September 9, 1998
O'REILLY UTILITIES PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR EASING WINDOWS ANNOYANCES Software Companion to Popular Book Series Will Ship This Fall
San Francisco, CA-- For all those who have felt frustrated with certain
aspects of the Windows operating system they use every day, O'Reilly &
Associates has a new solution, or more precisely, many solutions.
Quick Solutions for Windows 98 Annoyances was announced in
conjunction with COMDEX Enterprise in San
Francisco. The new software, companion to the upcoming "Windows 98
Annoyances" book by David A. Karp, is scheduled to ship in October,
just following the book's scheduled release.
O'Reilly Utilities for Windows 98 was developed by David A. Karp and
Mark Bracewell, and will
sell for $39.95 suggested list price, with a $10 discount for owners of
O'Reilly Utilities for Windows 98 provides immediate, automated
solutions for many of the key annoyances described in Karp's book, and
also offers important new enhancements to Windows 98. This stand-alone
software companion to the book provides a complete set of
point-and-click tools which let users adjust Windows 98 settings to
suit their work preferences, without having to manually tamper with the
The product is designed to improve users' productivity with dozens of
Windows extensions which make common tasks easier, such as group file
renaming, file copying, and customizing the desktop. The Utilities
solve some of the most aggravating Internet-related behaviors of
Windows and other applications, by providing tools for restoring the
default browser, email, and FTP settings after a new Internet Explorer
or Navigator installation overwrites previously-established settings.
The O'Reilly Utilities software was designed to go beyond unsupported
programs such as Microsoft's Tweak UI. O'Reilly's software comes with
extensive online help and additional free technical updates on the
O'Reilly Web site. O'Reilly also offers for-pay technical support for
Some of the most powerful, yet simple, point-and-click solutions in the
Windows 98 Annoyances software include:
- Choose default email program, news reader, and Web browser;
- Turn off the various aspects of the Internet integration with
- Share bookmarks and Internet shortcuts between Netscape Communicator
and Internet Explorer using drag-and-drop.
FILES AND FOLDERS
- Quickly rename individual or groups of files with ease;
- Print folder contents easily.
The software also maximizes performance by allowing users to optimize
virtual memory easily, and lets users turn off annoying animations and
hide icons on their desktop.
O'Reilly Utilities for
Windows 98 requires Windows 98, a 486 or higher
Intel-based CPU, a CD-ROM drive, 16 MB RAM, and 6 MB free disk space.
ABOUT THE DEVELOPERS
David A. Karp created the Windows 95 Annoyances Web site, the catalyst
for his book Windows
Annoyances, published by O'Reilly & Associates.
Karp initiated the Web site as an early beta tester of Windows 95, and
by the time the product was released, his site was widely cited (by
such publications as PC/Computing Magazine, Yahoo! Computing, Windows
Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner) as one of the best technical
resources on the Web. Karp, a specialist in user-interface design and
computer-based training, has also written for technical magazines.
Mark Bracewell is the author of PolyForm, a forms-based Web tool
published by O'Reilly. Mark is a lead developer at O'Reilly &
Associates, and has worked on such products as
WebSite Professional and
WebSite, WebBoard and PolyForm are trademarks of O'Reilly & Associates.
All other names may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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Quick Solutions for Windows 98 Annoyances
Developed By Mark Bracewell and David A. Karp
1st Edition October 1998 (est.)
No printed documentation; includes full online Help
ISBN: 1-56592-549-1, $39.95
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