Buying a Computer For Dummies 2005 EditionNew
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CPU, Ghz, Mhz, DIMMS, RAM, ROM, AGP, ISA, PCI, USB, CRT, LCD, NIC, CCD, CIS, DP, Kbps. What do all of these acronyms mean? Are you baffled by computer technology and technology? Intimidated by computer salespeople who grimace or grin when you say “gizmo?” Buying a Computer For Dummies 2005 Edition gives you the ABCs of buying a computer. You don’t have to be able to talk tech; you just have to know what you want and how to get it. This guide turns evaluating the mind-boggling options into a simple five-step process, complete with software and hardware worksheets to help you pick a computer just for you. You’ll discover how to:
Choose the right software for your needs Pick the right peripherals, including monitor, printer, scanner, modem, keyboard, and more Spend “extra” money strategically to get more computer power for your buck Choose disk drives, including info on CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy, Zip, and flash memory cards Be sure you get support Written by Dan Gookin, the author of DOS for Dummies, the bestseller that spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, plus many other For Dummies big sellers, Buying a Computer For Dummies is updated to incorporate the latest technologies. It covers processor upgrades, flat panel displays, new peripherals, laptops, tablet PCs, wireless systems, and more. You’ll find information on:
Choosing a digital camera and getting images from it into your computer Getting a network card (NIC) for a broadband modem if you want the fastest Internet connection Making the right decisions: CRT or LCD monitor? Laser printer or ink jet? Wired network or wireless? Software for word processing, databases, desktop publishing, home budgeting, spreadsheets, graphics. and more Essential utilities, including antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software It also arms you with important questions to ask a dealer and warning signs to look for in ads or sales pitches. Whether you are buying your very first computer, considering upgrading your current system, or replacing a system that’s outdated by today’s standards, this guide gets you past the jargon and into the wise buying mode. ASAP. PDQ.
Oh, and it also tells you what all of the acronyms at the top stand for!
From the Back Cover Start here – what do you want your computer to do? Here’s how to find your dream computer system without staying awake nights
Forget the horror stories – buying a computer does not have to be scary! Dan Gookin’s proven five-step process deletes the fear factor, even with today’s PC bells and whistles. You’ll be able to walk into intimidating electronics superstores and emerge without a scratch, carrying the computer of your dreams (well, you may want to have it delivered).
Discover how to:
Choose the right software for your needs Locate support and service Pick peripherals Understand speed, memory, and storage Decide whether to buy online Get the most for your money The Dummies Way
Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun
About the Author Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for 20 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written more than 90 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate. He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than 14 million titles translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work. Perhaps Dan’s most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world’s fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times number-one best seller (although, because it’s a reference book, it could not be listed on the NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day. Dan’s most recent titles include PCs For Dummies, 9th Edition; C All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies; Dan Gookin’s Naked Windows XP; and Dan Gookin’s Naked Office. He also publishes a free weekly computer newsletter, “Weekly Wambooli Salad,” full of tips, how-tos, and computer news. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web page www.wambooli.com. Dan holds a degree in communications and visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his four boys in the gentle woods of Idaho.