Have You Heard About... Is this Thing On?

…how you can use a computer, even if you aren’t a techie? “Is this Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming, by Abby Stokes, is a wonderful book for those of us who swear that we are not computer people. With humor, pictures, and simple words (no techno babble), this book teaches the very basics of how to use a computer.

You start off by learning the difference between a PC and a Mac, then the difference between a laptop and a desktop model. It then tells you to go to the store and “test-drive” several models and talk to a sales person. From there it explains what to do when you bring your computer home and take it out of the box. This very useful book then goes on to explain what to do once you’re “plugged in,” what the mouse is for, and what all of those little icons are for on the computer screen and how to use them.

 Once you learn what everything does you’re ready to learn to play Solitaire. When you get this mastered, you’re ready to learn how to get to the Internet, how to set up an e-mail account and what E-manners are. When all of this is conquered, you can get into e-mail attachments, smiley faces, how to scan photos and how to blog and much more. This book even has a small section on what the heck an iPod and iPhone are.

 This book goes on and proves that you are never too old to learn something new.


Reviewed by Terry (staff)