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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449330274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449330279
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Firstly let me state that I was new to Apple Mac, as of two weeks, and as such decided i needed a comprehensive manual to guide me though what I anticipated being a few months of confusion and brain drain. Yes I had purchased the 'one to one sessions' from apple at the point of purchase, but still wanted to get to now the mac in person and at the outset, before bumbling on and getting into bad habits etc etc.

So I did my research on the numerous different books available ( and I do mean books, you know the heavy, nice paper things), despite Mountain Lion being newly released. Basically I did internet reviews, knowing how fickle and subjective they can be, and looked at actual copies of the previous additions for lion, snow leopard etc.

Let me tell you... the change / move over to the Mac IS NOT as painful as expected, praise the lord, however there is so much to take in as these computers will blow your socks off with their wizardry and as such you will need help. I spent quite a few hours watching the different tutorials on the apple site and particularly youtube etc and would recommend all new users to do this it will make your transition a pleasurable one.

Then, when you have a little insight into the basics and fundamentals of the Mac you will need this book, the most valuable tool money can buy, its quite simply amazing! It's just the most comprehensive book you could purchase and why Apple don't supply one of these with every sale I will never know.

Its very easy to understand, smartly written with the odd line of humor every now and then and really is the bible to the Mac. Currently I am only a third of the way through it and sit when ever I can at my iMac with the book at the side of me working my way though page by page, its actually a pleasure.
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Upgrading from a pre-Intel Mac G4 to an iMac running Mountain Lion I was unprepared for the phase shift in the computing experience. It's not really an upgrade it's a whole (highly cool) new computing environment. A bit daunting when you encounter it at my age (75). Pogue's book is the one that got me through it, as did their predecessors in their day. This is not a facile run through the highlights of the OS, as contained in many smaller and more accessible volumes. This one has EVERYTHING you will ever need to know. When your Mac suddenly presents you with a silly screen, a weird window, or a strange sidebar, turn to Pogue to find out why it is doing it, whether you should care, and what if anything you should do about it. Don't try to read it from front to back. Read it from the index, and just go for the bit you need to know at the time. Gradually you will build up an amazing bank of useful knowledge about the lovely big cat under your fingertips. It is an essential guide to every aspect of both "How to" and "What's going on" Go on. Make your Mac experience even more wonderful.
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Working my way through the book. My husband has also dabbled in it to find answers to specific queries.
Written in a way that is easy to understand. I don't usually look at these books because I find that the information is hard to follow. The Mac programmes are so easy to use and I am finding this book really helpful. Highly recommended.
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I originally got the Kindle version of this book but found I needed more and bought the print version. I find it first class having just come back to a Mac from Windows 7. Before the Windows 7 I had a pre Intel G5 and things have moved on in the Mac world since then. This book has helped me immensely with my new Mac Mini. When having difficulty it is easy to find the solution although I did have to call Apple help when I needed to get a new administrator password 4 stars.

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Having suffered Windows in its various reincarnations over 30 years, making the move to a Mac left me feeling a bit apprehensive. This book alone has helped me enormously. Technical concepts are explained in straightforward language, subjects are easy to find and various items are graded according to the readers ability and knowledge. Readable throughout but more useful to dip into and out of, as you explore.
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This manual has been thoroughly researched and contains lots of helpful advice. It describes techniques which are not obvious or hidden. This is a far better guide than the Dummies equivalent.
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As a new convert to an Apple laptop I have found this guide an invaluable help improving my poor computing skills.
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O'Reilly's 'Missing Manual' series is rapidly expanding and now covers more than a dozen different topics. Generally, they favourably compare with another publisher's 'Bible' series which is more expansive in scope but is also longer established although they do not always match subject for subject.

Any title in the series will be a good choice and may be a useful expansion on any other similar, although either more specific or less comprehensive, alternative. This one, which delves into the specifics of OS X 10.8 - Mountain Lion - rather than OS X generally, provides what initially appeared to be full coverage of its subject and includes data on most of the provided applications as well as others that you can either download and use without payment or purchase although that is not its major function. On one of its first pages, it lists in broad terms, some of the differences (omissions, additions and changes) from the previous version and there is a separate list for those who may need it of the major included utilities.

Although thoroughly illustrated, the book primarily depends upon its text rather than its images to disperse its message and uses its imagery to clarify and demonstrate specific points where necessary. The book does its job well although it does not delve deeply into the intricacies of Unix (leaving that to another book) and other technical matters likely not to be of concern to the majority of the system's users. Similarly, hardware issues are mostly left to companion titles, one for MacBook Pros and another for iMacs (the Mac Mini appears not currently to be included) although there are some references where they are needed.

The book also includes a comparative table of Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts, the presence of which some may question.
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