From the Back Cover
Flat display? Satellite modem? What do YOU need?
Decide what you want your computer to do, and then pick the parts that get you there
If your top priority is cool multimedia, you have different computer needs from your pal who can’t wait to play games online. Follow Dan’s proven system, and you’ll come out with the right stuff, buy it from a reliable source that offers the support you need, put it all together, and become PC-savvy without the headaches!
Discover how to
Determine what software you need
Choose the hardware that runs it best
Shop for service and support
Pick the peripherals for what you want to do
Decide between laptops and desktops
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
100 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 Laptops For Dummies; PCs For Dummies, 10th
Edition; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies, 2nd Edition; Power Excel &
Word; and eBay Photos That Sell. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web
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 and on the temperate
blue lakes of Idaho.