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My New Mac: 50 Simple Projects to Get You Startedby Wallace Wang
Synopses & Reviews
You finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether yours is a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, or iMac &mdash it's still a Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X.
But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? Do you even know how to turn it on and off properly or put it to sleep? You need a book like My New Mac to make everything easy.
Wallace Wang, author of the best-selling Steal This Computer Book, will show you, step-by-step, how to use tools like iPhoto to organize your photos, track birthdays with iCal, and clip and save information from the Internet so you can find it again. You'll find simple projects that will show you how to:
Wang takes a project-oriented approach that mirrors the sorts of things people want to do with their Macs. This book is designed to teach new users how to get the most out of their Macs by providing practical, usable examples and instructions.
Mac OS is a beautiful and reliable operating system, but it can be confusing to brand new Mac owners-especially if they come from Windows. After all, Mac OS is not Windows, and that's a good thing. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it's easy for new users to penetrate this different operating system. Fortunately, with My New Mac, it won't be long before readers are relishing those differences. Rather than focus each chapter on a specific program or feature of Mac OS (as most beginner books do), Wallace Wang takes a project-oriented approach that mirrors the sorts of things people want to do with their Mac. For example, rather than offering a tedious, step-by-step walkthrough of Photo Booth or iChat, Wang focuses on using Photo Booth to organize photos and post them to a website or using iChat to chat with friends. Key aspects of each program needed to perform a task are discussed and indexed for easy reference, but this is not a reference book: it's designed to teach new users how to get the most out of their Mac by having them use it to actually do things.
About the Author
Wallace Wang is the author of several best-selling computer books, including My New Mac, My New iPhone, and Steal This Computer Book (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas.
Table of Contents
DedicationAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Basic TrainingChapter 1: Turning a Macintosh On and Off Manually or AutomaticallyChapter 2: Learning to Use the MouseChapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu BarChapter 4: Controlling Programs with the DockChapter 5: Manipulating WindowsChapter 6: Navigating Through Folders with the FinderChapter 7: Creating, Copying, Moving, and Renaming Files and FoldersChapter 8: Conserving Energy While Using Your MacintoshPart II: Making Life Easier with ShortcutsChapter 9: Working Faster with Shortcut CommandsChapter 10: Learning to Drag and DropChapter 11: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot CornersChapter 12: Finding Files FastChapter 13: Organizing Files and Folders by Color and Weird WordsChapter 14: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with DashboardChapter 15: Giving a Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User AccountsChapter 16: Slapping Parental Controls on Your KidsChapter 17: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and ControlPart III: Putting Your Macintosh to WorkChapter 18: Jotting Down NotesChapter 19: Turning Your Mac into an Electronic ReminderChapter 20: Never Forget a Birthday AgainChapter 21: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files on Your MacintoshChapter 22: Ripping and Burning an Audio CDChapter 23: Playing Your Favorite Parts of a DVDChapter 24: Storing Files on a CD or DVDChapter 25: Transferring Images to a MacintoshChapter 26: Organizing Digital Photographs in iPhotoChapter 27: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photographs in iPhotoChapter 28: Editing Digital Photographs in iPhotoChapter 29: Turning Your Macintosh into an Electronic Picture FrameChapter 30: Sharing Files Without Connecting CablesChapter 31: Retrieving Files Back in TimeChapter 32: Typing Foreign LanguagesPart IV: Touching the World Through the InternetChapter 33: Remembering Your Favorite WebsitesChapter 34: Reading the Latest Updates on Your Favorite WebsitesChapter 35: Keeping Your Internet Activities PrivateChapter 36: Saving Research Information from a Web PageChapter 37: Creating an Electronic Clipping Service for Web PagesChapter 38: Watching Video on Any WebsiteChapter 39: Expanding Your Mind by Listening to Free College LecturesChapter 40: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows over the InternetChapter 41: Setting Up an Email AccountChapter 42: Reading and Writing EmailChapter 43: Making Email Look PrettyChapter 44: Organizing Your EmailChapter 45: Dealing with Junk EmailPart V: Maintaining Your MacintoshChapter 46: Learning About Your MacintoshChapter 47: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software on Your MacintoshChapter 48: Performing Preventative Maintenance on Your MacintoshChapter 49: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDsChapter 50: Password Protecting Your MacintoshChapter 51: Encrypting Your DataChapter 52: Troubleshooting Your PrintersColophon
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