For many people computers have become an essential part of everyday life, both at home and in the office. Word-processing, managing your finances and budgeting, e-mail, using the Internet, making music and playing games are just a few of the things that are possible with a small computer system. But choosing the right model for your requirements is still harder than it should be. Some people spend two or three times more than they need on a system that still may not do the job.
This valuable guide takes you step-by-step through the buying process and explains how to find the appropriate software and hardware at reasonable prices, how to run your system cost-effectively and how to find effective technical help when you need it.
Written in non-technical language, the new edition of this guide also includes: everything you need to know about buying a computer in the high street and by mail order; up-to-date information on the latest hardware and software, including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Linux; new entertainment options for your home computer, including MP3 and DVD; help with computer DIY and simple problem-solving; and an introduction to the Internet, and what you need to get the most from it.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 09 / 2006