Are you frustrated with your computer? Bombarded by error messages? Did your uncle's neighbor's cat's cousin come over and install pirated software? Is your computer dreadfully slow? Don't bother buying a new one! In this book, you'll learn:
About viruses, spyware, toolbars, and spam
How fake cleaning programs turned the industry into a grease fire
(and how your local computer guy may be pouring water on it)
What really causes slow computers
How fake tech support scammers scare you out of your money
What a proper, verifiable backup is
How to avoid buying a new computer every few years
How to avoid spending a fortune on printer ink
Why updates ruin your phone so often
Who's monitoring what you say and type - legally
How the industry plans on controlling us next
...all in Plain English!!!
This book is meant to act as a guide for the 99% of intelligent people on Earth who are intimidated by technology and don't want to become programmers or mechanics just to get online. We'll go inside the mind of the the "more features = better" geeks responsible for all the helplessness, we'll de-mystify and debunk the myths and rumors, and we'll get you feeling more confident in no time!
Marc-Anthony Arena was born in the 80s, back when technology was hopeful.
He attended the all-boys McQuaid Jesuit High School, and then the mostly-boys Rochester Institute of Technology, where he majored in Business Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Spanish, and Russian. There, he co-founded a juice bar and a local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Marc has worked in the IT industry since 2000, and is currently President and Founder of both Teknosophy, LLC, and Streamplicity. He is also the host of "The Computer Exorcist Show" on WYSL Radio, available on AM, FM, and online.
In his free time, he enjoys funny Internet videos, roadtrips down the Eastern Seaboard, cigars, Tai Chi, foreign languages, buying old convertibles, and paying dearly for their repairs.
By the time you read this, he should have retired to the Italian countryside. There, he'll eat lamb every day, and never have to touch another computer again.
1. Intro 2. The Confusion Industry 3. Concepts & Threats 4. The New Threats 5. How it's DONE, Son! 6. How It All Works 7. The Future 8. Appendices