From the book description: Still using dial up? If so you have PC gunk! As I made the conscious decision to remain with dialup some time ago, I was interested in reading the book's migration strategies. The book's recommendation: switch to a high-speed dsl or cable internet connection. What if we don't need one? What if we only want to pay a bare minimum for email usage and the odd bit of surfing? What if we weren't willing to deal with the outages that occur with high-speed connections? Not overly impressed so far.

Degunking Your PC will show you the way to get out of the rat's maze of cables and old plug and play devices and onto the road of perfect PC organization. Well, no, not really. Degunking Your PC gives us maxims as, "Take a look at what you have, and either store or get rid of what you don't really need" and "bundle your cords together or go wireless". Do most of us need a book to tell us this? How about warning of wardrivers, the inherent insecurity of broadcasting your traffic, etc?

And a whole section based on cleaning out the registry and defragging the hard drive. Not so useful for my Linux box. I wouldn't have pointed this out, save the book mentions that there is another book in the series called "Degunking Your Windows". So why is there Windows-specific stuff in here?

I guess the audience would be (a) people that know they are packrats and need to be told what to do dig themselves out of the pile, or (b) people that have little experience with computers. I don't belong in either camp, and as such the book didn't resonate with me at all. In addition, I didn't feel it fully discuss the tradeoffs of many of the suggestions it gave. I give 'Degunking Your PC' a 3.5 out of 10.