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is this thing on“Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming is the perfect Christmas gift for the non technical person you know.  For me, this is my mom.  I love her dearly, but she doesn’t even know how to turn the computer on.  At one point, I think we wrote her directions out, but this book is ten times better.  The book starts out assuming that you know nothing about computers (which is an awesome starting point.  Most books I’ve seen assume you have some sort of understanding).  It talks you through why you want a computer, how to buy it, how to set it up (without having to pay the GeekSquad to come to your house), and it even shows you how to get online and send email!  It teaches you about instant messaging and blogs too.  It walks you through digital photography and even items like cell phones, ipods, and blackberries.  This is must have guide for anyone who isn’t online due to fear.  Is This Thing On? doesn’t talk down to you and really makes it extremely understandable with its clear language and illustrations.  This book gets my two thumbs up!


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9 thoughts on “Is This Thing On?”

  1. This book is sure to be a runaway bestseller! There are so many people who really DON'T know how to even turn on the computer, much less make it do it's magic 🙂

  2. I agree with all of the above. What a great book! And a great gift for mom, dad, mother-in-law, grandpa…Okay, full disclosure. I'm Abby and I wrote "Is This Thing On?". Lisa, thank you for your wonderful review. I hope you do all buy the book and that I hear from whoever you buy it for.

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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.View Author posts

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