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"The computer book of the month is The Bios Companion by Phil Croucher. Long-time readers of this column will recall I have recommended his book before. This tells you everything you ought to know about the BIOS in your system. Post codes, options, upgrades, you name it.

Years ago, I called an earlier edition of this invaluable and I see no reason to change my view. Recommended.
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Jerry Pournelle
Byte Magazine

"Croucher's book was invaluable 20 years ago and remains so today...... Every one of the 468 pages holds useful information, the author having zero tolerance for padding."

Davey Winder
PC Plus Magazine

"You've completerly impressed me with the quality and scope of your guides - extreme care has obviously gone into their research and preparation."

Jeremy Fleming

"His style is lovely: clear, jargon-free where possible, chatty and friendly with beautiful short paragraphs. It [Communications & Networks] joins my list of 'I wish I'd written it' books. I haven't come across such a good subject book in a long time at this price."

Lorna Kyle
Personal Computer World

"To any micro owner who wants to know what this comms business is all about, [Communications & Networks] is certainly one of the best around. ... Croucher is not only knowledgable about his subject, he's interested in it and communicates that interest to you. "

Ron Peck
New Computer Express

"There are few books about which explain as accurately and comprehensively as [Communications & Networks] does what communications are all about. The glossary is excellent."

Micro Decision

"...any PC user with a genuine interest in using his machine to its full potential will recognise [Communications & Networks] for the completely invaluable tool and often the inspiration that it is."

Yvonne Taylor
Which PC

"[Communications & Networks] is the type of book you can read on a bus or train without getting a headache from trying to understand what it means."

Network

"As a recently reformed computer illiterate myself, I appreciated the author's straighforward yet humourous and light-hearted style of writing. He manages to strike the balance between too much and too little information. ... [Computing Under Protest] is never in danger of either boring or confusing the reader."

Emma Tyrrall
Practical PC

"Good documentation is important for any software, but even more so for an operating system - the documentation [for DOS 386 Professional] has some exceptionally clear explanations. Altogether, the documentation is an example of the right way of doing things, and other software manufacturers would do well to take note."

Matthew Holbrook
Computer Shopper

"The DOS 386 Professional manual sets arrived at 2130 local time today. We have had a brief look at them and wish to congratulate IMS on the excellent, clear and concise manner in which they have been presented."

Fred Parker
ETL Soft

"I remain impressed by Mr. Croucher's fluid writing style, practical orientation, enthusiasm, and strong technical knowledge."

Lance A Leventhal
Slawson Communications, Inc



JAR Professional Pilot Studies

"Its real value lies in taking the plethora of booklets and ring-bound photocopies associated with commercial examinations and condensing them into an attractive and portable form. The guy really does deserve a medal ~ he has made a genuine contribution to the body of professional aviation literature assembled during the course of the last century.

I heartily recommend it to students of commercial flight, if only as a souvenir of their efforts... "

Colin Hilton
Pro Pilot's Rumour Network

"(The) Book is quite a good compliment to our notes for students. We will be recommending all our students buy the books.... "

Chris
Naples Air Centre

"I got your book last month and am in the process of ploughing through it! Actually, I really like it and find it very interesting and easy to read."

Simon Rouse

"So far I have found your book an extremely helpful reference manual to carry around in my flight bag."

Blair Clubley

"I wish to commend you on a "work of art". I wish the CAA would produce a quick reference easy to read manual such as yours. Truly wonderful!"

Ebrahim Parkar

 

Welcome!

Professional Helicopter Pilot Studies

You already know that computers need to be looked after, but technicians can be expensive. You probably feel that you could fix them yourself if only you had access to a technician's reference information.

