Windows ME

Until recently, I did not own or use a computer that used Windows ME until I found project management jobs. However, circumstances decreed that I purchased english translations for my wife and it happened to be loaded with Windows ME.
O'Rielly's Windows ME Annoyances is very informative both on topics that are specific Windows ME annoyances and items that have been annoyances since the very first release of Windows 95.


Covered are such topics as: Making the Most of Windows ME, Basic Explorer Coping Skills, project manager jobs directory, The Registry, Tinkering Techniques, Maximizing Performance, Troubleshooting, Networking and Internetworking, Taking Control of Web Integration, Scripting and Automation,
and indexes. Some of the detailed items include such things as how to add an item to a pull down menu. I tried this and it worked exactly as written.


If the truth be known, this book is much more a collection of hints, tips and tricks you can use to find IT Jobs in the UK. I suppose that there would be much less of a market for a book titled, "A Collection of Hints, Tips and Tricks You Can Use to Make Windows Behave the Way You Want."
Is this an interesting read? Well, not really. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover. Rather, the extensive and well-laid-out index helps you find the specific information that will help you in almost any situation. If I were to suggest study of any part of this book, it would be the index. Second would be the Table of Contents.


Some of the described techniques are not for the faint of heart, as they require editing the registry. There is, however, a very well-written description of how to use Regedit and how the registry is laid out.
In the appendix B (DOS Resurrected), you'll find an "MS-DOS Crash Course" for those who are command line challenged. The book points out, clearly, that there are things that can be done in DOS which are either impossible to do in Windows or more difficult and time consuming (truly a book written after my own heart ).


Other parts of this book include detailed discussion of the pro's and con's of the various types of backup media. This has become a real problem issue with the exponential growth of hard drive capacities. After all, who is going to backup a 20 or 30GB hard drive on floppy disks (10GB would require 7,140 diskettes at a cost of roughly $1,428 per backup) or even Zip disks (100 Zip disks, the 100MB type, for $660)? In the long run, Travan tape came out ahead with a tape costing $40.00 handling up to 20GB and the drive costing about $150.


The chapter on troubleshooting includes an in-depth discussion of "Drivers" and explains what they are, how to load/reload them and what to do when they don't do what they should.
In all, I would say this is a VERY useful book for any owner of Windows ME (and actually somewhat helpful for earlier versions also). I give it two thumbs up.