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Is This Thing On?: A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming

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"Stokes gives the feeling that a friend is explaining it all to you."

— The New York Daily News

Is This Thing On? is a reassuring, jargon-free, and totally straightforward nuts-and-bolts guide that introduces late bloomers, grandparents, technophobes, and the digitally challenged to all the wonders of using a computer, and will even have them using digital cameras and PDAs with ease.

Written for the reader who did not grow up with personal computers, this book updates and expands on Stokes's previous title, It's Never Too Late to Love a Computer. It covers everything you need to get wired: how to select, buy, and set up a computer; how to sign up for e-mail and internet access, and how to use the world wide web. There's information on peripherals—printers, scanners, wireless routers—and basic software, such as word processing programs. Plus, this new edition delves further into the online world to cover search engines and web navigation, information on online banking, shopping, travel planning, and dating. It covers security issues, "netiquette," instant messaging, and blogs, and there's an entire chapter devoted to digital photos—transferring them from camera to computer and sending them as attachments. Abby Stokes—who has a gift for taking the terrified by the hand and teaching old dogs new tricks—branches out into other essential digital accoutrements: cell phones, iPods, and Blackberries. A companion website, www.abbyandme.com, offers a safe place to practice and keep learning. Appendices include recommended websites, a resource list, and more.

Book News Annotation:

An instructor of introductory computer courses at NYU who taught her mother to use a computer presents basic information spiced with humor and encouragement to get other newbies online. The guide--a substantive revision and update of Stokes' It's Never Too Late to Love a Computer (2005)--includes recommended websites, other resources, a glossary, and form for buying hardware and software. A companion website is available. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Plug in, boot up, and get online!

•    Email and receive pictures of the kids and grandkids

•    Enjoy the convenience and bargains of online shopping

•    Search for recipes, health and travel information

•    Look up old friends and make new friends

•    Read the latest news, sports, weather reports, stock quotes, and          commentary

•    You can even start a blog

It's your turn now, and you won't believe how much you can do and how easy it is to do it. Written for the reader who didn't grow up with a personal computer or use one in the office, this book is everything you need to get wired.

You'll learn how to shop for a computer that's just right for you, and how to set it up for maximum comfort and safety. How to sign up for email and Internet access. How to use the mouse, a printer, a scanner, and how to get started with essential skills like word processing and using search engines. Plus: the A to Z's of digital photos, a guide to online shopping, over 200 recommended websites, and much more. Before you know it, you'll be clicking away to a whole new world.

Synopsis:

This reassuring, jargon-free, and totally straightforward guide introduces late bloomers, grandparents, and technophobes to all the wonders of using a computer. Illustrated.

About the Author

Abby Stokes teaches courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and New York University's School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. Ms. Stokes splits her time between New York City and Niantic, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

A Word Before You Begin

There is Nothing to Fear but Technology Itself

Chapter 1: Bringing the World to Your Fingertips

Research, find, and buy anything you can imagine, and communicate with loved ones...without leaving home

Chapter 2: Hardware: The Thigh Bone's Connected to the...

A simple introduction to the parts of a computer and how they relate to one another

Chapter 3: Software: Feeding the Computer Brain

An explanation of software and how it is used 

Where Will It Sleep and How Often Do I Need to Water It?

Chapter 4: There's No Place Like Home vs. Taking Your Show on the Road

Desktop vs. laptop

Chapter 5: Creating a Computer Comfort Zone

Tips on finding a comfortable and safe work area

Go for a Test Drive

Chapter 6: Apples and Oranges

Macintosh vs. PC

Chapter 7: Would You Buy a Car Without Test-Driving It?

What to look for when you get behind a keyboard

Chapter 8: Choosing the Best Route

What software and Internet services fit you best

Chapter 9: Make Your Purchase

Old vs. new, extended warranties, store vs. mail order, and what questions to ask

Baby's First Day Home

Chapter 10: Counting Fingers and Toes

Taking your new computer out of the box and connecting all the parts

Chapter 11: Shaking Hands

Meet your computer and mouse

Chapter 12: Getting to Know You

Experimenting with what you can do on the computerThe Newlywed Game

Chapter 13: Spanning the Globe

"Surfing the net"--traveling around the World Wide Web

Chapter 14: Shall We Dance?

Let's send email

Chapter 15: Mind Your Ps & Qs

An introduction to word processing

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Chapter 16: Practical Precautions

Secure your identity and your computer

Chapter 17: Advanced E-mail

Let's go to the next level--web links, attachments, and more

Chapter 18: Picture This

Digital and scanned photos from A to Z

Chapter 19: Join the Conversation

Instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, and online dating

Chapter 20: Put it All in Order

Create a filing system, organize, and maintain all that lives on your computer

Exploration and Discovery

Chapter 21: Detective Work With Your Computer

Get the most out of your searches

Chapter 22: Shop Till You Drop

Shopping, auctions, airline reservations, prescriptions, and online banking

Chapter 23: The Wide, Wide World of Entertainment

Finding fun on the Web

Make New Friends and Keep the Old

Chapter 24: Extra, Extra, Read All About It

The scoop on cell phones, PDAs, BlackBerries, iPods, and iPhones

Chapter 25: Troubleshooting

I think it has a fever--what to do if something doesn't seem right

Appendices

Over 200 Recommended WebsitesGlossaryResource ListTest-Drive FormIndex

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Tea Cher, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by Tea Cher)
Full disclosure: Abby is my sister and I have been using her books in my computer classes since 2001 - I teach at a regional senior center and adult education through the local high school. Over a thousand students have been taught using her books as a teaching guide and the feedback has been fantastic - no kicking and screaming when they are done and many continue on to e-mail, internet, word processing, spreadsheets, digital photography, and more! The students' only request after using the "It's Never Too Late To Love A Computer" book was, "when is she going to expand it?" Well, Abby has made a really good book even better! "Is This Thing On?" has more detail, more topics, newer screen shots, and, as always, is written in "Abby's language" - no geek speak. It has been a winner for even the toughest of my students and many students request one as a gift for their friends. Kudos, Abby - thanks for making the cyber leap easier for seniors and other newbies on the CT shoreline!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780761146193
Subtitle:
s Computer Handbook
Author:
Stokes, Abby
Illustrator:
Sloan, Michael
Illustrator:
Yule, Susan Hunt
Author:
Stokes
Author:
Abby
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Operating Systems - General
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Reference - Beginner Guides
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / General
Subject:
Computers-Internet - General
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Internet
Subject:
Computers-Reference - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080822
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.0 x 7.0 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Plug in, boot up, and get online!

•    Email and receive pictures of the kids and grandkids

•    Enjoy the convenience and bargains of online shopping

•    Search for recipes, health and travel information

•    Look up old friends and make new friends

•    Read the latest news, sports, weather reports, stock quotes, and          commentary

•    You can even start a blog

It's your turn now, and you won't believe how much you can do and how easy it is to do it. Written for the reader who didn't grow up with a personal computer or use one in the office, this book is everything you need to get wired.

You'll learn how to shop for a computer that's just right for you, and how to set it up for maximum comfort and safety. How to sign up for email and Internet access. How to use the mouse, a printer, a scanner, and how to get started with essential skills like word processing and using search engines. Plus: the A to Z's of digital photos, a guide to online shopping, over 200 recommended websites, and much more. Before you know it, you'll be clicking away to a whole new world.

"Synopsis" by , This reassuring, jargon-free, and totally straightforward guide introduces late bloomers, grandparents, and technophobes to all the wonders of using a computer. Illustrated.
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