In this volume, Leo Laporte and his co-hosts at The Screen Savers TV show provide a year¿s worth of anecdotes, tips, factoids, and musings about the machines at the center of our lives. A page is devoted to each day of the year, and each page includes several elements: typically a single-topic essay that takes up most of the page (on subjects as varied as ergonomics, Easter eggs in popular programs, processor overclocking, and discount-travel Web sites), and hints, tips, references to worthwhile software, and goofy trivia. As you make your way through the year, you¿ll discover how to keep PC hassles to a minimum while learning something about technology and its impact on society¿all delivered with the wit and wisdom of your favorite stars from The Screen Savers!
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There are a couple of possible approaches to the problem of how to have fun and do useful work with your personal computer. One is to figure out what you need to know (program in Perl, use Microsoft Excel, whatever) and then set about teaching yourself how to do it. The other approach is more holistic, and involves attempting to absorb the diverse knowledge of a chosen guru. Leo Laporte's 2004 Technology Almanac fits the latter approach. It covers a broad spectrum of general-interest computing subjects, and is suited to a competent and curious, but not expert, reader who appreciates a pointer or two as he or she learns how to be a power user.
As an almanac, this book organizes itself around calendar year 2004--there's one page for each day of the year. Each page makes fun reading, typically focusing on some aspect of configuring an operating system (Windows XP, Mac OS, and occasionally Linux), a piece of software, or a set of related Web sites. The nuggets of knowledge--contributed by people from Laporte's "Screen Savers" television program--make you want to try out whatever they're describing, so be prepared to install software and do some surfing! --David Wall
Topics covered: General interest computing for people who are comfortable with their machines and want to become competent enough to teach others. Coverage ranges from adjusting Windows XP's behavior to your liking, to extending PDA battery life, to using the Web to find friends.About the Author:
Leo Laporte is the host of The Screen Savers and Call for Help on TechTV. He has been a television and radio personality for more than two decades, focusing exclusively on high tech since 1991. He won an Emmy award in 1997 for his work as the virtual character, Dev Null, on MSNBC's The Site. Leo lives on a small farm in northern California with his wife, Jennifer, two children, two goats, two sheep, and two cats. The farm is equipped with high-speed wireless networking, but so far none of the animals has shown an interest.
Megan Morrone is a regular contributor, writer, frequent host, and resident Mom of The Screen Savers on TechTV. She began her TechTV career as the web producer and shortly after her arrival was forced kicking and screaming in front of the camera. Megan recently became a real mom herself, but did not (much to the chagrin of fans) actually give birth on television. She lives North of San Francisco with her husband, Marco, and her baby, Annabella. You can see pictures and read all their secrets at www.jumpingmonkeys.com.
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Book Description TechTV, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110735713693