“The Big Book of Windows Hacks” by Preston Gralla; $35 from 

This is definitely a big book, weighing close to 5 pounds, but the tips and tricks float to the top. “Hacks” are not spyware or viruses, but quick ways of doing things that would otherwise be harder and/or cost money. We learned you can Big Book of Windows Hacksspeed up your Windows Vista system by plugging one of those flash drives into a USB 2 port. You can use only certain kinds of flash drives, though, and you learn which ones from the book. You can also learn how to turn your PC into a video recorder, or how to control another PC remotely, using the tools already built into Windows XP.

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