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  1. Jeff Lippincott "JLIPPIN" says:
    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Could be used as lesson plans by a teacher of computer basics and the Internet. Simple for some, but for others it’s not simple!, October 4, 2008
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    Jeff Lippincott “JLIPPIN” (Princeton, NJ USA) –
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    I loved this book! It’s not exactly one that I picked up because I needed to learn about computer basics, going digital, and playing/working on the Internet. But I thought it was well written, well outlined, and definitely on target for people over age 50 who are hands-off when it comes to personal computers. The book claims to have 25 chapters in 378 pages. However, I view it more like nine chapters with 25 sub-chapters interspersed therein as follows:

    1. There is nothing to fear but technology itself (1-3)
    2. Where will it sleep and how often do I neeed to water it? (4-5)
    3. Go for a test drive (6-8)
    4. Let the shopping begin (9)
    5. Baby’s first day home (10-12)
    6. The newlywed game (13-15
    7. Welcome to the neighborhood (16-20)
    8. Exploration and discovery (21-23)
    9. Make new friends and keep old (24-25)

    About 10 years ago I took it upon myself to teach my mother how to use a PC. She was a high school librarian at the time, and it was a natural thing for her to learn in order to help her with her work. The lessons taught in this wonderful book are the same ones I went through with my mom ten years ago. And then two years later I was the lead instructor in teaching my grandmother (my mom’s mom) how to use a PC to surf the Net, and most importantly get/send emails to/from my mom and my cousins. My mom was the teaching assistant who helped my grandmother pick up on computers. And the two of us used the same lessons taught in this book to teach my grandmother.

    In this book you will learn (if you want to) how to: (1) shop for a PC, (2) set up your PC when you get it home, (3) sign up for Internet access, (4) use your PC and the Internet, (5) use a printer with your PC, (6) use email, (7) surf the Internet like a Pro, and much more.

    The author has been teaching what she has included in this book for the past 10 years. And it is the same approach she used to teach her mother how to become computer literate. As far as I know, the system described in this book has been successful when applied to at least three seniors. And I know of no failures. If you are a senior and you have a desire to learn about computers and the Internet, then I highly recommend you get a copy of this book. 5 stars!

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  2. Eve T. Stokes "Tea Cher" says:
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Over A Thousand Students and Counting …, March 2, 2009
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    Eve T. Stokes “Tea Cher” (CT Shoreline) –
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    Full disclosure: Abby is my sister and I have been using her books in my computer classes since 2001 – I teach at a regional senior center and adult education through the local high school. Over a thousand students have been taught using her books as a teaching guide and the feedback has been fantastic – no kicking and screaming when they are done and many continue on to e-mail, internet, word processing, spreadsheets, digital photography, and more! The students’ only request after using the “It’s Never Too Late To Love A Computer” book was, “when is she going to expand it?” Well, Abby has made a really good book even better! “Is This Thing On?” has more detail, more topics, newer screen shots, and, as always, is written in “Abby’s language” – no geek speak. It has been a winner for even the toughest of my students and many students request one as a gift for their friends. Kudos, Abby – thanks for making the cyber leap easier for seniors and other newbies on the CT shoreline!

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  3. AGD "tondar3" says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best books of this type, January 22, 2009
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    AGD “tondar3” (Reisterstown, Maryland USA) –

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    This book hits the nail on the head for people who are new to computers, or would just like to have a reference book that explains it all in plain English without any geek-speak. I’m over 50, work in software support and have built & rebuilt computers for years. I also enjoy helping people with their computers and software. For years I’ve look at these self-help books, but until now, have never found one that has the best combination of plain English explanations and references, clear illustrations and a layout that is very easy on the eyes. Whether you are scared to death of computers, or love them way too much (as I do), I would highly recommend this book.

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