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Book By Author:  Court Nederveld

Grumbles From The Keyboard
 
 Grumbles From The Keyboard
 
 Internet / Computers
 
 1467985899 978-146798589
 
 

“Grumbles From The Keyboard Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Computer” is a book compiled of a variety of former“Bits and Bytes” columns written by Sun columnist Courtland Nederveld, combined with a few new pieces. The content is written mostly for the computer illiterate, but even the more advanced user will find a few new things of interest in the book. “This is nothing more than a tool,’ Nederveld says of the computer in the beginning of the book. His theory is that a computer does not need to be learned,’ as a user will operate it easily once he finds a use that interests him. Many of the columns focus on bringing such uses to the reader’s attention, profiling a variety of noteworthy websites and programs. The chapters are short, consisting of one column each. All columns have been updated if necessary, and many have been extended. Each chapter also features a technical definition along with a few humorous correct and incorrect examples of how to use the word in a sentence. Nederveld’s columns are a popular part of the newspaper for a reason, and the book reflects this with content that is informative, funny and generally basic enough for the novice user to understand. The chapters in the book are grouped by topic rather than chronologically. Because of  this some of the chapters can be slightly repetitive with
similar themes and examples. For some this might be irritating, for others it will simply serve to drive home important points. The order of the topics is a little awkward. Recycling old computers is in the beginning of the book while chapters on computer basics and important concepts seem to be scattered at intervals throughout the book.
For this reason “Grumbles From The Keyboard is better utilized as a user’s guide — the manual that nothing comes with anymore, as Nederveld points out— rather than read all at once. The book is full of step-bystep, how-to guides on both basic and more advanced processes and problems users might face, though there are also a number of humorous columns peppered throughout to lighten the mood and give the reader a reprieve from all the technical jargon. Apple users will not find the book quite as useful, as the how-to sections all focus on Windows. However a number of the chapters focus on subjects  that would be relevant to all computer users, such as free programs users can download and websites where users can find free products or services. The  book also addresses issues and annoyances like scams, spam and common
computer errors and email difficulties.
Overall, those who find themselves constantly grumbling over their computer will find “Grumbles From The Keyboard’ a useful read. Most will likely find themselves laughing and nodding their head as they recognize some of their own questions or faux pas in Nederveld’s words.


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Author:  Court Nederveld