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
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.