Computer Book Reviews
Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve KrugQue, October 2000.
Trade Paperback, 195 pages.
One thing many websites lack is clear navigation. Futhermore, many websites offer too much Flash, animated graphics or other multimedia that website users are not expecting and don't appreciate. Many website retailers could increase their sales by simply fixing these problems. The concept is called website usability and it helps web developers look at their website from a user's point of view. It helps you realize how users browse and search your website and what you need to have on your website to meet their navigational needs. Don't Make Me Think acts as an introduction to the subject of website usability, with clear explanations and examples. Concepts introduced and covered in the book include how people use the Web, billboard design, tabs, writing for the Web, homepage design and usability testing. Many examples from real web problems and solutions are provided.
Author Steve Krug is a web consultant who uses the concept of usability to help his clients. In this book, he offers much of the same advice he offers his clients. Although this book is relatively short for a computer book (under 200 pages), it contains a great deal of well-explained, practical information. If you are a professional web developer or designer, this should be on your desk or easily accessible in your bookshelf. It is probably ten times more important than all your Java programming books, web graphic tools and Flash web design books combined. Highly recommended.
Trade Paperback, 996 pages.
Practical Windows ME by Faithe WempenQue, August 2000.
Trade Paperback, 575 pages.
This is an introductory reference to the Windows Millennium Edition (Windows ME), which was recently released from Microsoft. Windows ME topics covered in the book include installing Windows ME, running programs, managing files, networking, connecting to the Internet, troubleshooting device problems, customizing the desktop, installing hardware, printers, email, web publishing, optimizing your computer, security and finding Windows help online. To ensure that each Windows ME procedure or concept is easily understand the book includes screen shots, outlines, tips and step-by-step instructions. The reference also includes a section with links to online Windows ME resources and a glossary defining technical terms.
The book can be used by beginners to Windows and by users familiar with Windows, but want to learn more about how to use the Windows ME edition. The book's design also makes it simple to quickly find an answer to a specific problem. Practical Windows ME is a helpful problem solving tool and reference that users of Windows ME will want to have near their computers.
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