Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living

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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
24 free chapters from the Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living (fast-loading HTML)
link to San Jose PC Club's Website containing free PDFs of all 49 chapters (pretty but slow)
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
free famous songs sung by our Donna in English, Chinese, and Latin


The 33rd edition of the "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" is the fastest way to learn the new secrets of computers - and life! It's 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.

The 33rd edition finally came off the press. It's here now, available for immediate shipment to you. You can order it now by phoning 603-666-6644.

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 were sold. This 33rd edition is even better.

It's a single gigantic book, totaling 703 pages. It includes more than 40,000 improvements over the previous edition.

It adds these recent topics:

Windows 10: how to use the original edition & Anniversary Update
iOS 10.2: how to use the iPhone & iPad now
Modern Android: Marshmallow, Best Buy's Insignia Flex, and Samsung's S7 & Tab A
Microsoft Office: how to use Office 365 & 2016
Death: its statistics & causes, from cancer & otherwise
"No bell" prize: 2nd-derivative happiness & 2 new methods of infinitesimal calculus
2016 Presidential election: analyzing pros & cons of all 29 serious contenders, Trumped
Visual Studio: the Community edition for Visual Basic & Visual C#
Python: how to program using Python 3.4.3
Many other topics: surprising changes about computers & tricky living

You get 49 chapters, grouped into 8 mega-chapters:

Buying: use this book, how to shop, chips, disks, I/O devices, software, complete systems
Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7, Web, email, security, maintenance, repairs, command prompt
Handhelds: iPad & iPhone, pure Android, Samsung's Android
Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access
Tricky tech: pictures, Web-page design, games, humanity
Tricky living: health, daily survival, intellectuals, arts, government, American cultures, foreign cultures, Donna's comments, morals, sex
Programming: QBasic & QB64, Visual Basic, Python, JavaScript & JScript, Java, Visual C#, exotic languages, assembler
Parting: our past, your future, resources

This site lets you read, for free, parts of the 33rd & 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. For example, the 33rd edition lists for $25, but you pay less by ordering more than 1 copy. We've reduced prices of all earlier editions; most are reduced to just $2, with free U.S. shipping.

How to get FREE phone help

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 10 & predecessors, 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 available. (If he doesn't answer, he's 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.

Get FREE treats

Read for free 24 chapters of the 33rd "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" by clicking here
Read for free 20 chapters of the 32nd "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" by clicking here
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 16 chapters of older editions by clicking here
Test your knowledge of computers & tricky living, free, by clicking here
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Get free consulting on all topics by phoning Russ at 603-666-6644 (day or night, 24 hrs., usually in)
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Rated the best by reviewers

Thousands of reviewers worldwide have praised the previous "Secret Guide to Computers" for being the best computer book ever written. To see reviews, click here.

How to get the complete books

The "Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living" (33rd 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

We've reduced prices on all earlier editions (which explain classic computers & lifestyles):

edition 32 just $7
edition 31 just $5
edition 30 just $3
all other editions just $2 per book

If you get the 33rd edition, you should also consider getting earlier editions (especially the 27th), which include many classic topics that aren't in the 33rd. To see how editions differ, click here.

If you order copies of the 33rd edition, we assume you want them all printed on paper, unless you ask us to switch one of the copies to a copiable CD-R disk instead, which we do at no extra charge. The CD-R disk includes 8 copies of the text: 2 formats in "plain Microsoft Word", 2 in "Microsoft Word with embedded fonts", 2 in "Microsoft Word converted to older format," and 2 in "PDF with embedded font characters." It helps 5 groups of people:

blind folks whose software lets the computer read the disk out loud
travelers too overloaded to lug the printed book
authors who copy our info into their own books, handouts, and Websites
researchers who search using the disk instead of the book's index
foreigners who avoid the printed book's international shipping charge

We offer 3 shipping methods:

standard is free, available just to the U.S. (1 week to ZIP codes under 30000, 1½ weeks elsewhere)
rush costs just $5 total (even if your order is huge); it's slightly faster, available just to the U.S.
international costs $10 per printed book to Canada (1½ weeks), $15 per to other countries (2½ weeks)

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 4 ordering methods:

call Russ's cell phone at 603-666-6644 (24 hours, he's usually available) with your credit card

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