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Review
07.12.2011
A lot of the people I went to school with, have grandchildren (I myself am far too youthful for that, of course). And as I browse through technology-oriented blogs and websites, I have noticed that a lot of them use "grandma" as shorthand for "technologically hopeless and clueless." What does that h...
Review
06.29.2011
As the old saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. (OK, nowadays it’s more likely to begin by starting the car, but you get the idea.) Complex things are made simple if you take them one step at a time. Microsoft Office Professional 2010 is the most full-featured vers...
Review
06.08.2011
There’s a saying that goes something like "To err is human. To really mess things up requires a computer." I think just about anyone who’s ever used a computer has occasionally felt like, well, a dummy—especially when confronted with something that only makes sense to computer programmers or high le...
Review
05.13.2011
In my review of Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple, I noted that that book took a bare-bones approach, and there were other books that could give a more complete look at Office 2010 for those of us who wanted a lot more information. So—is a simplified book not what you need? Do you want a good...
Review
05.08.2011
Recently, we had a dilemma: how can we give free access to the book we published, to our 7 Tutorials readers, and also spread a bit the word about the book? Then, “lightening” struck in a rainy day here in Bucharest and we finally found the answer. Read on to find out more about how you can get our...
Review
05.06.2011
Windows 7 and Office 2010 for Dummies - Book + DVD Bundle, a book for the user who doesn’t want to spend too much time in front of the computer and just wants to finish his work quickly, in order to “move on to something more important”.That’s what the authors say in the introduction to this just-ov...
Review
04.26.2011
If you’ve been reading my reviews, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of the printed software manual and not at all enthusiastic about help files and manuals in .pdf format. And I’ve mentioned that Microsoft’s manuals used to be among the best. Microsoft’s printed manuals are no more, but the...
Review
04.11.2011
Never has this happened to me before: I start to review this book and I have the final verdict clearly shaped into my mind after only 3 minutes. Ironically, that only made the task more difficult, as I had to make a great effort to lose the preconception, stop thinking about how to gift-wrap this fo...
Review
04.03.2011
Have you ever walked through a bookstore or a public library and wondered why there are so many books that try to explain software and hardware? There’s definitely a reason for that. The printed manual is, for the most part, extinct. And people still want to know how things work. Years ago, Microsof...
Review
03.09.2011
Has there ever been an operating system that wasn’t annoying? From the day I first used a keypunch machine to make cards for a wheezy old IBM mainframe, through the bizarre syntax used by Commodores, through CP/M’s “you don’t have to be a programmer to get this, but it helps” command structure, thro...
Review
03.02.2011
There’s an old joke that goes: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. For many people, setting up a home network is truly the elephant in the room. It’s nowhere near as difficult as it used to be, when you had to buy extra software and hardware and learn a lot of arcane new commands before...
Review
02.23.2011
Wireless is, as the authors of this book state from the first paragraph, everywhere these days. It’s incorporated not only your computer, but in your phone, printer and other devices that are close to your heart. If you’re sick of tripping on the cables lying around in your home, or of the fact that...