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  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514129
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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."

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It's great as a reference as well as being easy to read straight through.
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I am thrilled with the new imac, operating system, and Apple way and I hope books like this one will get others to make the switch.
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This book has been very helpful and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lawrence VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to strongly disagree with the reviewer here who suggests buying the "Leopard Edition Missing Manual" instead. Yes, there is duplication of content here, but there is also content that is NOT in the other book, and I think a Windows Switcher is going to be much happier with this book than the other. In an ideal situation, I'd give them both and have them read this first.

Sure, it could have been done better, and maybe there really is no need for two thick books. Maybe all the "switcher" stuff should be taken out of the "regular" book and all the "this is the way a Mac" works stuff should be taken out of this - then the two could and should be sold as a set for those who need or want both. Certainly both these books could use some trimming; they are fat and hard to handle.

This is the book I'd give my wife if and when I can get her to give up her Windows PC (I hate that stupid thing and cannot wait for it to die!). She'll be much happier with this than she would be with the other book.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By David McEldery on February 3, 2009
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I was going to give this book 5 stars until I read the review that mentioned that formating isn't found in the index. He's right. I also checked "Mac OS X Leopard Bible" and also "Mac OS X 10.5" Quick Start Guide, and it isn't in either of those two either. I recently bought a digital photo frame and discovered that photos wouldn't load directly on it, the SD card wasn't even recognized as being available. So then I tried to format it on my PC in NTSC, and same thing. I tried FAT and only had slightly under 200 MB on a 4GB card available. Finally I used FAT 32 and it worked. I haven't tried it on my iMac yet - big question. So where are the answers?

That being said, I made the mistake of not buying this book before I tried to use the new iMac. I've used PCs for 25 years, and MS has partitioned my brain into Windows. I made the switch because of all the hoo-rah about the wonderful multi-media integration on the Mac. I won't describe all the wheel-spinning I did for months, but on a PC, when you do a 3rd party software downwload, you often get the query, would you like to create a shortcut. Try to find the word "shortcut" in Mac Help, or in the indexes of the two other books mentioned above. The word just isn't there. I know, this is simple stuff, but if you don't know that alias = shortcut in the Mac world, you're out of luck. I had heard so often that Mac and Apple were "intuitive," so it's a word I now despise. If your brain is Windows partitioned like mine is, there's nothing intuitive about a Mac, until you reconfigure your cranial neurons to Mac OS X. Then it's pretty nice.

I was ready to give my iMac to one of my daughters and go crawling back to Microsoft, when I decided to get this book.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By E. Carroll on June 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have recently moved from PC to a MacBook. After being a PC guy for the past 20 plus years, I found it very difficult to figure out how to do things with the MAC. Everything is different on the Mac OS. The first time I tried to change from PC to Mac I became frustrated and returned to the PC. A few months later, I decided to give it another try. This book has been a savior! This really is the book that should come with the MAC. It is very complete without being a "techie" manual. I can easily find the things I am looking for and they are easy to understand. There is even a section that describes what I use to do on a PC and how to do it on the Mac. If you are switching from a PC to Mac, definitely buy this book!
The Missing Manual also makes a similar book titled "Mac OS X Leopard". They both have a lot of the same stuff in them. "OS X Leopard" can get a little more into the weeds for a newbie. "Switching to the Mac" has the section that allows to to look up what you used to do on a PC and tells you how to do it on a Mac.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on August 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
After using the Tiger version of Mac OS X (10.4) for a couple of months, I updated to the Leopard version (10.5) and obtained the Leopard edition of David Pogue's book from O'Reilly. Because of the new features in Leopard, this edition has expanded from 515 pages to 590 pages.

Although I expected to find a short section listing all of the new features introduced by Leopard, its absence is not a serious problem. These lists can be found on the Internet and then printed for reference.

This edition of the book follows the same chapter layout as the Tiger edition and includes all the very helpful features for anyone switching from a Windows-based PC to an iMac or MacBook. In addition to continually taking the PC-user's viewpoint in every section, there are chapters and sections especially designed to ease the transition. The most helpful for PC users are:

Chapter 1 - How the Mac is different

Chapters 5-7 - Transferring files, emails, contacts, etc. from your PC and also, Mac capabilities for replacing specific Windows programs

Appendix B - Where Did It Go? You'll find yourself referring to this useful appendix often to quickly find out how to do all the things that were second-nature on the PC, e.g., Ctl-Alt-Delete to `kill' stuck programs, shutdown, zipping/unzipping files, taskbar & system tray, favorites, and much more.

It you are switching from a PC to a Mac running Leopard, you'll love this book. But if you already have the Tiger edition and just want the Leopard content, then you will benefit more from purchasing the more comprehensive (almost 900 pages) Mac Leopard OS X: The Missing Manual, 2007, which is also by David Pogue.
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