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    BKW98CRF.RVW 981023 Windows 98: The Complete Reference , John Levine/Margaret Levine Young, 1998, 0-07-882343-9, U$39.99/C$57.95 %A John Levine
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 1999
      BKW98CRF.RVW 981023

      "Windows 98: The Complete Reference", John Levine/Margaret Levine
      Young, 1998, 0-07-882343-9, U$39.99/C$57.95
      %A John Levine win98tcr@...
      %A Margaret Levine Young win98tcr@...
      %C 300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 9B6
      %D 1998
      %G 0-07-882343-9
      %I McGraw-Hill Ryerson/Osborne
      %O U$39.99/C$57.95 800-565-5758 fax 905-430-5020 lisah@...
      %P 999 p. + CD-ROM
      %T "Windows 98: The Complete Reference"

      Part one looks at common operations in Windows 98. Chapter one
      explains some basic objects, but not as well as many other, similar,
      books. Invocation of programs and common interface aspects such as
      dialogue boxes are discussed in chapter two. The program installation
      overview in chapter three will provide some helpful background, but
      can't cover the range of possible options the user may be asked to
      address. Chapter four presents a brief glimpse of Notepad, WordPad,
      and the separate Microsoft WordViewer. There is a look at the
      accessory programs in chapter five. "Help" gets five pages of
      explanation in chapter six, which is somehow ironically appropriate.
      On the other hand, chapter seven's look at sharing information
      provides too much data about the Clipboard, and not nearly enough
      about OLE (Object Linking and Embedding).

      Part two reviews disk and file management. Chapter eight looks at the
      folder and Explorer views, files and extensions, and at file
      manipulation. This is extended in chapter nine with advanced topics
      such as shortcuts, attributes, and searching. The options on the
      standard Backup program are listed in chapter ten, although there is
      almost no discussion of the (non) options for media. Disk
      partitioning, in chapter eleven, seems to have a lot of information,
      but also leaves out many important points.

      Part three presents configuration options. Actually, I find using the
      Start Menu directories easier than the recommended procedures in
      chapter twelve. Chapter thirteen's coverage of the Desktop is quite
      thorough, with the exception of shortcuts and icons. As well as
      keyboard and mouse, chapter fourteen looks at several system options.
      Unfortunately, the advice on hardware in chapter fifteen is only valid
      as long as everything is working--and, if so, you won't need it.
      Similarly with printers and fonts in chapter sixteen. Chapter
      seventeen's overview of sound, though, is fairly comprehensive. Video
      operation, in chapter eighteen, seems limited to playing files.
      Laptop topics are a mixed bag and poorly explained in chapter
      nineteen. As only one example, the Briefcase is such a simple concept
      that I cannot understand why people cannot explain it in plain
      English. The Accessibility Options are listed in chapter twenty.

      Part four goes through aspects of connecting to the Internet. Chapter
      twenty one discusses modems. Again, PPP (Point to Point Protocol) and
      SLIP (Serial Link Internet Protocol), in chapter twenty two, are a mix
      of too much and too little information. Outlook Express is described
      in chapter twenty three. Both chapters twenty four and twenty five
      look at different parts of MS Internet Explorer. The FrontPage HTML
      editor is explained in chapter twenty six, NetMeeting in twenty seven,
      HyperTerminal, telnet, and ftp in chapter twenty eight.

      Local networking is reviewed in part five. Chapter twenty nine gives
      a terse list of network concepts. Some specifics are given in chapter
      thirty. NetWare and NT server connections are described in chapter
      thirty one. Printer and drive sharing procedures are given in chapter
      thirty two. Although chapter thirty three purports to be concerned
      with security, most of it deals with user profiles. The section on
      Internet security is, of course, primarily concerned with the
      operation of certificates, with no discussion of the realities of

      Part six discusses maintenance procedures. Chapter thirty four looks
      at disk scans and defragmenting. Compression is reviewed in chapter
      thirty five. Performance monitoring tools are described in chapter
      thirty six. To use the troubleshooting advice in chapter thirty seven
      you need to know enough not to need advice. Some online resources are
      listed in chapter thirty eight.

      Part seven looks at internals. Chapter thirty nine mentions various
      configuration files very briefly. Chapter forty tells you enough
      about the Registry to get you into trouble. There is a bit of detail
      about using DOS programs in chapter forty one. Windows Scripting Host
      gets a few pages in chapter forty two.

      Generally the "Complete Reference" series has had a fairly high
      standard, so it is disappointing to note that this work, while it has
      a great many pages, has a significantly lower density of useful

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998 BKW98CRF.RVW 981023

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