October 31, 2002
Who Says You Have to Put Up with Them? O'Reilly Releases "Windows XP Annoyances"
Sebastopol, CA--Like a buzzing housefly, only more persistent, those
little annoyances built into Windows XP can eat away at your patience.
Yes, Windows XP brings the most dramatic change in Windows computing
since the introduction of Windows 95--there are dozens of important new
features designed to make your work easier, including improved
performance. But along with the improvements come numerous quirks and
enigmatic settings that are guaranteed to increase your level of
frustration. XP users who are tired of being pestered can find relief
in Windows XP
Annoyances (David A. Karp, O'Reilly, US $29.95). It's
better than a flyswatter, and much more efficient.
This new addition to the popular series for troubleshooting Windows
comes to the rescue by providing a thorough reference to the tools to
customize and otherwise fix the annoyances found in Windows XP. Based
on the author's popular Windows Annoyances web site
(http://www.annoyances.org), which was just voted one of the top "46
Great Websites" in the November 4, 2002 issue of "Time" magazine,
"Windows XP Annoyances" offers solutions, tips, workarounds, and
warnings that enable readers to both customize and troubleshoot Windows
Customizing the interface beyond Microsoft's intentions, including
many undocumented tweaks
Understanding the Windows Registry, including the use of the Registry
Editor and advanced topics such as finding the right Registry Keys and
restoring a corrupted registry
Mastering Windows built-in networking capabilities, including advanced
technologies such as Internet Connection Sharing, Remote Desktop
sharing, and virtual private networking
Repairing Windows XP, now that the DOS safety net is gone
As Karp says, "The more you know about a tool you use--specifically,
Microsoft Windows XP--the better your day-to-day experience with it
will be." "Windows XP Annoyances" is the intermediate and advanced
Windows user's best resource for turning Windows into the
user-friendly, customizable interface it was meant to be.
What the critics said about other books in the series:
"A VERY useful book for any owner of Windows ME. I give it two thumbs
--John Schuster, The Bridge, September 2001
"Well written and packed with cures for common Windows Me problems we
all suffer, this book also reveals undisclosed Windows features. Great
for beginners who want to progress to be experts one day."
--Computer Buyer, August 2001
"This book is a virtual mine of information about Win98. There would be
few, no matter how expert, who could not find something about Windows
they didn't know before."
--Major Keary, Book News, September 2001
"One of the most comprehensive books of tips, tricks, and fixes for
Windows 98 under one cover, this is one of the books that will stay by
my Windows 98 machine where I can find it right away."
--Dave Lenheim, Wind-News, February 2001
"Jam-packed with hints, tips, and useful information about how to
optimize and troubleshoot Windows 98. David Karp does an excellent job
of writing a clear, concise book that is easy and enjoyable to read. An
excellent source of information on undocumented features of the
program. I would give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars."
--Barbara Kreiss, Bytes & Bits, November 1999
"I recommend the book 'Windows 98 Annoyances,' by David A. Karp. It is
fantastic. It has over 400 pages of information that Microsoft has
decided you mostly don't need to know. If you are at all serious about
learning how to make Windows 98 work for you, then you need this
--Art Becker, Computer Journal, January 2000
"My favorite Windows 98 book is titled, appropriately, 'Windows 98
Annoyances.' It is the best book I've come across."
--Art Becker, Internet Surfer, June 1999
"One common complaint about Windows 98 is that it comes with no
manuals...for folks who want more than the basics, and don't mind
messing around under the hood, 'Windows 98 Annoyances' by David A. Karp
is an excellent choice. It helps you cope with the many quirks of
Win98...'Annoyances' also offers tons of convenience- and
--Stephen H. Wildstrom, "Newsweek," November 1998
Windows XP Annoyances
David A. Karp
ISBN 0-596-00416-8, 564 pages, $29.95 (US), $46.95 (CAN)
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