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Introduction: Keeping Up with the Jetsons - Pg. xii

xii Introduction: Keeping Up with the Jetsons The computer revolution is in high gear. Almost all of us have a computer, and if we don't have one, we're figuring out a way to get one or get a better one. We want to save time. We want to waste time. We want to play games, make our own greeting cards, design our own homes, quickly balance our checkbooks, and fill out our own tax returns. We want to cruise the World Wide Web, send and receive e-mail, and hang out in Internet chat rooms. We want to understand all the inside computer jokes on Good Morning America! To keep up in this fast-paced world of technology and communications, you had better get your own computer and learn how to use it. The trouble is that using a computer is not as simple as experi- enced users make it sound. It's not "just like flipping on a TV set" or "programming your VCR." Your TV set and VCR probably don't have a keyboard and mouse connected to them, they don't have software you must install and maintain, and they don't have files you have painstakingly created and can delete with a single click of a mouse button. You need help, you need it fast, and you need it in a way that teaches you, in plain and simple terms, just what you need to know--no more, no less. Welcome to The Complete Idiot's Guide to PCs The Complete Idiot's Guide to PCs works on the premise that you don't need to be a computer technician to run a program. In this book, I won't pack your head with high-tech fluff. I'm not going to explain how a computer chip works, how a monitor displays pretty pictures, or how a printer prints. I promise. Instead, you learn practical, hands-on stuff, such as ... · · · · · · How to purchase a quality computer without maxing out your credit card. How to set up your computer when you get it home. How to kick-start your computer (and restart it when all else fails). How to move around in Microsoft Windows. How to install and uninstall programs. How to find, copy, delete, and undelete files. · How to print your creations and what to do when your printer goes on strike. · How to connect to the Internet, surf the World Wide Web, and send and receive e-mail. · How to take advantage of the latest computer gadgets to manage your photos, edit home videos, and transform your computer into a custom jukebox. · How to solve your own computer problems. You'll be surprised at how little you need to know to use a computer and at how much you can know to use it more effectively.