Peter Norton's Inside the PC
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Peter Norton's Inside the PC : Peter Norton's Inside the PC : by
Peter Norton; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30624-7, paperback,
650 pages; US$35.00 / CAN$47.95
Reviewer: A.T. Connellan says "Norton is a readable writer with
a knack for explaining the most complex concepts in easily understood
terms.... If you were to purchase only one book for/with your new
computer, this is it."
Understanding Your PC
There are a good reasons why Peter Norton has sold over a million copies of
earlier editions of this book. This, the sixth and "Premier Edition," is a
case of a good thing, just getting better, and there is no end in sight.
The Norton books sell well because he is such a "readable writer" with a knack
for explaining the most complex concepts in easily understood terms. Although
touted as a hardware book for the average PC user, his explanation of the
role and effect of software is a bonus.
The author, and his contributing writers encourage readers to chase around the
text, seeking subjects of interest. They support the reader's search with a "quick
reference" on the inside of the front and back covers, a detailed index and
helpful appendixes. The only thing missing, from this otherwise first-rate
manual, is a glossary.
Smack-dab in the middle of the book is the best diagram and explanation of the
structure of the PC I've seen. The balance of the illustrations in the book
are in terms suited to the every/man/woman.
For example; I recently referred to "...Inside the PC" when writing an article
on assembling an "Internet-ready" computer for under $500. The diagrams and
descriptions were just what I needed, and helped me to overcome the lack of
service interest on the part of NEC, the "Nothing Ever Comes," and "No one
Even Cares" company.
The author views Windows 95 in glowing terms and his lucid explanation of the
superiority of Windows 95 in action will reassure those who moved up from
Windows 3.x in spite of the naysayers. He makes such perfect sense of Windows
95, it makes you wonder why the Microsoft manuals can't do the same.
If you purchase only one book for/with your new computer, this is it.
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