Rescued by DOS
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Rescued by DOS; Kris Jamsa; ISBN: 0-9635851-6-9;
paperback, 256 pages, US$19.95, CAN$25.95
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The Jamsa Press "Rescued"
series work successfully because they aren't written for
either computer literates or "DUMMIES," just you and me."
The Wide Array Of Tools Available Under DOS
There are now over 120 million computers running on DOS,
and the vast majority of the people who own them won't
spend much time on spreadsheets, desk-top publishing,
or programming. Like most of us they'll write or word
process, maintain and manage their work in files, play
games, and explore the universe on the Internet in search
of knowledge, all on programs that are dependent on DOS.
My computer guru; that's the guy who has been providing
soft and hardware since the days of my IBM PCJr, came
by a while ago and quietly upgraded my machine to DOS 6.2.
He's always doing that sort of thing. I don't question it
because he knows what he's doing, and besides everyone
should have a "guru" in their computer life.
I had stopped caring about what DOS does or did when
I acquired Windows. After that DOS just seemed to chug
along invisibly in the background while I played in the
fascinating new world of icons, that is until I read this
book. It opened my eyes to the wide array of tools
now available under DOS, and increased my
understanding and appreciation of Windows.
The Jamsa Press "Rescued" series work successfully
because they aren't written for either computer literates
or "DUMMIES," just intelligent folks like you and me, who
are eager to learn. They even prequalify their books through
a "skill level guide," labeling them for Beginner
[as this one is], Intermediate, Advanced, and All Users.
Rescued by DOS is organized into 58 brief, easily
understood lessons, in eleven sections that are built
sequentially upon each other in complexity. Each lesson
is abetted by colorfully highlighted "how to" reminders,
illustrations, and screen reproductions. The table of
contents and index are so detailed that the reader can
"surf," trying out all the wonderful things that DOS can do.
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