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Hardcopy computer reference books are notorious for becoming outdated quickly, and I say that as someone who's sitting next to a bookcase full of them as I type this. Probably better to find online resources/references for basic stuff - perhaps something even more streamlined like this quick reference card for Windows 10 might be useful:
For specific questions, I've rarely failed to find the answer to a technical question by simply Googling the question or several targeted keywords. You'd be surprised how often even IT professionals turn to Google to figure something out. You don't need to memorize everything when you've mastered the ability to locate relevant information quickly.
I've always considered watches to be jewelry. I've never been big on jewelry, but when I still worked in a formal office environment, I wore a watch, a wedding ring, and a college ring. I haven't worn anything but a wedding ring for the past several years, as I primarily work from home and telecommute now.