@gralla.com.


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  • File Size: 21962 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF57IL4
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Format: Paperback
I read the Nook edition of the book. First off, I'd like to advise you to buy the paperback edition. The Nook edition and possibly the Kindle edition do not have a TOC! So you can't see the list of hacks upfront, which is annoying. The book itself has good content for an intermediate to advanced user. The "hacks" range from the obvious, such as how to change account picture, to something one could easily discover on his or her own, such as how to make text and icons on the Desktop bigger, to the true "secrets," such as integrating SkyDrive more tightly with normal Windows folders. To be honest, many "hacks" are basic stuff like, gasp!, what the touch gestures are, as if users nowadays don't know what a tap or swipe is.

The biggest problem with the book is it's littered with typos. One of the early examples is the folder path c:\program data\..., where it should be c:\programdata\... without a space (this is a hidden folder)! Examples abound, and this diminishes the value of the book.
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Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Preston Gralla since I read "Windows XP Hacks" and this new book confirms his knowledge and ability to express himself with clarity and ease.
As we are all new to Windows 8 this book will be useful to everyone. The contents range from the fairly mundane and obvious such as obtaining a start button from third parties to serious editing to the registry (please do so with caution!). This book covers a multitude of potential changes that can be made to Windows 8. I use the word changes rather than improvements as not all the suggestions will suit everyone and therefore you should pick and choose the choices offered here. I was particularly happy with the chapters on "productivity" (chapter 4) and "security" (chapter 8) both contain a wealth of useful information.
This is a book I use as a reference rather than one I would read from cover to cover. Looking through the table of contents gives you an excellent overview and from there you can cherry-pick the items that interest you. For instance If you use or need information on g-mail for instance there are some very useful tips in the chapter on e-mail.
My only complaint is the choice of title; "hack" is defined as either "to break into computers" or "an inelegant but effective solution to a computer problem". Although this book tends to be the latter I think most of the tips given are anything but inelegant!
To summarize a very worthwhile and cost effective addition to your library when you venture into Windows 8.
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Format: Paperback
Windows 8 Hacks is a nifty little task-oriented volume. It is not an overview or introductory text to Microsoft's latest Operating System. And, granted, much of what is contained within these pages can be found online. However, I fall into the category of not knowing enough about Windows 8 and it's underpinnings to know what to ask the Great Google to fetch for me. So, I looked through this book and thought that it would be a great instructional guide to learning the ins and outs of customizing this OS.

As I continued to browse, I noticed that some of the hacks I was interested in require Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise to be installed on my machine. Microsoft has eliminated many of the command-line utilities we all love to use to get `under the hood' in the edition of the OS that comes installed by default on a new computer. Sadly, even the first hack, Disable Windows 8's Lock Screen, just won't work for me because gpedit.msc is not accessible on my new laptop. I feel as if I just bought a cripple-ware computer! But, enough wining.

This book contains an abundance of useful step-by-steps for making Windows 8 more efficient for you. Even more important, there are great explanations of how the particular subject of the hack works. For example, Hack 70: Hack DNS to Speed up Web Browsing (a way to speed up your web browsing using any type of connection). This hack has a succinct explanation of the Domain Name System and how to implement the free OpenDNS service on your computer and/or entire network. It's simply a matter of changing the DNS addresses in Internet Protocols on your PC or router.

Windows 8 keyboard Shortcuts are listed nicely in a table in Hack 38. This is really handy for us non-touchscreen users.
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I'm updating my initial review of this book. After my first read-through, I really wasn't impressed - and expected a lot more from the author. However, as is true with any tech book, after my 2nd and 3rd read-through I realized I was dog-earing a lot of pages. So I needed to update my review.

There are a few things I would have liked to see a better and more specific treatment, such as .reg file construction. You won't be able to build those reg files, because the single example provided is not fully explained or documented. Overall the book is fairly thorough in its coverage.

If you take care of all your own (and others) PC tech & repairs - this is definitely a book to keep on your reference shelf.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First off, the Kindle version does contain a TOC (table of contents) and has apparently fixed the typos in the file paths. Within seconds of opening this book, its usefulness became apparent. Example: I had no idea I could play Xbox 360 games on my Windows 8 laptop remotely. Same thing with DVDs, etc. Suddenly my discless laptop has new abilities. I can use the Xbox while my wife is watching TV, for example, without having to lug the unit off to the basement TV. Windows 8 user interface is a seemingly endless source of frustration for me. This book tells how to cut through it and make shortcuts (such as "My Computer") right on the start menu, where it should have been in the first place. Overall a very fun and useful quick reference. And because of the TOC, it becomes a useful tool. You don't have to read the whole thing to benefit from it. It says the book is optimized for larger screens, but it works fine on my Samsung Galaxy Note II.
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