Our books contain that information, plus ways and means of using it, together with preventive tips and tricks to help make sure you don't get into trouble in the first place! If you're a PC engineer already, our books can provide the backup you don't always get, especially if you're by yourself - the best weapon you can have is information, or at least knowing where to get it - people with knowledge tend to keep their jobs longer. But where do you find the stuff you need to do your job properly? How do you keep up to date in a constantly changing industry? You could try the Internet, but it would take several years to get what we offer all in one place, always assuming you had a connection when you needed it. Techies are too busy for that, anyway.

Electrocution has provided support information for PC technicians (and pilots) for over twenty five years, with thousands of regular readers of titles like The BIOS Companion, which explains all those confusing CMOS Settings from companies such as Award, Phoenix or Unicore. Currently, we are the only suppliers of general technical information to the computer industry, aside from the manufacturers themselves, taking over the position formerly occupied by Microhouse. However, older information is constantly being removed from their web sites, making it difficult to find, except from us!

For advanced pilot or accelerated aviation training, we offer The Helicopter Pilot's Handbook, Canadian Professional Pilot Studies, CARs in Plain English, The ANO (& Rules of the Air) in Plain English and JAR Professional Pilot Studies, to name but a few (check out our Aviation page). We are especially good at translating aviation regulations into Plain English!

Although used by regulatory authorities and recommended for advanced courses, including at least 2 MScs and many college courses, our books are presented in a common-sense format that is entirely suitable for non-technical readers, and are updated constantly.

"This series of four books is clear, readable and contain many useful illustrations. The case studies clearly demonstrate the problems faced by network administrators and provide easily workable solutions, and provide the reader with an excellent grounding in Network Systems and Communications. They have proved invaluable to the teaching of the M.Sc. course in Data Communications at Kingston University and we recommend them to all students following similar courses of study."

Yours Faithfully,

Dr Andrew Curley BSc, MSc, PhD, AMIEE
Martin Tunicliffe BEng, PhD, AMIEE, CPhys, MInstP

If you have your own requirements, we can provide specialist technical writing services, particularly for software manuals, aviation operations manuals (to JAR and Canadian standards), together with the supporting documentation needed by the average commercial air transport company (Training Manuals, SOPs, ISO, etc.). However, please note that, just because text has been accepted before, it is no guarantee that it will be so again! We can quote separately to suit your circumstances, if you just need your stuff tidied up (we can handle most formats).

We also do PDM/CRM training for the single pilot, for JAA and Transport Canada, together with Operational and Ground Crew training, and the course notes are available in the shape of the books listed on the site. They range in scope from ground training for professional pilots' licences, to mountain flying and other specialist skills, such as longlining, proficiency checks or simply annual recurrent training. UK CRM courses are 120 per person per day. Canadian ones are $120 Can.

Our clients include, or have included, CHC Global, Aerogulf Services, Taiga Helicopters, WPD Helicopter Unit, Polo Aviation, Wessex Helicopters, East Midlands Helicopters, Thamesdown Helicopters, Sky Aviation, By-Air, Martini Freight Services, Butane Buzzard, and many others. Download a sample Ops Manual page here

We belong to The British Association of Aviation Consultants

We also have links to several (i.e. hundreds) of tech support sites, including manufacturers.

Announcing our new JAA ATPL(H) modular distance learning course!

"Man I already like the service. I can't believe you answer so fast! Not even in my company that is so good."

Juan Romero


About The Author

Phil Croucher's computer books are the result of several years' experience of freelance network management, system building and repairs, being A+, N+ and Netware certified. He has been involved with computing since 1986, starting off with a variation of Acorn's BBC computer, the Torch, using its own version of CP/M, called CP/N. From there he has fond memories of the Sirius and the Macintosh, but has mostly been involved with IBM compatibles of all shapes and sizes.

He has been a regular guest on AM1290's Saturday morning computer chat show, Experts On Call, and has written several columns for UK's Computer Shopper, PC Plus and Pilot magazines.

Phil is also involved in Aviation, and holds JAR, UK, and Canadian professional licences for helicopters and aeroplanes. He is currently Head Of Training for Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training.