A Political Tech Book

My book, Just Say No to Microsoft, is just hitting the Web. Reviews are appearing on different sites, including a few on Amazon.com. Here’s an excerpt from Daniel McKinnon’s spotlight review on Amazon:

While the author spends a lot of time focusing on the Macintosh and Linux to avoid the scourge that is the mighty Microsoft, my favorite part of this book and what I think makes this a great read is the history contained within.

The book was also reviewed by Ben Rothke for Slashdot. Here’s the review, and here’s an excerpt:

The only negative to the book is that there are far too many anti-negative (sic) stories of Microsoft’s predatory practices. A few stories would be adequate, but there is no point in belaboring the issue in a book that is meant to be more technical and practical, as opposed to political… Just Say No to Microsoft: How to Ditch Microsoft and Why It’s Not as Hard as You Think is an interesting read that will open the eyes of those users to a cheaper, more secure and robust open source solution.

Of course, that was the idea. The book is more political than technical. People need a wider perspective in order to make more informed choices. The only way for consumers to influence an industry that serves them is to vote with their dollars.

The Slashdot review of my book was the topic of an excellent Bits and Bytes blog post in TechRepublic by Erik Eckel, Just Say No To Microsoft – Or Why I Was Attacked For Recommending Apple; here’s an excerpt:

Ultimately, Bove’s seeking to accomplish three goals. First he wants readers to understand Microsoft has inhibited innovation. He provides numerous sourced examples toward that end. Second, he demonstrates that most every computer user can function perfectly without Microsoft products. He examines the Macintosh, Linux and OpenOffice as just some of the alternatives available to disgruntled computer users. Third, he seeks to help Windows and Office users avoid many of the common issues that plague those Microsoft platforms by providing instructions and recommendations for eliminating problems and improving security.

From A.P. Lawrence — Information and Resources for Unix and Linux Systems: Just say NO to Microsoft:

This is, in fact, a fascinating book that is well worth reading even if you are solidly staying with Microsoft or had jumped ship long ago… Tony Bove has a definite knack for noticing what’s important and succinctly explaining it. If this book were software, we’d say that it is “feature rich”. There’s an amazing amount of information packed into a few hundred pages… I highly recommend this: don’t hesitate, buy it, you won’t regret it.

From MacMerc.com, by Brian Burnham: Review: Just Say No to Microsoft from No Starch Press:

It’s not often you find a book that makes you laugh, cry and rethink your life all at the same time. It is even more rare to have this kind of epiphany with a book from the computer section. But this irreverent, well researched guide to why and how to hate the Redmond Giant hits the spot on so many levels… There are things you would have never thought about that Bove covers here, like forgotten details lurking in your Word document. From safety concerns to possibly the worlds longest living bug – the book walks you through the evil truth embedded in every aspect of Windows, Office and Media Player.

More reviews appear on these blogs:

Download Squad: New book provides how-to for Microsoft-free PC

TrulyObscure: Microsoft’s Claws, Jigsaws, and Santa Claus

The topic of switching from Windows received a lot of attention due to an interview with XYZ Computing that appeared on Slashdot about a month ago. CNET News.com also included a mention in the Windows Blog by Ina Fried about the debate on this topic at the Cybersalon in Berkeley on Nov. 20, 2005.

I was also interviewed for the Seattle Times column by Paul Andrews (distributed in Microsoft’s backyard), Mac takes bite out of Windows. See my blog entry, Sound Bytes in Seattle.

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