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A+ book for non certification

Discussion in 'A+' started by Phoenix, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    I have a guy on my team that's keen on understanding more about technology (he's one of the sales guys on the solutions teams)

    He's happy to admit at the moment he knows very little, and doesn't try to kid anyone about it, he is however keen to learn, and I told him I would be happy to help

    Are any of you aware of a decent A+ book that's useful for those not just pursuing the cert?
    Does the famous Meyers book go into enough detail about theory? If so then I'll get one ordered, just wanted to see what those of you who have recently read these books think first :)

    Cheers
     
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  2. derkit

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    glad to hear some non-IT people are getting interested!

    I think the Mike Meyers 5th edition (for 2003 objectives) would be perfect for this task - after I've passed I'm passing the book to my grandfather who is keen to read it. He has no desire to take any exams, but is still keen to fill the gaps in his knowledge. Admittedly though, he does know the inside of a computer and Windows pretty well, so may be just a refresh for him.

    If the company is paying for the book, grab it, if he's buying it - maybe £30 new is too steep - maybe a 2nd hand 5th edition can be found cheaper...
     
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  3. Tinus1959

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    Depends on what he wants to know. Just a skimming of the facts, so he can level with the techies without al the details: A+ for dummies might be a start. It is by far not enough for the exam, but it has the info.
    On the other end of the scale I find "upgrading and repairing PC's" (or Laptops or servers; there are more books in this series).
    You will even find the pingrid layout of your processor here.
     
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  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Street Smarts?
     
  5. iain14

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    i think the A+ for dummies is the one he needs its very simple and easy to follow.
     
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  6. shaggy

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    The 6th edition Mike Meyers book has sections called 'History/Coneptual', these bits take whatever the chapter is about and explains it in its simplest form, often with an even easier to understand analogy

    but i havnt read the A+ for dummies
     
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  7. Raffaz

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    Im another one for upgrading and repairing pc's, if hes wanting loads of detail, then thats a great book, otherwise the MM book will be fine.:)
     
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  8. Boycie
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    yeah, i'd go with Trips - there are more *real* exercises and not just exam objectives.

    Si
     
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  9. tripwire45
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    I think Ryan mentioned that he was looking for a book with theory in it. The Street Smarts series by definition, is all about practical exercises. If he wants a "once over" probably the dummies book would be best. If he wants grueling details, "upgrading and repairing" is the way to go.
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    I'd still recommend Meyers' book over A+ for Dummies.
     
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  11. Neil

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    I'd second the MM book, however, I found that the A+ Passport (also by Meyers) is a great summary of his All-In-One book. Its cheaper also, but very resourceful by getting to the point and telling you what you need to know, since it deletes the over technical and "too-deep" info packed in the All-In-One book. I'd recommend it to ANYONE. I'd also recommend Faster Smarter A+ Certification by Drew Bird and Mike Harwood (Microsoft Press). A+ for Dummies isnt bad either. These are just the simple top selections. If you also want something more practical with theory in the background, then the Sybex A+ Complete Lab Manual is the book to get.
     
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  12. Bambino1506

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    I read the A+ for dummies 2003 edition before starting my meyers book.....gives a good general knowledge of things but nowhere near as much depth as Meyers book.

    Still got my copy lying around, if you want it for a few quid let me know.
     
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