Inside .Mac
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2004
Pages: 384

Apple's .Mac service (pronounced dot Mac) offers everything Mac OS X users have come to expect: an attractive, intuitive interface and a wealth of features with all the underlying power you'll ever need. .Mac includes web mail, an online contact management system, storage space, a fully customizable web site of your own, and much more. On your first tour of this suite of subscriber-based services, you'll be delighted by how easy and convenient .Mac is to use. But you'll soon discover that there's a lot more to .Mac than meets the eye!

Inside .Mac will help you get the most out of Apple's new Internet services. This handy, quick reference offers a clear overview of the entire .Mac package and many of its not-so-obvious features. You'll learn how to set up and manage your account quickly and without fuss. Each .Mac service is discussed in an objective, no-frills fashion that'll show you how to use--and what to expect from--iDisk, web mail, your personal web site, and everything else that .Mac offers. The book covers:

  • Setting up your .Mac account: a guided tour to getting started with .Mac
  • Using your iDisk: a detailed look at using iDisk, its directories, the iDisk utility and more
  • Mac Software: a look at what's included in the software directory, including Virex anti-virus software, the Backup utility, Mac Slides Publisher, and third-party software
  • .Mac Email: everything you need to know, on configuring your settings to adding additional email accounts
  • Building a HomePage: an overview of HomePage options that covers uploading files, publishing iPhoto libraries, protecting your site, and publishing and announcing your site
  • Synchronizing Your Mac with .Mac: learn how to set up and sync your Address Book, iCal Calendars, and more using iSync
From enthusiastic new users to hardcore Mac geeks, anyone who uses .Mac will want to get the most from their subscription service. Inside .Mac is the only book that shows you how. There's no better way take control than with this handy guide.
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.mac out of date

By bigbill

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This book is terribly outdated. Had I known that it was published in 2004, well before iLife '06, I would not have bought it. Some material remains valid, but a good portion is simply obsolete. This is a shame, since the book is well written, and I'm certain it was quite valuable when the information was current.

 
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By Ben Capozzi

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I bought this book along with a .Mac account and have found it to be somewhat useful, but nothing extraordinary, sorry to say.

What I find most detrimental to this book is the NUMEROUS typos. It is sloppily edited, if it was edited at all. There are some chapters where you cannot read 3 pages without coming across 2 or more typos. A few here and there is understandable, if unprofessional. But the HUGE number of typos in this book make it embarrassing.

I think it's worth a look, but not at full price. Hence, the merely average rating.

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