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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.
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 the Steal This Computer Book series, Steal This File Sharing Book, The Book of Nero, and Visual Basic 2005 Express: Now Playing (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
Dedication Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Basic Training Chapter 1: Turning a Macintosh On and Off Manually or Automatically Chapter 2: Learning to Use the Mouse Chapter 3: Choosing Commands on the Menu Bar Chapter 4: Controlling Programs with the Dock Chapter 5: Manipulating Windows Chapter 6: Navigating Through Folders with the Finder Chapter 7: Creating, Copying, Moving, and Renaming Files and Folders Chapter 8: Conserving Energy While Using Your Macintosh Part II: Making Life Easier with Shortcuts Chapter 9: Working Faster with Shortcut Commands Chapter 10: Learning to Drag and Drop Chapter 11: Controlling Your Macintosh with Hot Corners Chapter 12: Finding Files Fast Chapter 13: Organizing Files and Folders by Color and Weird Words Chapter 14: Putting Information at Your Fingertips with Dashboard Chapter 15: Giving a Macintosh Multiple Personalities with User Accounts Chapter 16: Slapping Parental Controls on Your Kids Chapter 17: Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control Part III: Putting Your Macintosh to Work Chapter 18: Jotting Down Notes Chapter 19: Turning Your Mac into an Electronic Reminder Chapter 20: Never Forget a Birthday Again Chapter 21: Playing Audio CDs and Audio Files on Your Macintosh Chapter 22: Ripping and Burning an Audio CD Chapter 23: Playing Your Favorite Parts of a DVD Chapter 24: Storing Files on a CD or DVD Chapter 25: Transferring Images to a Macintosh Chapter 26: Organizing Digital Photographs in iPhoto Chapter 27: Tagging and Sorting Digital Photographs in iPhoto Chapter 28: Editing Digital Photographs in iPhoto Chapter 29: Turning Your Macintosh into an Electronic Picture Frame Chapter 30: Sharing Files Without Connecting Cables Chapter 31: Retrieving Files Back in Time Chapter 32: Typing Foreign Languages Part IV: Touching the World Through the Internet Chapter 33: Remembering Your Favorite Websites Chapter 34: Reading the Latest Updates on Your Favorite Websites Chapter 35: Keeping Your Internet Activities Private Chapter 36: Saving Research Information from a Web Page Chapter 37: Creating an Electronic Clipping Service for Web Pages Chapter 38: Watching Video on Any Website Chapter 39: Expanding Your Mind by Listening to Free College Lectures Chapter 40: Listening to News, Music, and Talk Shows over the Internet Chapter 41: Setting Up an Email Account Chapter 42: Reading and Writing Email Chapter 43: Making Email Look Pretty Chapter 44: Organizing Your Email Chapter 45: Dealing with Junk Email Part V: Maintaining Your Macintosh Chapter 46: Learning About Your Macintosh Chapter 47: Installing, Updating, and Uninstalling Software on Your Macintosh Chapter 48: Performing Preventative Maintenance on Your Macintosh Chapter 49: Ejecting Stuck CDs or DVDs Chapter 50: Password Protecting Your Macintosh Chapter 51: Encrypting Your Data Chapter 52: Troubleshooting Your Printers Colophon
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