Amazon.com, Books, Windows 8.1

Easy Windows 8.1's a great way to learn Windows

From the US and the UK, great reviews keep coming in for my latest Easy-series book, Easy Windows 8.1:

“I found this book to be an excellent teaching tool for the basics of Windows 8.1.” Five-star review on Amazon.com

“this is a brimful edition and is more comprehensive than many other similar books. Ideal for understanding and using the many facets of windows 8.1. it is a very detailed book and chockful of info and useful diagrams all logically laid out.” – Five-star review on Amazon.co.uk

Whether you use a touchscreen PC or tablet or use keyboard and mouse, Easy Windows 8.1 is a great way to get more out of Windows.

 

Amazon.com, Android, Barnes and Noble, Books, iOS, network security, PC and Gadget Help Desk, Photography, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Put PC and Gadget Help Desk to work for you and your tech

My latest book, The PC and Gadgets Help Desk, is my most ambitious troubleshooting book yet. It shows youCover for Mark Edward Soper's The PC and Gadget Help Desk how to:

  • Back up your Windows computers and devices (tablets, all-in-ones, laptops and desktops)
  • Back up your Android and iOS smartphones and tablets
  • Connect your mobile devices and Windows devices to HDTVs and home theater systems
  • Stop attacks on your devices
  • Recover lost data…

…and much more. Check it out at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or directly from the publisher.

Amazon.com, Microsoft, Tech news, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Easy Windows 8.1 is Ready for You!

My latest book, Easy Windows 8.1, is now available in print and various e-book versions. It offers full-color visual step-by-step instructions for Windows 8.1’s new and improved features (travel, search, digital photo shooting and editing, and more) along with instructions designed for both touchscreen and mouse/keyboard users. Grab a free sample chapter at the Que Publishing website, where you can also buy a print copy or watermarked PDF , ePUB, or MOBI versions.

Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon.com (and Amazon.com is offering a sweet $5.00 coupon off the print version right now!). Print and Nook versions are available at Barnes & Noble.
Cover of Easy Windows 8.1 by Mark Edward Soper

Amazon.com, CompTIA A+ Certification, Windows 7

CompTIA A+ Certification Changes Coming – Are You Ready?

CompTIA A+ Certification exams usually change every three years to reflect changes in the industry, the new exams usually have new numbers, and once you achieve A+ Certification, you keep it for life. 

Starting in January 2011, none of these will be true. CompTIA’s current 220-701 (A+ Essentials) and 220-702 (Practical Applications) exams will be replaced by new exams with the same exam numbers! What’s new? Windows 7 coverage.  Windows 7 has been such a big success at both the retail and corporate levels (unlike the unloved Windows Vista) that CompTIA decided not to wait to roll out changes. But wait, there’s more!

Because the new 2011 CompTIA A+ Certification exams will be ANSI certified, CompTIA A+ Certifications will no longer be “for life” as with certifications earned in the past and up through December 31, 2010.  Instead, the new A+ Certification CE (continuing education) will be good for three years. Fortunately, CompTIA has created a list of many activities A+ techs might already perform that are good for CE credits.

Cover of Mark E Soper's CompTIA A+ Cert GuideSo, if you want a lifetime CompTIA A+ certification without worrying about CE credits or Windows 7, there’s still (barely) time to get yourself to a testing center. To get yourself up to speed, I’d suggest getting a copy of my book CompTIA A+ 220-701 and 220-702 Cert Guide and using its extensive print and DVD-based resouces to prepare yourself.

Amazon.com, Books, Radio, Windows Vista

Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center

My tenth book, Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center, has just been published by Que.

Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center

It’s a complete guide to the Windows Media Center feature in Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions. Special features include:

– How to connect standard and HDTVs and home theater systems to your PC

– How to watch and record TV and movies

– How to find your favorite actors, directors, and genres

– How to use WMC to help you with fantasy sports

– How to play both casual and high-performance 3D games from your WMC desktop

– How to access media on other PCs through WMC

– How to use an Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Extender

– How to use Windows Media Center, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Movie Maker to make WMC even more powerful

– Where to find the best third-party programs that make WMC even more powerful

– How to watch TV on your WMC PC, even if you don’t have a TV tuner

Hear my interview with Plugged In’s Justin Williams here. Read the Amazon.com reviews here.

Amazon.com, Books, Christianity, holidays, InformIT, MaximumPC, Sacredness of Human Life

Welcome to Dawn Patrol Readers

If you’ve reached this blog via my guest post at The Dawn Patrol, welcome! Many thanks to Ms. Eden for allowing me to speak to her readers. While you’re here, I hope you’ll find useful information to help keep your computer running smoothly.

This blog is primarily about my full-time work as a technology writer and consultant. I do most of my day-to-day blogging at Maximum PC’s newly-remodeled website, and also blog from time to time at Amazon.com (where my current and older books are available for purchase) and my publisher’s developer-oriented website, InformIT.com.

To get a taste of what I think about topics that are more important in the long run than the latest computer or photography gizmo, see the Beyond Technology – Thoughts on Ultimate Issues (God, Life, Right and Wrong) section of this website.

Have a wonderful 4th of July – and beyond.

 

Amazon.com, Appearances, Books, Windows Vista

Owensboro's GOTIT! Vista Questions, That Is.

Many thanks to the men and women who attended my talk on Windows Vista SP1, “What’s In It for Business?” yesterday at Owensboro’s Colby’s Restaurant. The Greater Owensboro Territory Information Technologists (GETIT) asked a lot of great questions about Windows Vista and SP1. Some also purchased my new book Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed – a great gift for Vista users.

Both GOTIT and its sister organization in Evansville, GETIT, sponsor outstanding speakers on technology issues monthly. Check out upcoming events at the GETIT/GOTIT information page hosted by the Evansville Public Library’s website.