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  • Paperback: 906 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596153287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596153281
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Garraway on 27 April 2010
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I have been a fan of the Missing Manual series for OS X since I changed from PC to Mac back in 2004. Having just moved to an iMac with Snow Leopard I have stuck with the series and have not been disappointed. Whilst all the information in the book is probably out there somewhere it is a great plus to have all this stuff sitting on a shelf close to hand. The shortcuts and 'hidden' properties that are in the book make it a real aid to faster and more efficient working. On past experience with my previous Mac I also found that when I had to do some emergency re-installation etc the relevant section in the Missing Manual was a great help, so regard having the current volume as good insurance.
Given my experience with the OS X series I have also invested in the companion volume on iWork.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Jackson on 6 Feb. 2011
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if there is one thing that is pretty useless about macs it is the 'help' offered on the computer.
If you can find the issue you are searching for, the instructions have to be printed up,
unless of course you have a photographic memory, because the list of instructions vanish
as soon as you try to start following them. Googling your problem is far more helpful, and
it does show how many people, other than you, go through hell trying to resolve problems
that can generally be fixed simply with the right instructions.
running leopard and now snow leopard, I bought a new HP B110 printer, this time I had the
"Missing Manual" and in only two paragraphs of instructions learned the secret of adding a printer
to my Mac. Instead of installing the HP software using the CD provided,(for two years I used
this with my last HP Photosmart.) The "Missing Manual" told me to just plug in the USB to your
Mac, if the driver isn't already pre-installed, it will search the net, download it automatically,
and as the book says. "Voila" you have installed a new printer.
No booting up with alien HP scanner software, Image Capture replaces 'HP Scan Pro'.
Printing requires no more effort than clicking on 'print'. No more Applications > Hewlett Packard >
Printer. Any further 'problems' that inevitably challenge a non Psychic user like me, are resolved
by a fantastically specific index. Full and easy to follow instructions that don't vanish when you need
them most.
Even if you only use one page of the Missing Manual to solve one specific challenge, you will have
got your ten pounds back in the time saved and the improvement to your digital experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BookBeetle on 21 Dec. 2010
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D Pogue writes a truly excellent guide to the Mac.
BUT - a very large *but* - he does not begin where the beginner's actual needs are! Anyone coming from Windows to Mac - with the correct Missing Manual - will find he assumes you know so much more about Apple Mac than you possibly could. I spent ages fruitlessly looking for 'font book' for instance - so simple to any mac-user - but not to a newbie!
2] the other missing bit - which really is crucial - is a far better Index
There is plenty of helpful info here - you cannot grasp it when you are a new user - and unless you can cope with the total overload of trying to read the entire manual in search of what you need, you cannot find this info quickly and easily.
Looking at other reviews, it is clear that the 1-star ones are from people who have had this problem. so let's hope the publisher will employ a really thorough Indexer; and encourage David Pogue to do a first chapter which is a real 'beginner's guide'.

However - when you have explored your Mac, used it for a while and got used to some of the new ways of doing things, THEN come back to the Manual, and bless the day you bought it. Everything you want to know how to do *better* is there, waiting for you to have the questions ready to ask.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Smith on 5 April 2010
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Having for many years used PC"s running various versions of Microsoft Windows, I occasionally found my new iMac Snow Leopard something of a puzzle, hence the need for an authoritative Manual. There is no doubt that "The Missing Manual" by David Pogue is every bit of this. All necessary information is provided in detail, which can, at times be frustrating, due to the shear volume of data, which results in a book 5 Cms (2 inches) thick and could be said to involve too much nitty gritty. Should it have been provided with one quick fix chapter to solve some day to day problems. I would have given it the fifth star. However, enough of the criticism, It does provide an accurate and effective answer to Snow leopard problems and I have used it frequently.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By F. Sims on 26 Oct. 2009
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The last time I used Macs was back in the 90's. Having decided on a MacBook, I thought it would be useful getting a manual on the latest OS. I have looked at a lot of the available manuals and I like the style and lay out of his other manuals so decided to get it. Plus the other manuals appear even more superficiial.

It is clear that David has updated this with the latest Snow Leopard information and the book is littered with specific enhancements on virtually every page.

I find the style very readable and the information provided, very helpful. But it is not as detailed as I have come to expect from the Que 'Special Edition Using' series for Windows applications.
It is also not as full of the practical help of the 'Real World' series, for example, the area of using this OS on a MacBook with no mouse would benefit from some enhancements in future editions.

There are a places where I would like more detail, for example, the track pad section just covers the information that is covered by the videos that are built into the software without the practical advice of the benefits of certain options. To move applications in the dock meant a considerable amount of experimentation and I didn't find my eventual solution documented in this manual (hence the 4 stars). Prior to the publication of this manual, I had also found other keyboard shortcuts which are not documented for page up or page down, home or end, go to the beginning or end of line, next word etc.

I think it is the best of those manuals available and certainly worth buying to discover the potential of all the inbuilt applications. It is something I will read but then unlikely to keep referring back to in the future.
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