does this plug into that
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January 6, 2014

Review: Does This Plug into That? by Eric Taub

By Nate LaClaire

What’s the difference between a Kindle, a Nook, and an iPad? Can I use my mobile phone overseas? Why wouldn’t I want to use an LED lamp? How many speakers do I need in my home theater? What’s the cloud? These are just a few of the myriad of questions that Eric Taub answers in his new book, Does This Plug into That?: Simplify Your Electronic Life. Taub, a leading technology consultant and New York Times consumer technology writer, uses a question and answer format to demystify modern technology for those who want to make the most of it but don’t know (and don’t care) what WPA-PSK means.

First, I should add a disclaimer: I’m a geek and I talk geek-speak fluently. Having said that, I’ll also mention that I’ve considered maybe upgrading from my old TV to an HDTV someday (mine no longer receives broadcast signals, in case you’re wondering), but while the cost of them keeps going down, the educational prerequisites for purchasing one keep increasing.

That’s why I was so excited to see this book and I was not disappointed. Taub does a beautiful job delivering on the promise in this book’s title. The book is divided into 22 chapters covering everything from computers and printers, to TVs, to lightbulbs, to car electronics, and so much more. There’s even a chapter entitled “Should I Get Rid of My Landline Phone?”

He answered every question I ever had about HDTVs and even some I hadn’t yet come up with and all in a way that didn’t make me feel stupid – just newly enlightened. I also learned a ton about a lot of other things. That’s right: I, the geek, learned a ton.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who isn’t a walking technology encyclopedia. Go buy it today. You will not be sorry.