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Mac OS X : the missing manual
Pogue, David, 1963-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, CA : Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates, 2002.
Physical Description:
xii, 583 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Covers version 10.1"--Cover.

"The book that should have been in the box"--Cover.

"The future of Macintosh demystified"--Cover.
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QA76.76.O63 P634 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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For personal computer users of every stripe, Mac OS X is a whole new ballgame. It combines Apple's trademark visual elegance with the underlying stability of UNIX, which adds up to a rock-solid, gorgeous operating system.Unfortunately, learning Mac OS X is also whole new ballgame. As author David Pogue notes in his introduction, "Mac OS X" is a misnomer--it isn't really the Mac OS at all; there's scarcely a single line of code in common with the tangled, ancient code of the older Mac OS. Hundreds of features have been removed, added, or moved around.Few in the world are more qualified to guide Mac users through the undocumented jungle of Mac OS X than David Pogue, triple-award-winning former Macworld columnist and author of the best-selling Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual . His new book shines light on both the broad strokes and the fine points of Mac OS X version 10.1, including understanding its UNIX-like folder structure, setting up an office network, capitalizing on its rich Internet features, and even hacking the real power of the UNIX underbelly by summoning the command-line interface. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual also covers each of the control panels and bonus programs that comes with Mac OS X, including iTunes, Mail, Sherlock, and Apache, the built-in Web-server.For Mac users who have become accustomed to the older Mac OS, Appendix A, the "Where'd It Go?" dictionary, may be worth the price of the book all by itself. It's an alphabetical listing of every feature that was once in Mac OS 9, complete with an explanation of what became of it in Mac OS X.Through it all, Pogue shows off the refreshing humor, technical insight, and crystal-clear, plain-English prose that made number one best-sellers out of his other books in the Missing Manual series, including Mac OS 9, Windows Me, and iMovie 2.

Author Notes

David Pogue is an American technology writer and TV science presenter. He was born in 1963 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, with distinction in music.

After graduation, Pogue wrote manuals for music software, worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and wrote for Macworld Magazine. He wrote Macs for Dummies, which became the best-selling Mac title, as well as other books in the Dummies series. He launched his own series of humorous computer books entitled the Missing Manual series, which includes 120 titles. He spent 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, before leaving to found Yahoo Tech.

