Saturday, June 12, 2010

Digitally Daunted; A consumer’s guide to taking control of the technology in your life – A review


Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the authors for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the authors.


Synopsis

Wi-fi or wired? Cable or fiber optic? HDMI or RCA? MP3 or AAC? Do you feel overwhelmed when you hear these terms? You re not alone smart people everywhere feel intimidated by the technology in their life. Standing in an electronics store trying to decode the specs on a purchase can make anyone feel powerless. Worse it can leave you with costly mistakes that you can barely get out of the packaging. But it doesn't have to be that way. With the right education, you can regain the control you need to survive and thrive in the digital world. In Digitally Daunted, an IT pro and his practical wife show you how to demystify the mumbo jumbo and become a confident consumer of all the things that are supposed to make your life easier. You'll learn how to shop for and manage the electronics in your household: PCs to phone systems, televisions, cameras, and music and movie software and hardware.
Digitally Daunted will help you:
1. Choose, use, and maintain all the modern appliances you need or want
2. Decide what to buy, how to buy, and how much to spend
3. Get and stay connected on the Internet the fastest, cheapest, most secure way possible
4. Discover everything you needed to know about phone service, both landline and cellular
5. Determine what you need and want from your television, DVD player, DVD recorder, and servicea Get the most out of digital cameras still and video
6. Learn about new ways to enjoy your music, photos and videos Introduce you to the latest in home gaming systems
7. Figure out what to do when things go wrong
8. Organize your tech stuff with checklists for shopping, maintenance, and service calls
9. Also includes a glossary of all the tech terms you need to know, green tips and some suggested web resources.

My Review

There is only one word to describe Digitally Daunted – Useful. The book is exactly as its title state, it provides the reader with a basic, step by step guideline on purchasing, maintaining and troubleshooting the technology in our lives.  Some of the technology outlined in this book was computers, internet, cell phones, television, cameras and the media.

The book is written by two IT trained professionals and is full of information that can help the consumer understand some of the latest technological gadgets that currently exist. You would think that the content or jargon covered are complicated and would fly right over your head however the authors stay true to their word by making the book very basic and comprehensible. Added to that are the many checklists, comparison and price charts, personal records and reference sheets that all serve to make the reader more informed and empowered about their purchases.

The title is definitely fitting especially since we do live in a digital age. People can often get confused about the technology that they interact with. In reading this book, I did notice that this book is geared towards a specific age group even if it is not explicitly stated by the authors.  Digitally Daunted may be more relevant to digital immigrants or those of us who were not born in the digital era and have to grow accustom to using the technology. One example of a digital immigrant is a person born before the advent of the internet and email. I think the entire structure and content of the book would be more suitable to those people. However the book is too basic for digital natives or those of us who were born in the digital era and are already accustomed to these new technologies. My reason for saying this is because I can identify with this group and while reading through the book, I found that certain chapters were filled with information that I already knew.

Aside from this, I think that this book will make a great addition to one’s personal library or make a great gift.

CymLowell

3 comments:

Zee said...

This looks like a great book to have on hand. Thanks for the review.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I might not be a digital immigrant, but I'm enough of a late adapter to get something out of this crash course on the basics. Thanks for the review. =)

jewelknits said...

I am a total computer hound, but when it comes to figuring out how to set up a home entertainment system or figuring out what cables are for where on my flat-screen, I'm lost. This book looks to be a great resource!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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