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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.
David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, 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.
OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual is better than any of the best selling OS X Missing Manuals before it.
Mountain Lion is based upon Lion. The Pogue Press - O'Reilly team was able to bring OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual to us much sooner because it is based upon Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual. Words and images are not changed where there was no reason to change them.
I believe it is the best in part because it begins with Chapter 0, a tutorial. This tutorial clearly and simply walks you through how Apple designers want you to work with Lion and Mountain Lion. You will work with gestures on the trackpad, with the launchpad, and in full screen mode so you concentrate on your subject. You will be in control of what is on your screen with Mission Control. You can decide for yourself whether you like this new way of working, and when it will work best for you. I am learning and finding I like to work this way.
OS X Mountain Lion The Missing Manual is better because Mountain Lion has so many new and improved things that provided material for David Pogue to write about.
The Missing Manuals have been famous for their many interesting and useful tips. With the features added in Lion and Mountain Lion there seem to be many more of them. I counted 79 tips in the first 100 pages.
OS X Mountain Lion The Missing Manual is written in David Pogue's clear and reader friendly style. It has Pogue's sense of humor. It probably helps that he doesn't type his books, he talks them into his computer. This time he was able to talk about dictation in Mountain LIon.
There are many very good well labeled illustrations that help to clarify the narrative.Read more ›
All 3 of these books are very helpful but they are targeted at different users. Just as Lion users got used to the new system, Mountain Lion came along and changed some of the newer stuff again.
Teach Yourself Visually is for those who learn by color photos- seeing where to select what, step by numbered step, quick and easy with little explanation. This book is helpful for novices but also great for most Mac people. For Dummies finally has some colored photos but is more text (talking you through when or why you would use a feature). If you are new to the Mac this is the best book for you. The Missing Manual is loaded with details for the medium to advanced user. It contains far more details about the internet, iCloud, and video.
All 3 books fail to cover everything. For example, For Dummies trumps the other 2 for its explanation and shortcuts using Mission Control. With an Apple aluminum keyboard you just hold the Control key while using the Arrow Up to sort by application, Arrow Down to see all the docs in a singular application, and a 2nd Down Arrow to show a horizontal list all recently opened docs. Right/left arrows put a blue outline around the active doc and Enter will bring it to the front.The others steer you toward using F-key combinations. All the books missed the shortcut to activate Save As instead of Duplicate and then rename. In many apps you can hold the option key then click the File Menu. Save As will be a Menu-item. The Missing Manual is the only one that tells you that if you hold a key down you do not get repeating letters but a palette of alternative accented versions of that letter. Also, you can forego buying MS Word by using Text Edit which is compatible.
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I purchased the OS X Lion: The Missing Manual to help me ramp up for my new MacBook Pro. Although I had been a Mac user in the past, it was in the distant past. It did a great job answering all the questions I had as I familiarized myself with the Mac operating system. The author does a great job of explaining things and he covers a ton of information.
As soon as the OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual version was available I wanted it. It is by far the best resource available for getting answers quickly to any questions I have about the new OS X Mountain Lion operating system.
The book is divided into six parts. I have listed each part below and the chapters included in each one.
One. The OS X Desktop 0. The Mountain Lion Landscape 1. Folders & Windows 2. Organizing Your Stuff 3. Spotlight 4. Dock, Desktop & Toolbars
Two. Programs in OS X 5. Documents, Programs & Spaces 6. Data: Typing, Dictating, Sharing & Backing Up 7. Automator, AppleScript & Services 8. Windows on Macintosh
Three. The Components of OS X 9. System Preferences 10. Reminders, Notes & Notification Center 11. The Other Free Programs 12. CDs, DVDs, iTunes & AirPlay
Four. The Technologies of OS X 13. Accounts, Security & Gatekeeper 14. Networking, File Sharing & AirDrop 15. Graphics, Fonts & Printing 16. Sound, Movies & Speech
Five. OS X Online 17. Internet Setup & iCloud 18. Mail & Contacts 19. Safari 20. Messages 21. SSH, FTP, VPN & Web Sharing
Six. Appendixes A. Installing OS X Mountain Lion B. Troubleshooting C. The Windows-to-Mac Dictionary D.Read more ›
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