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