Sunday Reading 

Ignore the weeds and get into the garden, make the most of the summer with a couple of good books. Here I have a recent offering from the Dummies series and one that could even improve your memory.
Laptops all-in-one reference for dummies

Laptops All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies ISBN 978-0-470-14092-5

This is described as ten books in one and best of all being for notebooks you could even sneak your notebook out with you to try a few of what it says while catching some sun.

This takes you through the initial choices right through to getting help to solving those annoying problems.

The ten books included by Corey Sandler are Choosing the Best Laptop, Setting Up Your Laptop, Running Basic Windows Operations, Using Common Applications, Playing With Multimedia, Managing Your Power Supply, Upgrading Your Laptop, Networking and Linking to the Internet, Protecting Your Laptop, Troubleshooting Common Problems.

A total of 772 pages and 37 chapters spread over the seven books. The style gets things across and even subjects that the thought were beyond you become understandable with the simple way that Dummies books explain things.

I am pleased to say that the odd cartoon that has been missing in some resent offerings are here and a decent chuckle often helps stop brain overload.

The 30 pages at the end that form the index and once you have read the book then the index should soon point you to the section that needs revision for whatever the problem you face.

Books (like phones) are a nightmare to quote and all I suggest is that you search around yourself but remember if buying online find out if p&p is included or extra as this offering weights over a kilo. Amazon for example will ship for free for £12.99 :

Age-Proof Your Brain ISBN 978-0-00-723310-6

Tony Buzan Age-Proof Your Brain

Mostly the books I look at are computer orientated, here is one that is likely to appeal to all especially those of more mature years. If you are like me you go into a room and once you get there wonder why you came. If you are lucky a few seconds thought and it comes back to you. If not you leave and maybe then it comes back to you.

Tony Buzan the author claims that you can 'Sharpen your memory in only 7 days' I have tried a piece of software he had a hand in and while my language skills are still poor I certainly remember more French than I though I did or maybe his skills output in that package really taught me it. (Collins French for Beginners 27-4-08)

This is 356 pages and you remember by trying some of the exercises in the book. At first your results will probably (if like me) be poor but mine anyway improved. The book is laid out over a seven week period and while some improvements should show is less you really should complete the course. Happily for me the answers to some of the puzzles are shown in the back.

Certainly I currently seem to go into rooms less often without knowing why, coincidence, maybe, only time will tell. Price from the link below is currently £8.99 including shipping.

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