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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual 1st Edition

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David Pogue is one of America's best-selling how-to authors, with nearly 3 million books in print. David is the creator of the Missing Manual series and the weekly computer columnist for the New York Times.

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  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059652952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529529
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Pogue is the founder of, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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312 of 319 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Filippelli VINE VOICE on December 18, 2007
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Pogues' books on Mac keep getting better and better. This book covers all of the features in Leopard in detail. For those that have used Tiger the missing manual will not be disappointed at all by this book.

For the new Mac user this book covers all of the essentials to get started. It also gives you the tools to go in depth with Leopard. For the experienced Mac users there is still so much valuable information here to make it well worth the purchase. All of the applications that come with Tiger are covered in good detail. Dash board, Spotlight, Apple remote desktop, Sherlock, iTunes, iSync, iChat .Mac, Safari RSS for internet feeds, iDVD, iChat, iPhoto, iCal, iMic, iMovie, iDisk, iSync and iTunes, Apple Script and Image Capture to name a few.

Also covered in detail is converting from Windows to Mac for the new Mac user.
Creating user accounts is covered along with file and directory permissions, configuring the user environment and user preferences, passwords and other elements of security.
The Intel chip set is covered in detail.

There are a myriad of new features and features that have been changed or have been enhanced. There are so many new features that are not intuitive in Leopard. This book helps you through these with ease. Throughout the book there are There are lots of well placed screen shots to guide you.

The book is methodically laid out in an order that makes sense. It is filled with tips and how to's. For the user coming from Windows to Mac this book will be a tremendous help. It will really simplify things that could be fairly daunting. Even for the veteran Mac user this book will be very handy.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ireland on December 22, 2007
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As a new iMac owner and a refugee from the Windows world, I've found this book to be invaluable for figuring out the inner workings of my new machine. I originally thought that I wouldn't need a book, that everything would be intuitive and easy to understand. But there are some things that you just need a book for, learning the keyboard shortcuts, what each application does, what the file structure looks like, etc.

This book is very entertaining and fun to read. Pogue has a good sense of humor and does a great job pointing out the features of this OS. I've found countless "Oh, that's how you do it!" tips so far, from the mundane "How do you right-click?" to the expert "How do I share the network with my Windows XP, Vista, and various Linux machines?" He covers it all--and I mean ALL.

I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially for new computer users and those of us switching from Windows machines. I'm Windows, Unix, and Linux certified up the wazoo, and even I needed this book to get me going. There are so very many tips and tricks that you will learn--things that make sense and which enhance your experience with this well-crafted OS. Every penny spent on this book will have been well worth it.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
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The preeminent general reference source for Mac OS 10 has always been the "Missing Manual Series" written by David Pogue. The latest iteration in the series is its Mac OS 10 Leopard Edition, completely revised, and it is the biggest, most comprehensive, and most useful of all the editions in the series. It covers the OS X desktop and file system, the free applications included with the OS X installation, the system components and technologies, networking and online features and components, and includes welcome appendices on installation, troubleshooting, Windows/Mac comparisons, and a "Master Keystroke" list.

Every one of the editions has been exceedingly well-designed and written combining serious treatment of subject content with style, wit, and humor, as well as honest evaluation and critique of features of the Mac operating system. All of the OS X Missing Manuals have addressed issues for a broad range of users, from the lightly experienced, the intermediate, and for power users. For the most part, however, the primary focus of each edition has been on the less experienced users. This has changed with the Leopard edition.

There seems to have been a deliberate effort to make the book more appealing and useful to upper-end users without losing any utility at all for others. There seems to be more material for power users- -there are more "Power Users Guides" providing advanced information and techniques, more UNIX references for those willing and able to take avail of the UNIX kernel underlying the operating system, more identifications of keyboard shortcuts, and more disclosure of undocumented and advanced features than in previous editions.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on December 26, 2007
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David Pogue writes well, but what's special about this is that it covers details that most authors wouldn't bother with. I've been a Mac OS X user since 2003, and upgraded to Leopard the moment it was available and yet I was absolutely astonished by how much I learned - this is just packed with tips!

As an old Unix hand, I was happy to see that David included an excellent chapter on Terminal and Unix in general; too many Mac books ignore the Unix underpinnings or gloss over it.

Definitely recommended for anyone using Leopard.
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