April 4, 2001
Bestselling Author Tackles Windows Me Annoyances
Sebastopol, CA--Based on David Karp's extremely popular annoyances.org
web sites, O'Reilly's latest release,
Annoyances (US $29.95) is a collection of clear, practical solutions
for Me problems and techniques for customizing Windows Me.
"Annoyances is about having an attitude that allows you to take charge
of Windows, customize it, solve problems, and improve your experience
with your computer," says Karp. "I've always been interested in user
interfaces, making computers easier for people, the design of
computers, the design of machines in general. And on the web site I
started to see firsthand the problems people were having. I read a lot
of the comments, the things Microsoft never sees, the things Microsoft
doesn't pay any attention to--the users."
Packed with creative and seldom-documented ways to quickly identify and
fix a particular annoyance or customize Windows for individual needs,
Annoyances is the definitive, independent resource for
dealing with crashes, unintelligible error messages, unwanted icons,
and more. Readers can quickly identify annoyances and choose among
suggested solutions, adapting Windows to their needs rather than the
other way around.
In an ideal world, an operating system is a collection of software that
handles a computer's "dirty work" invisibly, quickly, and most of all,
painlessly. For many of us, however, Microsoft Windows exists outside
this ideal world. We are annoyed by "personalized menus" that keep
changing, icons we don't use cluttering up our "workspace," periodic
crashes, unintelligible error messages, and inadequate documentation to
help us figure it all out.
"Your computer should not be a 'black box', something for which you
must adjust the way you work and think," says Karp. "It's a hands-on,
flexible tool with many capabilities and limitations. Humans design
computers and the software that runs on them; so computers, by their
very nature, are imperfect and often troublesome machines."
In Windows Me
Annoyances, Karp provides the insider information
needed to overcome the many Windows annoyances and limitations. Whether
you're looking to finally solve a nagging problem, dramatically improve
system performance, or customize the interface to better suit your work
habits, the Windows Me Annoyances solution-oriented format makes
finding information and implementing solutions easy and pain free.
Thanks to the thorough and relevant documentation on the registry,
Windows Scripting Host, and Windows built-in networking capabilities,
customizing and improving Windows Me is easier than ever. "Instead of
being intimidated by the software, you have to take an active roll in
fixing the problem. And an active roll in fixing the problem is what
Annoyances is all about," explains Karp.
Karp originally created his
in early 1995 while using the beta version of Windows 95. His best selling
book Windows Annoyances (1997) compiled the information his web site
users found invaluable on Windows 95. His second book
Annoyances (1998) was also a bestseller.
Annoyances is a completely new volume, containing more solutions,
undocumented secrets and troubleshooting information, but retaining the
clear straightforward style that have made his web site--and his first two
What the critics have said about previous editions:
"When Windows 95 was released, one source that many of us used was not
a book, but a home page called Windows 95 Annoyances Home Page. The
designer, David Karp, merely found out what problems users were having
and put answers on this home page. O'Reilly and Associates saw the
wisdom of this approach and has just published Windows Annoyances...by
none other than David Karp."
--The Washington Post, August 1997
"One common complaint about Windows 98 is that it comes with no
manuals...for folks who want more than the basics, and don't mind
messing around under the hood, Windows 98 Annoyances by David A. Karp
is an excellent choice. It helps you cope with the many quirks of
Win98...Annoyances also offers tons of convenience--and
--Stephen H. Wildstrom, Newsweek, Nov 23, 1998
"Intermediate to advanced users who find dumbed-down Windows 98 help
books less than useful, are in for a pleasant surprise. Windows 98
Annoyances goes beyond rehashed tips for beginners to take a serious
look at the new operating system and some of its more exasperating
"features." Despite the title, the author David A. Karp spends little
time dwelling on the negative, preferring a if it's wrong, let's fix
it" approach. Karp's style is friendly and witty without getting in the
way of the information. I thought I knew a lot of Windows 98 tricks and
workarounds; Windows 98 Annoyances made me feel like a neophyte. If
you're fine with Windows the way it is--and you have the patience of a
saint--you don't need this book. But if you've ever gritted your teeth
while Windows 98 started searching your floppy drive for no apparent
reason, this could be the best $25 you've ever spent."
--Jon Jacobi, PC World, Nov 1998
"For anyone starting out with Win95, or those who have considered
tossing their PC out the window as a consequence of trying to use it,
this is the book to buy--a truly invaluable tool."
--J.R. Griffin, Contributing Editor, The Missouri Review
"Windows 98 Annoyances pays for itself in time saved,
frustration avoided, and satisfaction gained."
--Marc Dacey, Toronto Computes!, January 1999
By David A. Karp
ISBN 0-596-00060-X, 450 pages, $29.95 (US)
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