My MacBook, Portable Documents Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0789743039
ISBN-10: 0789743035
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About the Author

John Ray is a life-long fan of Apple’s products; he has been an avid Mac user since its inception in 1984. He relies on Mac OS X both at work and at home because it is a robust, flexible platform for programming, networking, and design.Over the past 12 years, John has written books on Mac OS X, iPhone development, Adobe Creative Suite, Linux, networking, and computer security. He currently manages the application development team in the Office of Sponsored Programs at The Ohio State University. He lives with his long-time girlfriend, their dogs Maddy and Coco, and an assortment of tech toys.


Product Details

  • File Size: 21317 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (February 11, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHD92W
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By Karl VINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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The title of this book and the editorial description are both lame. This is not a book about using (just) your MacBook - but, rather, a Snow Leopard-specific introduction to using any Mac. The only thing that is really MacBook specific - vs iMac or Mac Pro - is the brief illustration that shows what the various ports are.

This book is only for you if you have an Intel Mac running Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6).

Note, too, that every Mac comes with iLife, yet this book does not make mention of any of the iLife applications.

While beautifully laid out and illustrated with screen captures, the editorial content of the book seems to have not been reviewed by a Mac expert, as there are numerous issues throughout that are either awkward, or not appropriate for a typical user.

In the first pages, the author notes the use of context menus via clicking a right mouse button, but does not note that with certain Apple mice, the right button must be enabled in the System Preferences first. He then talks about control-clicking (the way to get a secondary click with a single / left mouse button) on the trackpad - and does not mention the more convenient trackpad methods until much later in Chapter 8.

He notes that folders can be dragged to the dock, but does not point out that they can only be dragged to the right side of the dock only. This is unfortunately typical of the almost-correct instructions throughout the book that a knowledgeable reviewer / editor might have helped smooth out.

On page 23, in a sidebar box called "Remember your Gestures!", Ray talks about four-finger swipe, etc., on the trackpad - but he does not introduce these until pages 213-214 in Chapter 8. Even there, they are not adequately described.
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I am a new Mac user and find this book to be my "guide". The book is clearly written and has great illustrations that guide you through the various aspects of OS X. The index is complete which allows you to find specific topics.
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Love this Book , so well explained in detail, easy to understand for young and old.
I refer to this Book quite often, I do not require to ring apple for advise, it is there in the book .
great
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By Stanc on September 29, 2012
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An enjoyable read. Clean type with good and easy to follow instuctions. Written on high quality paper. Only critcism is that some of the reference pictures are so small that you can not read them. Isn't that what this instructual book is all about?
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Coming from the Windows world, I needed a helpful reference for the Mac operating system. This seems to be a good tool to ease the transition.
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Apple deserves its reputation for elegant design and intuitive interfaces, but that does not change the fact that computers are initially somewhat difficult to understand - obviously for the first-time user, but perhaps even more so for the desktop PC user making the paradigm shift to Mac, mobility, or both. This book is the perfect curative for this condition.

From a concise overview of the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard desktop, through initial configuration of network connections and email clients, and then into Apple's bundled applications, My MacBook was cleverly designed to rapidly raise the novice to a level of comfort and proficiency. Each page is laden with full-color images and short step-by-step instructions, teaching the reader exactly what he or she needs to know without unnecessary verbiage or technical detail. While clearly intended to be read start to finish, the book is very well indexed and organized, allowing the user to quickly find the solution to a particular problem if and when the need arises.

Bottom line: if you're not already an Apple genius, and you have a MacBook, check this one out. More computer books should be written like this.
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...VERY basic. Unless you have never used a computer, this book isn't going to help much.
I should rephrase this...if you never used a Macbook, this might help.
Good book, just more basic than what I wanted...
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I was lucky enough to find this book on amazon they were asking a astronomical price for it at other stores. Having just got my MacBook Pro this passed Christmas this book has been extremely helpful for me to learn and trouble shoot anything I could possibly think of for my computer. It's easy to understand and great for quick referencing. Thank you!
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