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Part 1: Getting Oriented > Why I Wrote This Book and Why You Need It

Chapter 1. Why I Wrote This Book and Why You Need It

This is the fourth edition of this book. The first edition, published in 1993, came out just as people were starting to flock to the personal computer, or PC. Today, while there are still those with little or no PC experience, an increasing number of people around the globe consider themselves at least somewhat computer literate.

However, plenty of folks who use PCs still feel they have a lot to learn, and since you picked up this book, you're probably one of them. After all, unless you're a PC hobbyist or work in the PC industry, your life simply doesn't revolve around computers. Let's face it, these machines can be frustrating and unreliable, and just because things go wrong when you're using the computer doesn't mean you're stupid (or a “dummy”).


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