My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition, 2nd Edition
54 Simple Projects to Get You Started
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: August 2009
Pages: 512

So you finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. Whether it's a MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, or iMac—it's still your Mac, and it runs the Macintosh operating system, OS X. But what do you do with your Mac after you turn it on? Do you even know how to turn it off and put it to sleep? Maybe you do. . . . But what about setting up an email account, or playing your favorite CDs and movies? You need a book like My New™ Mac to make everything easy.

In this new, Snow Leopard edition of the best-selling My New Mac, you'll find 52 simple projects that will have you doing useful things right away—like surfing the Internet, sending email, listening to music, taking notes, and playing with your digital photos. Fun stuff, if you know how to do it.

Wallace Wang, best-selling author of My New iPhone and several of those For Dummies® books, gives you step-by-step instructions for organizing your music with iTunes, tracking birthdays with iCal, and clipping and saving information from the Internet so you can find it again.

You'll also find simple projects that show you how to:

  • Organize your files and folders by color and keyword
  • Connect to the Internet, chat with your friends, and listen to online radio stations
  • Install and update your software—and get rid of programs you don't want anymore
  • Set up and manage parental controls to limit your children's computer and Internet access
  • Share songs, images, and documents with other computers wirelessly
  • Use your built-in firewall and keep your computer and information safe from intruders

Don't put off learning how to use your new computer. Let Wallace Wang show you the ropes with My New Mac.

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Get More Out of You Mac Snow Leopard

By HartleyJ

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  • Accurate
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  • Helpful examples
  • Inspiring
  • Well-written


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    Comments about oreilly My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition, 2nd Edition:

    My New Mac Snow Snow Leopard Edition is a great book if you want to get more out of your Mac.

    My first impression was, "This book is wonderful for a new user to get started, even one who has never owned a computer before." My second thought was that including Encrypting Your Data, and Configuring the Firewall was really not necessary for new users, but then new users often express concern about security at user group meetings.

    As I read further, I found that My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition's projects are a wonderful way for me, or for any other user I know, to get started to use their Mac to do more things and to work in new ways. It is fun to do the projects and learn new stuff.

    My New Mac, Snow Leopard Edition, begins with simple projects you need to get started, such as how to use your new mouse or track pad. Part 1 Basic Training even includes Conserving Energy which may be considered as basic for new laptop users.

    An introduction to short cuts is just the beginning if the nine projects in Part 2 Making Life Easier with Shortcuts. Other projects include using the Dashboard, User Accounts, and Making Your Mac Easier to See, Hear, and Control. The projects are interesting, and clearly and accurately written to get you started to work better.

    Parts 3, Putting Your Macintosh to Work, covers projects from Jotting Down Notes to Typing Foreign Languages with audio, visual, and other projects in between. You are sure to find some that will interest you in doing something new. Part 4, Touching the World Through the Internet, contains sets of projects to to keep you in touch with the wired world. These projects will get you started in doing new and interesting things and/or in learning new ways to do these things.

    The are six projects in Part 5, Maintaining Your Macintosh, include three on maintenance and three on protecting your security.

    As described in The Next Step, this book can only give you a solid foundation on which you can learn to use your Macintosh to do actual work. I hope that it also gets you interested in trying new things for the fun of it.

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