Switching to a Mac For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470140765
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From the Back Cover

Here's how to pick a Mac and get going with Mac OS X

Find the right Mac, set it up in a jiffy, and start enjoying the iLife

Whether prompted by those very amusing TV commercials or just your good sense, you're ready to turn down Mac lane. Here's your guidebook! Find out what to expect, how to move your stuff, what Windows apps you can run on a Mac, how to get online and stay safe (it's easy!) and translate Mac speak versus Windows speak.

  • Decide what hardware you need
  • Set up a wireless network

  • Keep your Mac updated and secure

  • Create cool projects with Apple software

  • Run Windows on your Mac

About the Author

Arnold Reinhold has over three decades experience in the software industry. His first Apple product was a Mac 512. He has coauthored numerous books, including The Internet For Dummies Quick Reference, 8th Edition.

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  • File Size: 8330 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1st edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2007
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XPNVS0
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By Susan Veatch Golds on January 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Susan Veatch Golds, Alaskan Apple User Group Member
Product Title: "Switching to a Mac for Dummies"
Author: Arnold Reinhold
Price: $21.99 USA
Publisher/Distributor: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Website: [...]
Pro: This book was constructed so that a non-computer literate could find, learn and use it effectively during the confusing process of switching from a PC to a Mac.
Con:Needed a good light and strong reading glasses to see the figures inserted in the texts. But when following along with your computer it makes it easier. There were some miss allocations. Such as figure 5-1, the current application was being called iChat instead of Finder. In the discussion of IPhoto, the term ITunes was used several times inadvertently. But ignoring that, even I was able to understand how to use the application.
Moose Rating 1-5 (5 highest): 5

The book's real strength is in the step by step organization of the information. It can help you decide IF you want a Mac; what KIND of Mac do you want; and HOW to set the computer up. Once you have made the decision to switch, you are told how to more smoothly transfer your information from your old PC to the Mac. Security issues are discussed. Ultimately, you are informed as to your choices of how to most securely dispose of your old PC to avoid making public your private files. Then it goes on to the specifics of running the computer with all the tricks to master the most from the machine. Including the various programs that are available on the machine, or available on the internet (either free or for purchase) to help you do anything you could dream you would need while using your new Mac.
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I have a traditional love/hate relationship with Dummies books. When I am truly a dummy in the subject, I like their broad overviews. "Switching to the Mac for Dummies" is a new title for the Dummies series and is the first Dummies book by author Arnold Renhold. Generally Dummies books are designed to give you the information you need in a lighthearted way so that the reader doesn't feel intimidated or overwhelmed.

I'm not sure what mark Reinhold was shooting for but he clearly missed it. The book is overwhelming yet inadequate and in some places just wrong! As an example, Reinhold said you can't run Appleworks on newer Macs. That is simply untrue. But why would someone switching to the Mac ever care about older version of Appleworks? Based on the contents of the book, it was more akin to "New Macs for Dummies". Reinhold covered PC to Mac issues as well as Mac to Mac issues. While that's nice, why would a PC user need that info? It creates an information overflow that makes the book harder to read and confusing for new Mac users.

While I realized Reinhold did not intend the book to be funny, I had to laugh at some of the topics he covered. Few users switching to the Mac need to know that back in the 1980s some PCs used MicroChannel Architectures (MCA) and Macs used NuBus. This minutae reminds me of the sketch on Airplane when the air traffic controller is asked how we got into this crisis, and he starts talking about dinosaurs creating oil and people buying expensive cars. Funny on a big screen, but not for a dummies book. That's just an example of the massive overkill of useless information. Is the author prepping people for an appearance on a trivia show?
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I highly recommend keeping a copy of this great book around for those times you do something stupid and need the chapter on Troubleshooting. I installed Kaspersky for Mac 2011 Anti-virus on my MacBook Air and it is not compatable with the new LION. It is compatable with earlier versions but not the latest OS-X Lion. The software crashed my system. I didn't panic, well a little bit, I reached for my copy of Lion for Dummies (me), turned to the chapter on Troubleshooting and Reinstalling from Time Machine. Within 15 minutes, Lion for Dummies and my Time Machine had me back up and running. Thank you OS-X Lion for Dummies..............
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I'm a big fan of Dr. Mac. Have been using Macs for decades & still find fresh insights, tricks, explanations and workarounds in his 'Dummy' books. Lion OS is different enough that I was delighted when the shipping date was moved up! I wanna get max use out of the new options.
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Interesting, informative, and even entertaining. was skeptical buying a book about it because I figured it would be dry, boring, and hellish to read. I was wrong. Dr. Mac is knowledgeable about the subject and actually makes the book fun and easy to read. All in all, Lion is pretty similar to older Mac operating systems, but this book does a great job of explaining all the new little features that make using my Macbook a lot more efficient.

There are a lot of forums and sites dedicated to Macbooks but I've found them difficult to navigate, so having this as a resource has been very helpful. He assumes that you have no previous knowledge using Mac OS, so everything is explained.
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