Abby Stokes

Abby Stokes

Technophobes;the Kicking;Screaming Is This Thing On?: A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers

Technophobes;the Kicking;Screaming Is This Thing On?: A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers

Now updated and revised, the user-friendliest, most reassuring, jargon-free, smartest, and most comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide for seniors, who are the fastest-growing demographic among social networks.Abby Stokes is the perfect guide to the digital domain: She’s taught more than 140,000 seniors how to use a computer. In an easy, authoritative, hand-holding way, she covers it all: how to choose, buy, and start using a computer. How to connect to the Internet, sign up for e-mail, and use search engines. Plus, how and why to get digital in the first place: the ins and outs of online shopping, banking, travel planning, dating, research; how to take and share digital photographs and videos; how to discover online communities, and use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; the world of apps, online music, and streaming movies; and, importantly, online security and “netiquette.” There’s information on iPads, smartphones—including the Blackberry, iPhone,and Android—and e-readers like Nook and Kindle. A companion website—www.abbyandme.com—plus a Facebook page and Twitter feed provide easy and safe access to this brave new world.From the Back CoverPlug in, boot up, and get online!• Email and receive pictures of the kids and grandkids• Enjoy the convenience and bargains of online shopping• Search for recipes, health and travel information• Look up old friends and make new friends• Read the latest news, sports, weather reports, stock quotes, and commentary• You can even start a blogIt’s your turn now, and you won’t believe how much you can do and how easy it is to do it. Written for the reader who didn’t grow up with a personal computer or use one in the office, this book is everything you need to get wired. You’ll learn how to shop for a computer that’s just right for you, and how to set it up for maximum comfort and safety. How to sign up for email and Internet access. How to use the mouse, a printer, a scanner, and how to get started with essential skills like word processing and using search engines. Plus: the A to Z’s of digital photos, a guide to online shopping, over 200 recommended websites, and much more. Before you know it, you’ll be clicking away to a whole new world. About the AuthorAbby Stokes has taught more than 140,000 people, mostly seniors, how to use a computer, privately and through courses at Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning. She lectures on the topic around the country. Ms. Stokes divides her time between New York City and Niantic, Connecticut.
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