50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques

50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques

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Includes 50 fast and easy effects for streamlining and customizing Mac OS X that any user can achieve almost instantly.Each technique is fully illustrated.All techniques are explained with a proven step-by-step format.Each professional-level technique takes no more than five minutes to accomplish.
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Product details

  • Online resource | 432 pages
  • 198.6 x 226.6 x 29.5mm | 952.56g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0764539116
  • 9780764539114

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"Take my advice-you can use Mac OS X more effectively by following Joe's clever techniques"
--Adam Engst, TidBITSWhether you're a first-time Mac user or a savvy veteran, the fast, easy Mac OS X techniques in this book will make you much more productive. Each technique is fully illustrated and explained by veteran Mac developer Joe Kissell, who knows and shares all the ways to make Jaguar purr like a kitten. And each technique can be accomplished in just minutes!Your Easy Guide to Mac OS X Tricks and TechniquesGet comfortable with the Terminal application and take advantage of Mac OS X's Unix powerCustomize the Aqua interface to meet your needs and restore "missing" Classic features to Mac OS XCommunicate wirelessly using Bluetooth and share files with Windows computersModify the Dock and begin using file launchersTurbocharge your mouse and discover hands-free computing with speech recognitionSet up and use the new digital hub features, including iCal, iPod, iSync, iPhoto, iDVD, and iTunesAutomate maintenance functions to keep your Mac at peak performanceCompanion Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/kissell provides supplemental information, additional insights, updates, and other valuable data for each technique, as well as links to resources and discussion groups.
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About J Kissell

Joe Kissell has worked in the Macintosh software industry for the past nine years. He managed software development for Nisus Software Inc. and Kensington Technology Group, and has written two previous books on Mac software. Joe researches and writes for alt concepts, inc., an Internet publishing company.
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Table of contents



Chapter 1: Read Us First.

Technique 1: Learning Just Enough UNIX to be Dangerous.

Technique 2: Becoming All-Powerful as the Root User.

Technique 3: Customizing Terminal for Command-Line Power.

Chapter 2: Aqua's Hidden Treasures.

Technique 4: Preventing Window Overload with Column View.

Technique 5: Unlocking Aqua's Best-Kept Secret: Services.

Technique 6: Getting Info and What to Do with It.

Technique 7: Finding Files with the Finder.

Technique 8: Solving File Compatibility Problems with PDF.

Technique 9: Acessing Your Mac's Multilingual Personality.

Chapter 3: Customizing Mac OS X.

Technique 10: Putting More "Tool" in Your Toolbars.

Technique 11: Enhancing the Look and Functionality of Your Windows.

Technique 12: Automating the Finder with Scripts and Folder Actions.

Technique 13: Tailoring the Desktop to Your Personality.

Technique 14: Getting More from Aqua with Hidden Preferences.

Technique 15: Doctoring Your Doc.

Technique 16: Moving Beyond the Dock with File Launchers.

Technique 17: Restoring "Missing" Classic Features to Mac OS X.

Chapter 4: Input and Control Techniques.

Technique 18: Turbocharging Your Mouse.

Technique 19: Boosting Your Keyboard Efficiency.

Technique 20: Hands-Free Computing with Speech Recognition.

Technique 21: Using a Tablet for Handwriting Recognition and More.

Technique 22: Extending Your Reach with Universal Access.

Chapter 5: Networking & Communication.

Technique 23: Communicating Wirelessly with Bluetooth.

Technique 24. Sharing Files with Mac and Windows Computers.

Technique 25: Keeping Out the Riff-Raff with a Firewall.

Chapter 6: E-Mail & Web Techniques.

Technique 26: Customizing Apple's Mail Application.

Technique 27: Using Rules to Keep Your In Box Manageable.

Technique 28: Taming Web Searches with Sherlock 3.

Technique 29: Web Browsing Secrets of the Rich and famous.

Chapter 7: Computing More with Less.

Technique 30: Enhancing Your Inkjet Printer.

Technique 31: Microsoft-Free Computing with Open-Source Software.

Technique 32: Remote-Controlling Your Computer.

Technique 33: Advanced Image Editing on the Cheap with the GIMP.

Chapter 8: iApps: The Digital Hub and Beyond.

Technique 34: Making Smart iTunes Playlists Even Smarter.

Technique 35: Publishing iPhoto Albums on the Web.

Technique 36: Creating a Video Photo Album with iMovie.

Technique 37: Designing a Custom iDVD Motion Menu Theme.

Technique 38: Integrating iChat with Mail and Address Book.

Technique 39: Using iCal to Manage Meeting Schedules.

Technique 40: Keeping PDAs, Cell Phones, and iPods in Sync with iSync.

Chapter 9: Server Techniques for Nongeeks.

Technique 41. Giving Your Machine a Domain Name.

Technique 42: Turning Your Computer into a Web Server.

Technique 43: Using PHP to Create Dynamic Web Sites.

Technique 44: Creating and Sharing Databases.

Technique 45: Running Your Own Mail Server.

Chapter 10: Maintenance and Automation Techniques.

Technique 46: Recovering from Crashes and Errors.

Technique 47: Increasing Your Computer's Performance.

Technique 48: Backing Up (and Restoring) Data Painlessly.

Technique 49: Making a Bootable Clone of Your Hard Drive.

Technique 50: Scheduling Activities to Happen Automatically.

Appendix A: Shortcuts.

Appendix B: Essential UNIX Commands.

About the Author.


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