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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition (Missing Manuals) [Kindle Edition]

David Pogue
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Ready to move to the Mac? This incomparable guide helps you make a smooth transition. New York Times columnist and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue gets you past three challenges: transferring your stuff, assembling Mac programs so you can do what you did with Windows, and learning your way around Mac OS X.

Learning to use a Mac is not a piece of cake, but once you do, the rewards are oh-so-much better. No viruses, worms, or spyware. No questionable firewalls or inefficient permissions. Just a beautiful machine with a thoroughly reliable system. Whether you're using Windows XP or Windows 7, we've got you covered.

  • Transfer your stuff. Moving files from a PC to a Mac is the easy part. This guide gets you through the tricky things: extracting your email, address book, calendar, Web bookmarks, buddy list, desktop pictures, and MP3 files.
  • Re-create your software suite. Big-name programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and others are available in both Mac and Windows versions. But hundreds of other programs are Windows-only. Learn the Macintosh equivalents and how to move data to them.
  • Learn Mac OS X Lion. Once you've moved into the Macintosh mansion, it's time to learn your way around. You're in good hands with the author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, the #1 bestselling guide to Mac OS X.

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About the Author

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. 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17717 KB
  • Print Length: 712 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NHLF5C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The latest edition of the title 17 April 2012
According to some, more people are moving from PC to Mac than ever before. However, it remains true that, overall, PC users dramatically outnumber those of the Mac, and that situation may not significantly change. It is true that there are certain industries where the use of Macs is almost 'standard' and design and publishing are probably the largest. In finance and general office use, and for home use, the PC is well ahead in terms of numbers.

There are claims that Windows operates more quickly and more reliably on a Mac than on a PC if used with one or other of the various programs that allow the non-native software to operate within the platform, that viruses and Trojans are infrequent visitors and that the hardware is considerably more user-friendly. One thing you may not miss should you convert to Mac use is the weekly or monthly pleasure of downloading and installing endless numbers of 'important updates'. With the Mac, if there are updates, Apple will assemble several and publish a periodic update pack, but probably none too often. Another experience you may not miss is the dreaded BSOD - Blue Screen of Death!

You may wish to list the relevant advantages and disadvantages to you of a change in system, and perhaps score them. You will need to research which Mac software could replace those programs you now use where there is not a direct Mac version and perhaps also evaluate which of several options may be the best suited. You may wish to consider one of the packages that enables the installation of Windows on your Mac and that of its software should a Mac equivalent not be available - accounting and payroll are examples that are not well-served on the Mac.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 11 Sept. 2012
This is a helpful and comprehensive book but bear in mind that it does not cover the latest operating system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect aid for a lifelong hardcore PC user 16 May 2012
By Paul Arking - Published on
First let me set the background for this review: since my childhood, I've always been a PC guy. I grew up on Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95, NT, 2000, XP, and 7. I've worked my whole professional life in the IT field. So, in short, we're talking a decades-long intimate history of Windows on a PC.

As added background, I will confess to having done my fair share of bashing Apple and its products.

So, it was with quite a hearty share of hesitation and introspection that I took upon myself to switch to a Mac. A couple of years of exposure to an iPhone and iPad, combined with the new innovations in the recent versions of OS X (especially the move towards integrating it with iOS, as well as the unmatched beauty of the Magic Mouse) all together provided the last few straws to break the proverbial camel's back.

Naturally, as a lifelong PC guy, I was lost on a Mac. I have a good knowledge of Unix and Linux, and that was my small shred of comfort, but not nearly enough to make the transition easy enough to keep from turning back.

This book, though, was the perfect aid. I read it cover to cover, following along with my new Mac Pro, learning the intricacies of OS X Lion. In fact, by the time I was done with this book, I even had lifelong Mac users interrupting me at times with "wait--how did you do that?!" From keyboard shortcuts, to really useful tips, to step-by-step instructions, this book covers virtually everything you need to know to get up and running on a Mac. It's especially geared towards Windows users, but I can see this working equally well for any new computer user with minimal technological intuition.

I can honestly say that without this book, I'm not even all that sure if I would've had the patience to see the PC-to-Mac transition through to the end... not to mention that the transition probably took only a fraction of the time because of it.

I highly recommend this book for anyone switching from a PC to a Mac. Not only that, but having made the transition and now seeing the advantages of a Mac with OS X Lion for myself, I can also highly recommend that even the most stalwart of PC people should at least give it a fair, objective, and serious look at some point. You might just be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

(Added tip: Parallels Desktop is the final missing piece to make that transition smooth for lifelong-PC users who worry about some of their PC-only apps; I have yet to encounter a single PC-only program that doesn't work just fine with it!)

My only gripe is that there are references in this book to web-available addenda, but some of them are still listed on the site as "coming soon". The book has been out for quite a while already and if those addenda are not there yet, I can't imagine what the author is waiting for!
71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pogue does it again! A winner 25 Mar. 2012
By B. Pelton - Published on
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Holy cow- What a Book! The subtitle is "The book that should have been in the box". Perhaps it should have but this over 700 page wonder weights only 4 ounces less than my Mac Air. It is worth every dollar it cost and tree that had to be sacrificed to make it. I can only attack it a charter at a time but I walk away with valuable insights, tricks and a deeper understanding each time. Pogue is through and organized while not being ponderous. His wit and humor shine through. My Mac and I will be great collaborators by the time I finish this. Consider this a necessity as you make the move to Mac. I have purchased and attended Apple's One-to-One classes and find this to be equally valuable.
59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indespensible 4 April 2012
By Linda Smith - Published on
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I just made the switch to a Mac and was really questioning my decision because it is so different from my old PC. When I bought this book, I was skeptical that I would be able to understand it. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book is invaluable. I also bought Mac for dummies and while it is good, this book is better.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning MAC is like learning a new language 10 Sept. 2012
By AlainaC - Published on
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I have always owned PC, but all of my PC's have come to an end the same way...bogged down with gunk, viruses and slowness. I started researching MAC and found that they don't seem to have as much problems as the PC's so I decided to jump in the deep end and purchase one.
From the moment I turned it on, I was lost. A friend of my husband's, told him about this book. I looked at it online and checked out the reviews, pretty positive.
When I received it, I was blown away in just the first chapter, HOW MUCH I LEARNED!!! It tells you all the tricks and tips, plus the functionality of every aspect of the MAC. I would be still lost if I didn't have this book.
If you are like me, brand new to MAC, this book will help you embrace the huge change from the PC. I definitely recommend it!
40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and buy a Mac and this book 1 April 2012
By D. R. Schryer - Published on
I first started using computers at NASA in 1958. Back then, many of my fellow scientists were content to use only slide rules and were disinterested in the new computers NASA had acquired. But I loved computers because they allowed me to solve problems which previously were insolvable. Fortunately, the world eventually woke up to the importance of computers which have been one of the most important inventions of the past century. But as computers caught on and moved to the desktop, I was disappointed with the PCs which became the standard desktop computers. Then I got my first Macintosh. In my opinion, Apple's Macintosh computers make PCs seem awkward and clumsy to use by comparison.Truly, Macintosh is the computer which changed everything -- even for PC owners who would not have Windows if the Macintosh had not paved the way. Fortunately, Macs are so user friendly that if you are a PC user who is considering switching to a Mac you don't have to buy this book. But, if you do buy it, you'll probably be glad that you did -- and you'll love your new Mac even more.
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