Media praise for Windows XP Pocket Reference
"Coping with XP: The Windows XP operating system must be called XP to signify eXasPerating. Two books, both published by O'Reilly, can help. Check out David A. Karp's 'Windows XP Pocket Reference' ($12.95) and 'PC Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer' ($19.95) by Steve Bass. "
"[Consumers] will find the fine 'pocket references' produced by O'Reilly to be compact and affordable."
-- , The Computer Shelf: Midwest Book Review
--Larry Blasko, Associated Press, December 2003
"Microsoft's web site chirps that 'Windows XP Home Edition' allows you to 'Experience more than you thought possible with your home computer and the Internet.' Experienced Windows users know that doesn't necessarily guarantee a good experience, and there's a thriving industry in publishing books that help users get useful work out of their systems. But most of these books run hundreds and hundreds of pages and can double as workout weights. And don't forget that they cost between $30 and $50. Which is why David A. Karp's 'Windows XP Pocket Reference' (O'Reilly, $12.95) is so worth a look. To begin, it fits into the breast pocket of a man's dress shirt, and runs to just 181 pages. The focus of the book, and the reason it can be both thorough and portable is that it concentrates on practice and pretty much skips theory. Many computer books hold forth endlessly on what is really happening when all those electrons play tag. This is primarily designed to display the author's exceptional grasp of the physics and mechanics and his or her great skill at putting it into simple explanations for the rest of us. If new car manuals were written that way, they would begin with lengthy explorations of the principles of internal combustion. But the auto makers know we all just want to see which is the ignition key, and how you turn on the air conditioner. For Windows XP, Karp knows that too. Opening with a 10-page crash course in XP basic, the book covers shortcuts, components, settings, registry tweaks, command prompts and security settings. It's the sort of thing you want near your machine."--Larry Blasko, Associated Press, March 10, 2003
"If you are not familiar with Windows XP or you wish you knew more, then this is the quick reference for you...The components of Windows XP are explained, shown their location, and usage in alphabetical order...I highly recommend this pocket reference to everyone running Windows XP."
--Bob Elgines, The Colorado River Computer Club, July 2003
"As always, David Karp's writing is clear, concise, and often amusing, and he's brought much of his 'Annoyances' insite into this smaller volume...This is a great quick reference for those already familiar with Windows, as well as first time users, and for anyone who wants to get the most out of Windows XP without having to wade through long, technical discussions."
--Babette Bloch, Golden Gate Computer Society, April 2003
"This little book is packed with information that can easily be found and used to enhance our computer and it its use more pleasurable. David Karp has done it again, he's written a book the way we want it, clear and simple."
--Joseph Kluepfel, Broward Personal Computer Association, April 2003
"Once again, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., excels with this handy book on Windows XP for power users and system administrators who need a solid reference with quick answers, but not a lot of explanation. The book quickly covers XP's applications and tools, tasks, settings, and commands, and takes you inside mouse and keyboard shortcuts, the components of XP, registry tweaks, the command prompt and recovery console, and error messages. Get the most out of Windows XP with this information-packed and easy-to-read pocket reference. In addition, the famous O'Reilly emphasis on a common-sense approach to explaining very technical material, depth of detail, and focus on the practical, has resulted in yet another very useful O'Reilly text that is as relevant to a pc technician as it is to a first-time computer owner."
--Dale Farris, Golden Triangle PC Club, January 2003