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An Introduction to Personal Computers


What You Need to Know to Get Up and Running

 

By: Stephen Belaire


 

 

A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR

 

 

My name is Stephen Belaire. My first experience with computers involved an Instructor name Mr. Stienhower, Punch Cards, and a computer language called "Assembler". I have held a few different positions in the Information Systems field, including:

  • Programmer, Network Administrator, M.I.S. Manager for a group of companies, and as an instructor at a local college.

  • I have taken 10 years of night school at a local college; received 4 certificates; 2 of which are in computers.

  • I live and breathe computers. I have taught hundreds of people how to use computers.

With all that experience I have learned quite a bit about computers and how people interact with them. Here's the skinny.

 

People who love computers will learn computers and will want to know everything there is to know about them. They will read hundreds of 500 page manuals to get every detail.

 

People who don't make a living from computers, but use computers to perform their real job, don't want to be computer experts. They don't mind taking a course or two, especially if the company will pay for it, but that's about the extent of effort they will want to put into learning computers. If your real interest lies somewhere else and the computer is just a tool for you, who can blame you.

 

So I wrote this book to get a person from where they are now in computer knowledge, to where they absolutely should be, in the straightest line possible. I have not spent a lot of time beefing up each subject, or stopped to look at every feature in each piece of software that is covered. I covered what you need to understand about computers, and what you need to know about each piece of software. So I don't have ask you to read a 500 page manual to get there, and I don't think it will take a major commitment of your time to get through the book. I believe that the trip will be worth it to you, and I'm pretty sure you will find that to be the case also.




CONTENTS

 

Preface

The Hardware

The Monitor

The Keyboard

The Mouse

The Computer

How a Computer Works

Turning on the computer

Touring the Desktop

The Background

The Icons

The Start Menu

The Taskbar

The Start Menu

Programs

Launching an Application

Documents

Settings

Date/Time

Display Settings

Sounds

Settings > Printers

Settings > Taskbar

Find

Help

Run…

Shut Down…

Files

Cut, Copy, and Paste

The Hard Drive

Backing Up Your Files

Word

Excel

Graphing your data.

The Internet

E-mail



An Introduction to Personal Computers by Stephen Belaire: 140 pages., Softcover; ISBN 978-1-55270-078-5: $29.95 ($US).
   

 

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