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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual 1st Edition

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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


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  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449362249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449362249
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,269 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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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
"OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual" written by David Pogue is latest edition in "Missing Manual" series that provide excellent and detailed information for all applications and devices that had the good fortune these unofficial guides been issued for their usage.

OS X Mavericks being 10th major update of Apple's Unix-based operating system is the software you cannot purchase on DVD/CD or flash drive - you have only possibility to download it.
This means that the user won't get any printed instructions for its usage, except those you can download (and then print) from the vendor website that describe some of the basic functionalities; or you can turn to help system that lacks examples and any kind of tutorials.
And it's precisely in these areas Missing Manual series of books shines, unburdened by the pressure of information that have to be written in official manuals, offering countless examples, tutorials and how-to tips.

OS X Mavericks MM is intended for those users who are already familiar with OS X operating system on intermediate level, though those who are beginners can also use it thanks to small sidebar articles "Up to Speed" that offers great advices for novice users due to which they'll soon cease to feel like rookies.
If you're seasoned Mac user, there is no need to worry because you can also find it helpful due to similar articles called "Power Users' Clinic" that offer advanced tricks, helpful technical tips and many shortcuts that facilitate your work.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on January 22, 2014
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Awesome. Awesomer. Awesomest! That pretty much describes the quality progression of David Pogue's series of Missing Manuals covering the Apple Macintosh's OS X operating system. He's written over a half dozen of the Manuals and each new one seems to be better than the last.

Mr. Pogue is popularly known as a great explainer and is developing a reputation as a great efficiency expert as well. The latest iteration of the Manuals covers OS X Mavericks (10.9) and is filled with examples, tips, and illustrations of how to be as efficient as possible using a Mac computer, as well as detailing and explaining nearly every feature of the operating system, both documented and undocumented.

I've read (and reviewed) every one of those books and have been delighted to learn dozens of new ways to use the system beyond just learning about the new features of each version of OS X. Pogue details the (usually) several ways to do things but nearly always offers a quicker, easier option, usually keyboard versus mouse-based. (See Appendix D, the Secret Keystroke List for 8 pages of shortcuts.) He has evolved his already Great Template for itemizing and explaining comprehensively the features, components, and technologies of each system towards offering more and more user perspectives, expert insights, and practical tips to being more efficient.

I don't know how much time or effort he puts into developing each book but it must be substantial. How else to find out about all of the undocumented features unless one either gets a cheat sheet from Apple or spends days (weeks? months?) Command, Control, Option, and Shift clicking all over the user interface to discover new and mostly useful things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 13, 2014
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I usually get a “missing manual” for the current Macintosh operating system because I think these are among the best books available for those who like to know how their Mac works in general. This “missing manual” book covers just about everything anyone needs to know about using a Mac running Mavericks. If a person bought a new Mac for the first time, this would be the book to get to learn to use it. A person who only wants to know what is new in Maverick probably doesn’t need to buy a whole book if they are already advanced in using a Mac, but it doesn’t hurt to have this book around for reference when something comes up that the person isn’t that familiar with. Another reason to get this book is to discover tons of great tips that make it easier and more fun to use the Mac.

Right at the beginning of this book is a list of the main new features of Mavericks. For those who are interested mostly in that, it makes it easy to go look up more detail on the features they want to learn. For Mac beginners, you can learn everything about how a Mac operates starting with (for example) the various views—icon, list, date, column view and coverflow. David Pogue, the author tells you how each of those views can be helpful in different situations. You can learn how to burn CDs and DVDs, use the dock, and find out what each application does (that is installed with OSX Mavericks) such as Calendar, Preview, iTunes and so on. Networking, printing, sharing and iCloud are all covered. With 880 pages, you can imagine there is a lot of information.
David Pogue, one of my favorite Mac authors and New York Times tech columnist, always writes with humor and doesn’t use technical jargon to explain everything. It is easy to understand.
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