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2007 Beginners' Workshop



Fabulous Door Prizes!


Windows Vista Home Premium
($299.99 retail value)

Here it is: the preferred edition of Windows for home desktop and mobile PC's. Windows Vista Home Premium delivers the productivity and entertainment that you need from your PC at home or on the go. It includes Windows Media Center, which helps you more easily enjoy your digital photos, TV, movies, and music. Plus, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your PC has a whole new level of security and reliability. All together, Windows Vista Home Premium redefines enjoyment in home computing.

Windows Vista Home Premium


Windows Live OneCare Windows Live OneCare
($49.99 retail value)

Introducing Windows Live OneCare, the all-in-one, always-on PC care service from Microsoft. It works quietly in the background on your computer, so you don't have to worry about nasty interruptions from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other unwanted intruders. It also goes beyond security, regularly backing up all your important files and cleaning up and tuning up your computer to help keep it running at top speed. Because you have better things to do with your PC.


McAfee Internet Security Suite
(Multiple copies - each $79.99 retail value)

McAfee Internet Security Suite with SiteAdvisor provides trusted PC and Internet protection so your whole family can enjoy online activities such as surfing the Web, shopping, banking, e-mailing and instant messaging. Always on, always protecting and always updating, McAfee delivers a worry-free Internet experience because it guards both your identity and your PC from viruses, spyware, e-mail and phishing scams, and hackers.

McAfee Internet Security Suite


McAfee VirusScan Plus McAfee VirusScan Plus
(Multiple copies - each $49.99 retail value)

With the wide variety of viruses, hackers and blended threats lurking on the Internet today, you need more than a simple anti-virus program to keep your PC and files secure. McAfee VirusScan Plus AntiVirus, Firewall & AntiSpyware provides the essential protection you need to surf the Web and download files safely.


We will also be drawing for a whole raft of books related to various aspects of computer hardware, operating systems, and security, kindly donated by O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly Media


Building the Perfect PC Building the Perfect PC
The perfect PC is one you build yourself. Learn how!
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Second Edition December 2006
(Retail Value: $37.45)
Regardless of your technical experience, Building the Perfect PC will guide you through the entire process of building or upgrading your own computer. You'll use the latest top-quality components, including Intel's Core 2 Duo and AMD's Athlon X2 CPUs. And you'll know exactly what's under the hood and how to fix or upgrade your PC, should that become necessary. Not only is the process fun, but the result is often less expensive and always better quality and far more satisfying than anything you could buy off the shelf.

Inside the Machine
An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture
Jon M. Stokes
First Edition, December 2006
(Retail Value: $53.45)
Inside the Machine explains how microprocessors operate - what they do, and how they do it. Written by the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica site, the book begins with the fundamentals of computing, defining what a computer is and using analogies, numerous 4-color diagrams, and clear explanations to communicate the concepts that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book goes on to cover specific microprocessors, discussing in detail how they work and how they differ.

Inside the Machine

Repairing and Upgrading Your PC Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
First Edition, March 2006
(Retail Value: $37.45)
Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and upgrade all of your PC's essential components.

Building Extreme PCs
The Complete Guide to Modding and Custom PCs
Ben Hardwidge
First Edition, February 2006
(Retail Value: $26.75)
Building Extreme PCs is the ultimate guide to the world of PC modification and customization. Both a showcase and a DIY handbook, it goes in-depth into system building, overclocking, cooling, and modification, reveals the secrets of optimization and benchmarking, then moves on to cover some of the most exciting and inspirational custombuilt systems around. From silent systems to multi-processor monsters, from gaming powerhouses to neon-lit speed machines, this book has it all, complete with guidance from the people who made them.

