This is the official Website for the Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living and Secret Tutoring. Those services and this site were created by Russ Walter & staff. Fans have invented hundreds of other sites about us, but just this site is up to date!
You can reach this site by typing "SecretFun.com" (or "TrickyLiving.com", "TrickyLiving.org", "SecretGuide.org", or "SecretGuideToComputers.com").
Just this site gives complete help about computers, life, and tutoring. It gets you:
free help about computers, academic subjects, and life, by phone, immediately
free chapters from the Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living
discounts on buying complete printed books
lowest rates on top-quality in-person tutoring
best free Websites from other Webmasters
best free videos from YouTube & beyond
The 31st edition of the "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" is a single gigantic book, totaling 703 pages. It includes updated info on computer dealers, classic Windows, modern Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), best Websites, modern e-mail systems (Live Mail, Yahoo Mail, and GMail), the iPad, Microsoft Office, modern programming (in Java, QB64, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual C#), axiomatic math, Spanish pronunciation, Bible translations, and fun stuff. This edition is also more "family friendly" than earlier editions, though it still analyzes adult-oriented topics such as politics, religion, and sex. It lists for just $25 total. Join your friends, to get discounts of 20%, 40%, and 60%.
That 31st edition was written in 2011, for use in 2012 & 2013. If you have that edition already, click here for a list of updates & corrections.
The 32nd edition will probably be published at the end of January. It will add:
Windows 8 & 8.1: for all-in-ones & laptops, by HP & Acer
advanced iPad commands: iOS 5 & 6 & 7, for iPad generations 3 & 4 & 5/Air & iPhone
Android & popular variants: for phones & tablets by Samsung, Asus, HTC, and E-Fun
Microsoft Office 2013: the Office 365 version
updated browsers & email: new IE, Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail
rating all U.S. Presidents: from George Washington to Barack Obama
many other topics
We've dropped prices of all earlier editions (up through the 30th edition) to $3 each.
This site lets you read free parts of the current & earlier editions, online. The fastest, cheapest way to get complete books is to phone 603-666-6644 (day or night, 24 hours, we're usually in). We offer many other ordering methods, discounts, and shipping choices.
Whenever you want free help about computers, life, or academic subjects, call Russ Walter's New Hampshire cell phone at 603-666-6644. Call anytime (day or night, 24 hours): he's usually in and sleeps just lightly. We charge nothing (though your phone company might charge for making a non-local call).
Ask anything, for free help! For example, Russ will help you deal with Windows 8, tablets, and smartphones, get discounts on hardware and software, use your software's tricky features, repair your computer, reprogram your computer, and develop your career. He also answers questions about personal relationships, homework, math, English, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and hundreds of other topics covered in the "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living."
Join the fun: call 603-666-6644 now! He's usually in. (If he doesn't answer, he's out on a brief errand: try an hour later or leave a voicemail.)
Russ can answer most questions. If he doesn't know the answer to yours, he'll guide you to finding the answer elsewhere. He's a good place to start your hunt for the answer.
We make Russ obey just 3 restrictions:
He can't read his books over the phone (but he can tell you which pages answer your question).
He can't help you do bad things (such as use software that's pirated or inappropriate).
He's limited to an average of 7 minutes per call (but you can call often, and he lets some calls go longer).
If you want a help session that's longer (many hours), you can hire Russ & Donna to be your private tutors, cheaply! Click here for details.
The "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" is the world's only complete tutorial about computers & life: it explains how to buy, use, fix, reprogram, and manage computers and deal with the rest of life.
We've improved the book for many years. Now we've finished the 31st edition.
Earlier editions were praised and used by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PC World, and hundreds of other publications, for being the best computer & lifestyle books ever written. Over a million copies have been sold.
This 31st edition is even better. Its 703 huge pages include more than 40,000 improvements over the previous edition. It includes these 52 chapters, grouped into 10 sections....
Buyer's guide: using this book, how to shop, chips, disks, I/O devices, software, complete systems
Windows: how to start, WordPad, Paint, nifty features
Internet: providers, Web, e-mail
Fixes: security, maintenance, repairs
Strange systems: iPad, DOS
Word processing: Word 2007&2010, Word 2002&2003, Works
Tricky applications: spreadsheets, pictures, movies, desktop publishing, Web-page design, databases, accounting, games, humanity
Tricky living: health, daily survival, intellectual life, arts, government, American cultures, foreign cultures, Donna's comments, morals, sex
exotic languages, assembler
Computer life: our past, your future, resources
Read for free 17 chapters of the 31st "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" by clicking here
Read for free 20 chapters of the 30th "Secret Guide to Computers" by clicking here
Read for free 20 chapters of the second "Tricky Living" by clicking here
Read for free 20 chapters of older editions by clicking here
Test your knowledge of computers & tricky living, free, by clicking here
Get a free brochure about us by e-mailing your street address to Russ@SecretFun.com
Get free consulting on all topics by phoning Russ at 603-666-6644 (day or night, 24 hrs., usually in)
See links to free fun sites by clicking here and here
Thousands of reviewers worldwide have praised the previous "Secret Guide to Computers" for being the best computer book ever written. Here are links to sample reviews, unabridged at their own Websites:
Florida's Hometown News review of the 30th edition
Epublishers Weekly Review of the 30th edition
Texas Golden Triangle PC Club review of the 29th edition
Christian Computing Magazine's review of the 28th edition
Epinions review of the 27th edition
The "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" (31st edition) lists for $25, but pay less by joining your friends:
20% discount for 2 copies: pay just $20 each
40% discount for 4 copies: pay just $15 each
60% discount for 60 copies: pay just $10 each
If you get the 31st edition, we recommend you also get the 27th (which includes many classic topics that aren't in the 28th, 29th, 30th, or 31st). To see how editions differ, click here.
If you order copies of the 31st edition, we assume you want them all printed on paper, unless you ask us to switch some of the copies to CD-R disk instead, which we do at no extra charge. The CD-R disk includes 3 copies of the text: 1 in "plain Microsoft Word", 1 in "Microsoft Word with embedded fonts", and 1 in "PDF with embedded font characters." It helps 3 groups of people:
the blind who have a talking computer
overloaded travelers who can't lug our huge books
authors who want to copy our writing into their own books, handouts, and Websites
We offer 3 shipping methods:
standard (1½ weeks) is free; it's available just to the U.S.
rush (1 week) costs just $5 total, even if your order is huge
international (1½ weeks) costs $8 per book; it's required for shipments outside the U.S.
Those approximate shipping times can vary by 50%, depending on your location and season. Phone 603-666-6644 if you want to check this week's shipping times & methods for your location.
We offer 5 ordering methods:
phone Russ Walter at 603-666-6644 (24 hours, he's usually in) with your credit card
e-mail to Russ@SecretFun.com, giving your card #, its expiration date, and your street address
mail a check, money order, or cash (from any country)
to The Secret Guide to Computers, 196 Tiffany Lane, Manchester NH 03104-4782
wire funds from your local Western Union or MoneyGram agent (in most countries)
to Russell M. Walter, Manchester NH (then tell us you did)
resellers set their own prices but rarely match our discounts; to find resellers, call 603-666-6644