Master Your Mac
Simple Ways to Tweak, Customize, and Secure OS X
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 424

OS X is a lot more than just a pretty face. Sure, the basics are easy, but beneath that gorgeous surface lie countless powerful features.

If you want to go beyond the basics, Master Your Mac will take you there. With tips on everything from organizing your workspace to strengthening your computer's security, author Matt Cone will show you how to tweak, customize, and control your Mac. And since many of the best tools for unlocking your Mac's potential don't come with OS X, you'll discover the best apps to fix those everyday Apple annoyances and make your computer do things your way.

In Master Your Mac, you'll find out how to change hidden defaults and enable undocumented features; repair disk permissions to improve performance and keep things humming along; monitor your system; and even create a bootable USB drive for emergencies. You'll also learn how to:

  • Automate day-to-day tasks with AppleScript, triggers, and Automator macros
  • Handle massive amounts of email and media with synced accounts and spam filters
  • Turn your Mac into a file or web server
  • Improve your web experience by creating Safari extensions and using site-specific browsers
  • Secure your Mac with firmware passwords, firewalls, and FileVault full-disk encryption

Master Your Mac is packed with tips and addons to make everything you do with your Mac faster, easier, and better. Make OS X your own.

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Great for Intermediate Users

By Hartley the Editor

from Lyndonville, VT

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    Comments about oreilly Master Your Mac:

    Master Your Mac is a well written book for intermediate and advanced Mac users to enjoy while improving their MacBook proficiency and productivity. It is for users who are not afraid to go beyond what you read in most other Mac books, and it does not read like a manual, i

    Master Your Mac contains clear instructions for 38 interesting and useful projects. The projects are grouped into seven parts: Basics, Productivity, Automation, Managing Your Life, Internet and Networks, Serious Security, and Monitoring, Trouble Shooting, and Maintenance.

    Each project begins with a statement of what it is about and why you would want to do it. Next there is a list of the references it uses. Most projects begin using resources available in your Mac OS X, and then go beyond to what more you can do with additional resources. The list includes the URLs to obtain more resources and more information about them. The list indicates if they are free, or an indicator ($, $$, or $$$) of how much they cost,

    Each project ends with Matt Cone's interesting "Additional Ideas."
    I like Matt Cone's writing style and the inclusion of his personal opinions. As an example his list of "Best OS X Shortcuts" includes several that I was not aware of and will use in the future. It also includes references I can use to find other shortcuts that I might like.

    I finished his project on Maintaining a MacBook's Battery, and I am sure my MacBook appreciates it. The instructions were clear and not at all difficult to follow, though I was a little nervous doing it.

    I requested this copy to review for my Mac Users Group. I have been reading through it, and have made a list of the projects I most want to do first. I am eager to get started on them, but I want to finish this review while it still may be useful.

    I highly recommend Master Your Mac for intermediate and advanced Mac users. I believe you will find the projects interesting, and that they will improve your Macintosh experience.

    If you are not sure if you are an intermediate user you will probably be OK if you back up first, and are careful following the instructions, but you might want to get some help before tackling anything you do not understand.

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