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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 personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. 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 been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."
First let me set the background for this review: since my childhood, I've always been a PC guy. I grew up on Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95, NT, 2000, XP, and 7. I've worked my whole professional life in the IT field. So, in short, we're talking a decades-long intimate history of Windows on a PC.
As added background, I will confess to having done my fair share of bashing Apple and its products.
So, it was with quite a hearty share of hesitation and introspection that I took upon myself to switch to a Mac. A couple of years of exposure to an iPhone and iPad, combined with the new innovations in the recent versions of OS X (especially the move towards integrating it with iOS, as well as the unmatched beauty of the Magic Mouse) all together provided the last few straws to break the proverbial camel's back.
Naturally, as a lifelong PC guy, I was lost on a Mac. I have a good knowledge of Unix and Linux, and that was my small shred of comfort, but not nearly enough to make the transition easy enough to keep from turning back.
This book, though, was the perfect aid. I read it cover to cover, following along with my new Mac Pro, learning the intricacies of OS X Lion. In fact, by the time I was done with this book, I even had lifelong Mac users interrupting me at times with "wait--how did you do that?!" From keyboard shortcuts, to really useful tips, to step-by-step instructions, this book covers virtually everything you need to know to get up and running on a Mac. It's especially geared towards Windows users, but I can see this working equally well for any new computer user with minimal technological intuition.
I can honestly say that without this book, I'm not even all that sure if I would've had the patience to see the PC-to-Mac transition through to the end...Read more ›
Holy cow- What a Book! The subtitle is "The book that should have been in the box". Perhaps it should have but this over 700 page wonder weights only 4 ounces less than my Mac Air. It is worth every dollar it cost and tree that had to be sacrificed to make it. I can only attack it a charter at a time but I walk away with valuable insights, tricks and a deeper understanding each time. Pogue is through and organized while not being ponderous. His wit and humor shine through. My Mac and I will be great collaborators by the time I finish this. Consider this a necessity as you make the move to Mac. I have purchased and attended Apple's One-to-One classes and find this to be equally valuable.
I just made the switch to a Mac and was really questioning my decision because it is so different from my old PC. When I bought this book, I was skeptical that I would be able to understand it. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book is invaluable. I also bought Mac for dummies and while it is good, this book is better.
I first started using computers at NASA in 1958. Back then, many of my fellow scientists were content to use only slide rules and were disinterested in the new computers NASA had acquired. But I loved computers because they allowed me to solve problems which previously were insolvable. Fortunately, the world eventually woke up to the importance of computers which have been one of the most important inventions of the past century. But as computers caught on and moved to the desktop, I was disappointed with the PCs which became the standard desktop computers. Then I got my first Macintosh. In my opinion, Apple's Macintosh computers make PCs seem awkward and clumsy to use by comparison.Truly, Macintosh is the computer which changed everything -- even for PC owners who would not have Windows if the Macintosh had not paved the way. Fortunately, Macs are so user friendly that if you are a PC user who is considering switching to a Mac you don't have to buy this book. But, if you do buy it, you'll probably be glad that you did -- and you'll love your new Mac even more.
I have always owned PC, but all of my PC's have come to an end the same way...bogged down with gunk, viruses and slowness. I started researching MAC and found that they don't seem to have as much problems as the PC's so I decided to jump in the deep end and purchase one. From the moment I turned it on, I was lost. A friend of my husband's, told him about this book. I looked at it online and checked out the reviews, pretty positive. When I received it, I was blown away in just the first chapter, HOW MUCH I LEARNED!!! It tells you all the tricks and tips, plus the functionality of every aspect of the MAC. I would be still lost if I didn't have this book. If you are like me, brand new to MAC, this book will help you embrace the huge change from the PC. I definitely recommend it!
An excellent book for those who need to be up and running quickly with Mac - great for Windows super-users who need to find out where all the advanced features are on Macs, and fast!
The writing style is conversational, rather than technical, which may annoy some readers, but I don't mind it.
I got it for a new job that I have just started and have a hundred and one new things to learn at once, as well as learning how to use a Mac. Having the Kindle version really helps, because I can quickly and easily search for what I need instead of having to flip through the whole book.