Building Extreme PCs

PCs: The Missing Manual PCs: The Missing Manual
Andy Rathbone
First Edition, December 2005
(Retail Value: $26.70)
PCs: The Missing Manual delivers everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working how you want. From hooking everything up to configuring today's must-have digital media devices; from burning CDs and DVDs to setting up blogs and webcams; and from networking several computers to accessing TV and radio online, there's something for everyone.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks - A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook
Rickford Grant
Second Edition: June 2007
(Retail Value: $37.40)
This newbie's guide to Ubuntu - now updated for Feisty Fawn, the latest Ubuntu release - lets readers learn by doing. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts and increase the reader's understanding of topics such as installing new software; Internet connectivity; working with removable devices; and even handling DVDs and iPods. Average desktop users are eased into the world of commands, thus allowing them to work with script-based applications; converting RPMs to DEB files; and compiling software from source.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks

Fedora Linux Fedora Linux - A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution
Chris Tyler
First Edition: October 2006
(Retail Value: $42.80)
Whether you are running the stable version of Fedora Core or bleeding-edge Rawhide releases, this book has something for every level of user. The modular, lab-based approach not only shows you how things work--but also explains why--and provides you with the answers you need to get up and running with Fedora Linux.

Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
William R. Stanek
First Edition: February 2007
(Retail Value: $53.50)
Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, this complete guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer -- regardless of which Windows Vista edition you're using. Windows expert William Stanek doesn't just teach you the steps you need to follow, he also tells you how features work, why they work, and how you can adapt them to meet your needs.

Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide

Windows Vista for Starters Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual
David Pogue
First Edition: January 2007
(Retail Value: $21.40)
Fast-paced and easy to use, this concise book teaches you the basics of Windows Vista so you can start using the operating system right away. Written by "New York Times" columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue, the book covers Vista quickly and clearly so you can navigate the desktop, the Media Center, Internet Explorer 7, and much more.

Computer Security Basics
Rick Lehtinen and G.T. Gangemi, Sr.
Second Edition: June 2006
(Retail Value: $42.80)
The new edition builds on the well-established principles developed in the original edition and thoroughly updates that core knowledge. For anyone involved with computer security, including security administrators, system administrators, developers, and IT managers, Computer Security Basics 2nd Edition offers a clear overview of the security concepts you need to know, including access controls, malicious software, security policy, cryptography, biometrics, as well as government regulations and standards.

Computer Security Basics

Steal This Computer Book 4.0 Steal This Computer Book 4.0 - What They Won't Tell You About the Internet
Wallace Wang
Fourth Edition: May 2006
(Retail Value: $32.05)
This offbeat, non-technical book examines what hackers do, how they do it, and how readers can protect themselves. Informative, irreverent, and entertaining, the completely revised fourth edition of Steal This Computer Book contains new chapters discussing the hacker mentality, lock picking, exploiting P2P file sharing networks, and how people manipulate search engines and pop-up ads. Includes a CD with hundreds of megabytes of hacking and security-related programs that tie-in to each chapter in the book.

PC Pest Control
Preston Gralla
First Edition: July 2005
(Retail Value: $26.70)
This comprehensive guide helps you guard against Internet pests like adware, spyware, Trojans, spam, phishing, and more. Written in a non-intimidating manner, it describes each problem and its symptoms, rates the danger level, and then shows you how to solve the problem step by step. Lets you surf the web with a whole new level of confidence.

PC Pest Contro


And finally, another couple of books, this time from Microsoft Canada

Microsoft Canada


Breakthrough - Windows Vista Breakthrough Windows Vista: Find Your Favorite Features and Discover the Possibilities
Joli Ballew and S.E. Slack
Microsoft Corporation, 2007
(Retail Value: $21.40)
Learn how to use the Microsoft Windows Vista features that interest you most with this full-color guide that gives you the straight scoop. Packed with information in manageable-sized projects, you can jump right in to any topic that interests you. You’ll discover everything from how to set up your new operating system, to accessing the Windows Vista Sidebar and customizing it with the gadgets you use most, to helping ensure a more secure setup. Plus, you can discover the media possibilities with Windows Vista: set up Media Center and watch and record live television; create, share, and organize your photos, music, and videos; be a director and make your own movies with Movie Maker. Discover the possibilities of what you can do with Windows Vista!

Plain & Simple - 2007 Microsoft Office System
Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon
Microsoft Press, 2007
(Retail Value: $27.80)
Get the fast facts that make learning the 2007 Microsoft Office system plain and simple! This no-nonsense guide uses easy numbered steps and concise, straightforward language that show the most expedient ways to learn a skill or solve a problem.

Plain & Simple - 2007 Microsoft Office System


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