While most Windows books concentrate on a ground floor approach, Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP takes an entirely different approach - one that assumes the reader is a bona fide Windows black belt who wants or needs to manage multiple users in a networked environment, turbocharge a Windows installation with registry tweaks or stop hackers in their tracks. This book doesn't waste time telling the reader how to simply live with Windows - it tells the user how to squeeze every last drop of performance from it.The CD contains one hour of video from Brainsville! This unique video package brings Bob and Brian right to the reader's desktop. This personal seminar digs deep into the guts of Windows XP and is a valuable addition to any power user's bag of tricks.
About the Author
Robert Cowart has written more than 40 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows (3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, and Me), Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible, Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required, and Special Edition Using Windows 2000 Professional. Several of his books have been best sellers in their category, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. He has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco and has appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN's Headline News, ZD-TV's The Screen Savers, and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is president and co-founder of Brainsville.com, a company specializing in creating multimedia training courses. Robert resides in Berkeley, California.
In his spare time he is involved in the music world, presenting chamber-music concerts and playing classical piano. He also is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 20 years. After doing graduate work in nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients have led to long-term projects in medical documentation, workflow management, real-time industrial system control, and most importantly, 20 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. He is the author of Windows XP Under the Hood: Hardcore Windows Scripting and Command Line Power, and with Bob Cowart wrote three titles in Que's Special Edition Using series, covering Windows 2000 Professional, XP Professional, and XP Home Edition. Brian lives in Albany, California, halfway between the tidal wave zone and the earthquake fault. He spends his free time restoring antique computers (check out http://www.ibm1130.org) and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.