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The iMac For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5555022287
ISBN-10: 076450648X
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Amazon.com Review

Widely regarded as the greatest thing to come out of Apple Computer since the original Macintosh, the iMac is drawing thousands of new people into personal computing with its easy setup and friendly interface. While it's loaded with useful information, this guide doesn't overwhelm new and tentative iMac users. The book assumes that readers know nothing about the iMac and teaches skills that will allow them to explore the computer's capabilities without assistance--all while spouting wry humor.

The book begins its instruction by helping you pull the iMac out of its shipping box, hook up its cables, and turn it on. The author briefly but thoroughly explains how to use the mouse, how to identify and use various interface elements, and what various computer components (such as disk drives) are for. Slightly more complicated features, such as cutting, pasting, and printing, come next, followed by an explanation of the software that ships with the iMac and a good introduction to the Internet. Author David Pogue has a ton of experience writing about the Macintosh--he writes for MacWorld and is the author of the highly regarded Macs for Dummies. Pogue's light, welcoming style is perfect for newcomers. --David Wall --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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For your Mac community, you can't go wrong with these titles. Linzmayer's Apple Confidential is an unofficial history of Apple and a great read. Pogue's MacWorld Mac Secrets explains all the oddities about any Mac still in use, while his iMac guide follows the format of the "Dummies" series. Poole's MacWorld Mac OS 8.5 Bible completely explains Mac 8.5, the newest operating system upgrade.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books; 2 edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076450648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764506482
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,232,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recieved this book for Christmas and I am giving it five stars even though I was very dissappointed with it. This s a great book if you have never owned a Macintosh before. But if you have had a Macintosh before skip it. For it is nothing more than a revised edition of David Pogue's other book, Macs for Dummies (The book I cut my Mac teeth on.)
My favorite tip from the book, by the way, is to put an alias (you'll learn what that is and how to create one in the first few chapters) in a file called Start Up Items. Each time you start your computer, every item (like say America On Line) will be launched automatically.
But again, if you know how to use a Macintosh, this book isn't going to help you with the iMac...
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Last night, I bought and began reading "iMac for Dummies" by David Pogue. OK, I'm no computer wizard. I'm from an older generation that has had to learn this stuff like a second language. Nonetheless, I must exclaim with glee that simply reading thie iMac for Dummies book is more fun than anything I've ever DONE on a Wintel machine and one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done with computers. I have purchased several different Dummies type books for Word, Windows, DOS, etc., over the years. Never, ever has one come close to being this readable. After one night and morning of reading, I feel I am user-friendly with Macs. Contrast this with the countless hours (years) I spent planted in front of Windows programs, jaw clenched, with three books spread in my lap and trying in vain to solve indecipeherable error messages, glitches and crashes. Suddenly, it seems absurd how simple computing might really be and could have been all along. I am beginning to get a feeling--a strong feeling--that one can actually have a good time on a computer. Mac fever. Bless Mr. Pogue and Apple for rescuing us from the dark side of the force. I can sleep safely now, iMac and Dummies book by my bed, knowing that my family is safe from the evil Wintel demon. Seriously, kudos to Mr. Pogue for writing an emminently successful and accessible book on personal computers "for the rest of us."
Jeffrey Teuber
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This book saved me from a mental meltdown for I am a total computer novice and if it had not been for the long distance coaching from my adult daughter (from August until December) I would have been very frustrated. Now that I have read iMac For Dummies I am happy and my daughter is also happy, for long distance problem solving was not her favorite activity. The book assumes you know nothing about computers (so true in my case) and Pogue gently and humorously guides you through the maze within this clever computer. He tells you about things you can trash if you are not on a network; he shows you how to create deathless prose with the word processing program included (and uses very funny examples) and he also explains the games and other software that came with the iMac. This is an excellent book that I think should have been packed in the iMac box when it came from the factory.
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If you are already a Macintosh user and say things like Windows95 is Apple 84, then you can skip this book. If you have Pogue's other book, MACS FOR DUMMIES, you can skip it as well. (You will want IDG's OTHER iMac Book: MY iMAC.) If however, the iMac is your first Macintosh book, This is the book for you. In it you will such important information like what an alias is, how to create one, and why you would need to. What items in your system folder you can trash, and what you should never ever even entertain the thought of trashing. The book is funny and practical. I turn to mine time after time.
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The iMac is my very first computer and as a middle-aged housewife I was dismayed that there was no "beginners manual" packed in the iMac box. My adult daughter was a great help at first but our long distance "consultation calls" were getting pretty expensive. I was delighted to find this book, a perfect "beginners manual" that answered many, many questions for me. The book is clearly written by a man who assumes you know nothing and it is very thorough but not at all boring. Sprinkles of humor keep the tone light and reading this book was the most painless learning experience I've had recently. I feel the iMac is a wonderful "contraption" and I know that Pogue's book gave me more confidence than I could have found even with a tutor at my elbow. This is a wonderful guide to the mysteries of the innards of an iMac as far as I am concerned.
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This book is perfect for those people who know absolutely nothing about computers, or macs anyway. If the first computer somebody buys is an iMac, (which, by the way, would be wise) this is the book to get. It's got everything from how to turn the machine on, to turning it off, and EVERYTHING that you will do in between. And it's laid out so simply. If you've owned a mac before, and just bought an iMac, don't buy this book. It truly is a book for "dummies", or beginners.
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The book is very funny and does get you started. If you want to use it for a quick reference after you have read it, the jokes get in the way. Doesn't cover OS9 hardly at all. That was my main problem. I have OS9 and this book is probably great for OS8 and older. Would not recommend for OS9.
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