A+ PC Technician's Pocket Reference
||Author: James F. Kelly, Brian Schwarz|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (28 April, 2003)
Sales Rank: 311,550
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
For a pocket reference, this is a good book. It covers all the relevant subjects, explains the issues concisely, and provides ample pictures to illustrate points.
However, there are several pictures that are wrong -- they show the wrong device for the explanation.
Secondly, a "pocket" reference simply can't contain all that much information.
Nevertheless, given the fact that this is a pocket reference, it is valueable in providing concise and relevant information, and it covers a wide range of topics that are important.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Tremendously useful PC reference
As with all self-styled pocket books, this title is too tall and thick to genuinely fit into a pocket. However, it is conveniently sized for carrying around in laptop bags and leaving on desks.
The thrust of this book is that it can help prepare one for CompTIA's A+ exam topics. In this regard, the publisher may well have sold themselves short; this book really is a tremendously useful collection of PC diagnostic information and any "serious" hobbyist or computer professional would do well to consider it as a resource, whether they intend to pursue A+ certification or not.
The book has a whopping 60 chapters plus index, but these average two pages each though some stretch to four pages. Hence, each topic is easily digested any may mean this book could server as the modern I.T. equivalent of a "bathroom reader"!
Despite its brevity, the author has packed useful, essential and practical information into each chapter. Topics range wildly from serial, parallel and USB connections to Internet sharing. These are divided into two broad categories, namely "parts and connectors" and "operating systems technologies", but this latter part includes technical detail on processors, hard drives and RAM that would more sensibly have formed a third section on their own.
The author has clearly gone to great efforts to produce a precise and accurate book. Careful definitions abound as do cautions such as one advising the term "IDE" can be used to correctly describe both ATA and SCSI drives due to the integrated controller in all modern harddrives. The author then goes on to explain that in practical terms, though, IDE is synonymous with ATA; it is only in highly technical literature that a reference to the "IDE nature" of a SCSI hard drive would be found.
This is undoubtedly a tremendous resource for those pursuing CompTIA A+ certification. Equally as certain, this is an excellent reference for all involved with computer troubleshooting and maintenance. It is especially handy for those who may have got into computing late and never got their hands dirty with DOS and IRQs.
· A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
· A+ Technician's On-the-Job Guide to Windows XP
· A+ Technician's On-the-Job Guide to Networking