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PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 1

What Is This Thing, This PC?

In This Chapter

arrow Answering some common PC questions

arrow Understanding basic computer concepts

arrow Knowing about hardware and software

arrow Buying a computer

arrow Realizing that your PC is quite dumb

Iwish that computers were evil. It would be easier to understand the computer if it were upfront about being evil and expressed its malevolent desire to get you. Minus that negative assurance, you end up operating the PC under a constant suspicion. That’s not healthy. So instead of fearing, try understanding. Maybe Mr. PC isn’t so bad after all?

Some Quick Questions to Get Out of the Way

Doubtless, your mind is abuzz with various questions about computers. I ask myself computer questions often, so don’t think that your curiosity is unusual. Trust me: Few people over the age of 26 are comfortable when first encountering anything high-tech.

“What is a PC?”

A PC is a computer — specifically, an acronym for personal computer.

Historically, the beast was known as a ...

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