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Mac OS X Tiger: Missing Manual 5th Edition

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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year").Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is, and his email address is


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 866 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5th edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009410
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,161 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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281 of 287 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Filippelli VINE VOICE on July 23, 2005
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Mac OS X Tiger Edition The missing manual:

This is another outstanding book by David Pogue. This is a much easier read then most technical books that are usually fairly dry reading. This book covers everything that comes with Tiger in great and easy to follow detail with an appropriate number of images for the topic. Chapter one starts with logging into the Mac to organizing your documents to setting system preferences and troubleshooting the Mac and everything in between including Hacking your Mac. The book moves through it's chapters in a nice chronological order.

All of the applications that come with Tiger are covered in good detail. Dash board, creating widgets, Spotlight, Apple remote desktop, Sherlock, iTunes, iSync, iChat .Mac, Safari RSS for internet feeds, Automator, iDVD, iChat, iPhoto, iCal, iMic, iMovie, iDisk, iSync and iTunes, Apple Script and Image Capture to name a few.

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 books also covers the various aspects of networking including Apple Talk, Rendezvous, Bonjour, IP configuration, Bluetooth, firewire devices, hubs, firewalls, terminal, SSH and routers.

The book arrived three days ago and I have been looking through the book and sitting in front of my Mac and have found that everything in the book is accurate.

For those that are coming from a Microsoft Windows environment there is a nice section on Windows keyboard commands and how they translate into Mac keyboard commands.
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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wuehler on July 26, 2005
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Like most of the books in the Missing Manual series, this is well done, full of diagrams, pictures, and other useful information. A few of my favorite parts of the book are the sidebars. There is an occasional "Nostalgia Corner" sidebar which points out various "old way things were done" and the "new way things are done". The "Gem in the Rough" sidebars explain potentially useful, but probably not obvious, features of OS X. There are also "Power User Clinic" sidebars for the true OS X geeks.

The book does go into the iLife apps at a high level, but if you're looking for details you should check out the separate iLife (iMovie & iDVD, iPhoto, GarageBand, etc) Missing Manual books. For that matter, there are a lot of books that would do a better job getting into the nitty-gritty specifics of various applications or features (like AppleScript) of OS X - which is not the purpose of this book. This is a high level introduction to just about everything OS X can do for you.

If you're new - or relatively new - to OS X, this is definately a book I'd recommend. I've loaned it to a few of my buddies (recent "converts" to the Mac) and they've all given it a thumbs up. If you've done Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther and now Tiger - hmmm... it would be good for the new features (Spotlight, Dashboards, Automator, etc) but I wouldn't put it on my "must have" list. Definately on the "nice to have" list, though.

As always, the Mac is less work and more play (unless asked a direct question by spouse or boss, then it's all work and no play). Anyway, for grins (or groans) turn on the Speech Recognition (Chapter 15) and ask your Mac "Tell me a joke".
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2005
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I only recently got involved with Mac OS, when work required that I shift gears from a PC to a Mac. Therefore I am not familiar with all of the nuances between version 9 and version 10.4, which this second edition covers. In true O'Reilly fashion, however, this book smoothly got this newbie very familiar with the features of MAC OS, which I am finding to be a combination of visual elegance and the underlying stability of UNIX, adding up to a very solid operating system that, quite truthfully, I was not expecting. The book starts out explaining the user interface, and teaches some special characteristics and key combinations on Mac OS X that are not well known to most of the Mac users. There is a lengthy explanation on what is the difference between Carbon and Cocoa and how you can determine with which API an application was built. I really liked how the author drew the distinction between the Terminal and the Unix that lies underneath OS X's graphical user interface. There are also helpful sub-chapters for the new Find function and Menulets. The book explains how to use the included applications and utilities, and even goes as far as introducing AppleScript.
In Part 4 the discussion becomes more advanced, and networking and more advanced graphics and multimedia-related topics are discussed. There is even an introduction to the Terminal and Bash. I never really appreciated the power of the MAC OS in multimedia applications until I read this section of the book. Thus, I think my favorite in this section is chapter 15 on Sounds,Movies,Speech, and Handwriting. I never knew before I read this book that MAC OS had features for handwriting recognition!
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