Windows NT in a Nutshell

COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW  

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Title: Windows NT in a Nutshell; Eric Pearce; O'Reilly & Associates; 
ISBN: 1-56592-251-4; Paperback, 363 pages, US$19.95, CAN$28.95

Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Windows NT4 is a wonderful operating 
system, but without help like "Nutshell," it may not be worth the effort."

Windows NT 4 Made Simple? You're Kidding!

Face facts folks, Microsoft have never done anything to simplify our 
lives. In spite of the propaganda, Bill Gates and Company are dedicated 
to dominating an ever-complex industry that is committed to fostering 
our reliance upon them.

Windows NT4 is a good example of this. It is an extraordinary program 
of immense complexity that raises multi-tasking to a new order. 
However, cursed by backward compatibility, users of this marvelous 
new OS almost need a degree in "getting around."

Fortunately O'Reilly & Associates and their new "Nutshell" series of 
books is just as dedicated to the KISS (Keep It Super Simple) Factor. 
Written in easy to comprehend language they provide you and me 
with a "take me by the hand" guidance program that will enable the 
user to function effectively in Windows NT, Photoshop, Java, Unix, 
and others.

The "Nutshell" Windows NT book is the antidote to those deliberately 
obscure Microsoft manuals on NT4 that are enough to reduce grown 
men and women to tears. Even the other members of the after-market 
booktrade seem unable to produce an NT4 volume under 1,000 pages 
and several pounds. 

NT4, the operating system, is deceptively similar in Desktop 
appearance to Windows 95, but that's where the similarity ends. 
Imagine a table with an apple placed in the center. Windows 95 is the 
apple, and NT4 is the whole damn table. Windows NT4 is long, wide, 
and very deep. 

This book is written as a reference, and the prose is kept tight and to-
the-point. Between the covers, author Eric Pearce leads the reader 
through an analysis of the components of the system, and their purpose.

The author examines each component and, supported by precise 
illustrations, explains their function. He walks us through the use of the 
application, and discusses the outcome. Bewilderment begins to fade 
into understanding.

Reinforcement comes through a detailed index and a group of relevant 
appendixes. There is even a list of NT Resources, and a Glossary most 
of us can understand. By the way this is one of those O'Reilly paperbacks 
that stay open when you put it down. I wish the other publishers would 
steal that idea.

There are other ways to solve the riddle of how to function effectively in 
the land of NT4, but it's like a monkey typing Shakespeare, just keep 
trying and, like the monkey, sooner or later --- "To be or not to be, that 
is the………Rv%lsn*oo#rt."

Windows NT4 is a wonderful operating system, but without help like 
"Nutshell," it may not be worth the effort.


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