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Blast Away Your PC Annoyances

by Steve Bass

"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:

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.

Additional Resources: Chapter 1, Email Annoyances (PDF Format)

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Paperback: 252 pages Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; 2nd edition (June 30, 2005); List Price: $19.95 - buy now: Price: $13.57 and You Save: $6.38 (32%)

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