In addition to how-to manuals, he wrote Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life, collaborated on The World According to Twitter, and co-authored The Weird Wide Web.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Mac OS X Gives Youp. 2
What Mac OS X Takes Awayp. 5
Three OSes in Onep. 7
About this Bookp. 9
The Very Basicsp. 12
Part 1 The Mac OS X Desktop
Chapter 1 Folders and Windowsp. 15
Getting into Mac OS Xp. 15
Windows and How to Work Themp. 19
Icon View, List View, and Column Viewp. 29
Logging Out, Shutting Downp. 45
Getting Help in Mac OS Xp. 46
Chapter 2 Organizing Your Stuffp. 49
The Mac OS X Folder Structurep. 49
Icon Namesp. 54
Selecting Iconsp. 56
Moving and Copying Iconsp. 59
Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Oncep. 62
Favoritesp. 64
The Trashp. 65
The New "Get Info"p. 68
Chapter 3 Dock, Desktop, and Toolbarp. 71
The Dockp. 71
Setting Up the Dockp. 72
Using the Dockp. 77
The Finder Toolbarp. 81
Designing Your Desktopp. 86
Part 2 Applications in Mac OS X
Chapter 4 Programs and Documentsp. 91
Launching Mac OS X Programsp. 92
Juggling Programs with the Dockp. 95
How Documents Know Their Parentsp. 101
Controlling Menus from the Keyboardp. 106
The Save and Open Dialog Boxesp. 109
Three Kinds of Programs: Cocoa, Carbon, Classicp. 116
The Cocoa Differencep. 118
Installing Mac OS X programsp. 124
Chapter 5 Back to Mac OS 9p. 127
Two Roads to Mac OS 9p. 127
Classic: Mac OS 9 on Mac OS Xp. 128
Restarting in Mac OS 9p. 140
Chapter 6 Exchanging Datap. 145
Moving Data Between Documentsp. 145
Exchanging Data with Windows PCsp. 149
Chapter 7 An Introduction to AppleScriptp. 155
Running Ready-Made AppleScriptsp. 155
Writing Your Own AppleScriptsp. 160
Recording Scripts in "Watch Me" Modep. 162
Saving a Scriptp. 167
Writing Commands by Handp. 169
Where to Learn Morep. 178
Part 3 The Components of Mac OS X
Chapter 8 System Preferencesp. 181
The System Preferences Windowp. 181
Personal Settingp. 182
Hardware Settingsp. 192
Internet and Networkp. 199
System Settingsp. 201
Chapter 9 The Free Programs of Mac OS Xp. 205
Your Free Mac OS X Programsp. 205
Utilities: Your Mac OS X Toolboxp. 229
Chapter 10 CDs, DVDs, and iTunes 2p. 249
How the Mac Does Disksp. 249
Burning CDs and DVDsp. 255
iTunes 2: The CD and MP3 Jukeboxp. 257
Playing DVD Moviesp. 265
Part 4 The Technologies of Mac OS X
Chapter 11 One Mac, Many Usersp. 273
Introducing User Accountsp. 274
Setting up Accountsp. 275
Setting Up the Login/Logout Processp. 282
Signing Inp. 285
Logging Outp. 289
The Root Accountp. 290
Chapter 12 Networking in Mac OS Xp. 293
Wiring the Networkp. 294
File Sharingp. 296
Networking with Windowsp. 310
Managing Groupsp. 311
Dialing in from the Roadp. 315
Forgettable Passwords: The Keychainp. 316
Chapter 13 Graphics, Fonts, and Printingp. 321
Mac Meets Printerp. 321
Making the Printoutp. 324
Managing Printoutsp. 329
PDF Filesp. 330
Fonts in Mac OS Xp. 332
Font Fuzziness on the Screenp. 337
ColorSyncp. 338
Graphics in Mac OS Xp. 340
Screen-Capture Keystrokesp. 343
Chapter 14 Sound, Movies, and Speechp. 345
Playing Soundsp. 345
Recording Soundp. 348
QuickTime Moviesp. 351
Speech Recognitionp. 364
The Mac Talks Backp. 370
Chapter 15 Terminal: The Unix Windowp. 373
Terminalp. 375
Navigating in Unixp. 378
Working with Files and Directoriesp. 386
Online Helpp. 392
Terminal Preferencesp. 393
Terminal Tips and Tricksp. 396
Chapter 16 Fun with Terminalp. 399
Moving Unmovable Files and Directoriesp. 399
Enabling the Root Accountp. 408
Eight Useful Unix Utilitiesp. 409
Where to Go from Herep. 413
Putting It Togetherp. 416
Chapter 17 Hacking Mac OS Xp. 419
TinkerTool: Customization 101p. 420
Redefining Keystrokesp. 422
Redoing Mac OS X's Graphicsp. 423
Rewriting the Wordsp. 428
Part 5 Mac OS X Online
Chapter 18 Internet Setup, iDisk, and iToolsp. 433
The Best News You've Heard All Dayp. 433
Connecting by Dial-up Modemp. 434
Switching Locationsp. 441
Multihomingp. 443
iTools @ Apple.comp. 444
Internet Location Filesp. 451
Chapter 19 Mailp. 453
Setting Up Mailp. 453
Checking Your Mailp. 455
Writing Messagesp. 457
Reading Emailp. 463
Address Bookp. 476
Chapter 20 Sherlockp. 479
Finding Iconsp. 479
Finding Text in Your Filesp. 488
Searching the Internetp. 490
Chapter 21 Web Sharing, FTP, and Remote Accessp. 497
Web Sharingp. 497
FTPp. 503
Connecting from the Roadp. 505
Remote Access with SSHp. 506
Part 6 Appendixes
Appendix A The "Where'd It Go?" Dictionaryp. 511
Appendix B Mac OS X, Menu by Menup. 527
Apple ([characters not reproducible]) Menup. 527
Finderp. 530
File Menup. 531
Edit Menup. 533
View Menup. 534
Go Menup. 535
Window Menup. 537
Help Menup. 537
Appendix C Installing Mac OS Xp. 539
Getting Ready to Installp. 539
The OS X Installer, Step by Stepp. 542
Uninstalling Mac OS Xp. 547
Reinstalling Mac OS X--and the Clean Installp. 547
Appendix D Troubleshooting Mac OS Xp. 549
Five Problems That Aren't Problemsp. 550
Minor Eccentric Behaviorp. 551
Frozen Programs (Force Quitting)p. 552
The Wrong Program Opensp. 553
Can't Empty the Trashp. 555
Can't Move or Rename an Iconp. 555
Application Won't Openp. 555
Program Icons Turn to Foldersp. 555
Startup Problemsp. 556
Fixing the Diskp. 558
Where to Get Troubleshooting Helpp. 561
Appendix E Where to Go From Herep. 563
Web Sitesp. 563
Advanced Booksp. 564
Booksp. 565