March 30, 2005
"PC Annoyances, Second Edition": Blast Away Your PC Annoyances
Sebastopol, CA--"I've spent nearly 20 years in front of a computer, and I
still fume at some of the really dumb things programs do to us--and our
PCs," says "PC World" expert Steve Bass. "And from the email I receive, I
know I'm not alone in feeling ticked off, annoyed, and aggrieved."
Bass feels the pain of the billions of users who get totally aggravated
with their PCs (and the same billions who email him with their annoyances)
and he's here to cure it with his revised and expanded PC Annoyances,
Second Edition (O'Reilly, US $19.95).
For every user who has ever felt even a twinge of animosity toward his or
her PC, Bass's book affirms the frustration (as any good friend would) and
then alleviates it (as any solid resource should). "Many people are now
realizing that they've been putting up with programs that have downright
annoying features and yes, bugs," says Bass. "It's high time they learned
they aren't alone, it's not their fault, and, most important, there are
solutions and workarounds."
Cranky enough to commiserate--Bass isn't afraid to name products and point
fingers--but solution-packed enough to dramatically lower user aggravation
level and raise productivity, this edition delivers more than 150 new tips
and features more than 150 free utility downloads to put readers on the
path to PC contentment.
Unlike some computing books, PC Annoyances isn't meant to be "read,"
warns Bass. "This is a grazing book. My tips and tricks are served up in
bite-sized portions for quick consumption and easy implementation. And
don't expect the annoyances (or fixes) to be esoteric or even technical.
They're common annoyances most people have encountered--but haven't been
able to fix."
Have an annoyance? "Fire off an email," says Bass. "I'd be delighted to
help you figure out a fix."
The highly entertaining and enlightening PC Annoyances, Second Edition
includes organized, easily digestible chapters devoted to:
Email--covering Outlook and Outlook Express, Eudora, AOL, Hotmail, Gmail, and more
Windows--with plenty of Service Pack 2 annoyances
The Internet--including Internet Explorer and Netscape
Microsoft Office--with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint annoyances
Music, video, and CDs
Quick, simple-to-implement solutions to real-world PC gripes and
gremlins--from the pesky to the downright rage-inducing--help readers zap
spam; keep their WiFi networks humming and secure; enjoy iTunes and the
iPod as much as any Mac user might; get the goods on Gmail; tame their
notebooks; stop cable clutter; and much, much more.
Praise for the previous edition:
"Steve Bass's new book, PC Annoyances is nothing less than a goldmine.
Besides the fact that it's a lighthearted, easy read that you can tackle
in chunks, it's also jam-packed with serious tips and tricks...'PC
Annoyances' won't be gathering any dust on my livingroom bookshelf; it
already has a handy home--right next to my PC!"
--Linda Webb, Greater Cleveland PC Users Group
"One of my current favorites is a book called PC Annoyances by Steve
Bass...Bass delivers on the book's title by zeroing in on a handful of the
most common and most aggravating problem areas in personal computing.
Using clear language and everyday examples, Bass systematically tackles
such knotty subjects as email, Windows, web surfing, Windows Explorer,
digital music and video, and more."
--John Moran, "Hartford Courant"
"PC Annoyances is not only about the problems you cross, but also things
you may have never even considered...The book's format lends itself to
quick and easy scanning with side notes in the light red shaded area on
the sides of the pages, useful screen shots, and boxes with tidbits. The
book is just 177 pages, enough for you to find the tips you need without
the needle-in-the-haystack problem."
--Meryl Evans, Meryl.net
Further reviews of the first edition of PC Annoyances can be found here.
PC Annoyances, Second Edition
ISBN: 0-596-00882-1, 230 pages, $19.95 US, $27.95 CA
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