Rescued by Windows
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Rescued by Windows; Kris Jamsa;
Jamsa Press; ISBN: 0-9635851-3-4; paperback;
256 pages; US$19.95, CAN$25.95
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "With this book, Windows
has become a walk in the park. Have fun."
Windows To The Rescue
Windows was invented for people like me. All those
text-intensive exercises I endured on DOS to play
games, copy, move, delete, and make directories,
became "point and shoot" fun when Windows
entered my computer life.
The "Rescued" series from Jamsa [say it as in James
not jam] Press was also created for folks like me. I'm
one of those who finds the Microsoft-supplied manuals
a little obscure, slightly intimidating, and long on
"what is," but short on "how to." This book gave me
a new view of Windows.
Author Kris Jamsa has brought the tried and true
teaching formula; tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em,
tell 'em, tell 'em what you told 'em, and then ask 'em
what you said, to new levels of effectiveness. He
even rates his books on a "skill level guide," labelling
them for Beginner [as this one is], Intermediate,
Advanced, and All Users.
Rescued by Windows is logically structured in five
sections containing 49 brief, easily understood lessons
that build upon each other in complexity. Various colors
are used to identify the sections, and to accentuate
illustrations, screen reproductions and reminder panels.
This book is meant to be read while using the detailed
table of contents and comprehensive index as a guide
for skipping around, trying out all the magical things
Windows can do.
Windows is infinitely variable in the hands of the user.
Readers are encouraged to experiment in managing
files, a task that was viewed with great trepidation
under DOS. Paintbrush becomes an ally, swapping
screen colors an adventure, and embedding and
linking objects with a document something to boast
about at the water cooler.
Best of all, with Terminal telecommunications program,
access to the Internet is click, click easy, transferring
files between computers simplified, and by the last
page Windows has become a walk in the park.
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