Inside.Mac

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Apple's .Mac service (pronounced dot Mac) offers everything Mac OS X users have come to expect: an attractive, intuitive interface and a wealth of features with all the underlying power you'll ever need. .Mac includes web mail, an online contact management system, storage space, a fully customizable web site of your own, and much more. On your first tour of this suite of subscriber-based services, you'll be delighted by how easy and convenient .Mac is to use. But you'll soon discover that there's a lot more to ...

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Overview

Apple's .Mac service (pronounced dot Mac) offers everything Mac OS X users have come to expect: an attractive, intuitive interface and a wealth of features with all the underlying power you'll ever need. .Mac includes web mail, an online contact management system, storage space, a fully customizable web site of your own, and much more. On your first tour of this suite of subscriber-based services, you'll be delighted by how easy and convenient .Mac is to use. But you'll soon discover that there's a lot more to .Mac than meets the eye!Inside .Mac will help you get the most out of Apple's new Internet services. This handy, quick reference offers a clear overview of the entire .Mac package and many of its not-so-obvious features. You'll learn how to set up and manage your account quickly and without fuss. Each .Mac service is discussed in an objective, no-frills fashion that'll show you how to use—and what to expect from—iDisk, web mail, your personal web site, and everything else that .Mac offers. The book covers:

  • Setting up your .Mac account: a guided tour to getting started with .Mac
  • Using your iDisk: a detailed look at using iDisk, its directories, the iDisk utility and more
  • Mac Software: a look at what's included in the software directory, including Virex anti-virus software, the Backup utility, Mac Slides Publisher, and third-party software
  • .Mac Email: everything you need to know, on configuring your settings to adding additional email accounts
  • Building a HomePage: an overview of HomePage options that covers uploading files, publishing iPhoto libraries, protecting your site, and publishing and announcing your site
  • Synchronizing Your Mac with .Mac: learn how to set up and sync your Address Book, iCal Calendars, and more using iSync
From enthusiastic new users to hardcore Mac geeks, anyone who uses .Mac will want to get the most from their subscription service. Inside .Mac is the only book that shows you how. There's no better way take control than with this handy guide.

Subscribers to Apple's .Mac now have a guide that will allow them to coordinate and take advantage of all the new services available to them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596005016
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Toporek cut his teeth on a Mac II system when he got his first job in publishing in 1988, and has been using them ever since. Chuck is a senior editor in charge of the Mac OS X/Apple Developer Connection (ADC) series for O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. He is also the author/editor of the Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide, co-author of Mac OS X in a Nutshell, and author of the upcoming title, Inside .Mac.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
iApp Integration with .Mac;
What You Get with .Mac;
The Benefits of a .Mac Membership;
System Requirements;
How This Book Is Organized;
Conventions Used in This Book;
We’d Like to Hear From You;
Acknowledgments;
.Mac’s Core Services;
Chapter 1: Setting Up Your .Mac Account;
1.1 Before You Sign Up;
1.2 Your First Stop: System Preferences;
1.3 Configuring Mail;
1.4 Changing Your .Mac Password;
1.5 Setting an iCal Event to Change Your .Mac Password;
1.6 Renewing Your .Mac Membership;
Chapter 2: Inside Mac.com;
2.1 Navigating Mac.com;
2.2 Managing Your .Mac Account;
2.3 Forget Your Password?;
2.4 The .Mac Services Sidebar;
2.5 The .Mac Learning Center;
Chapter 3: Using Your iDisk;
3.1 The iDisk’s Filesystem;
3.2 Mounting the iDisk;
3.3 iDisk Public Folders;
3.4 Unmounting an iDisk;
3.5 Mounting an iDisk on a Mac OS 9 System;
3.6 The iDisk Utility;
3.7 iDisk Synchronization;
Chapter 4: .Mac Mail;
4.1 Two Ways to Check Your .Mac Mail;
4.2 Using .Mac’s Web-Based Mail;
4.3 Setting Mail’s Preferences;
4.4 Working with Mail;
4.5 Using the Address Book with .Mac;
Protecting Your Mac;
Chapter 5: Using Virex;
5.1 Finding and Installing Virex;
5.2 Running Virex;
5.3 Scanning Attachments in Mail;
5.4 Virus Scanning from the Terminal;
Chapter 6: Using Backup;
6.1 What to Back Up?;
6.2 Where to Back Up?;
6.3 Backup’s Cans and Can’ts;
6.4 Finding and Installing Backup;
6.5 Using Backup;
6.6 Backing Up to an iDisk;
6.7 Backing Up to CD or DVD;
6.8 Backing Up to a Drive;
6.9 Restoring Files from a Backup;
6.10 When a Backup Fails;
.Mac and Your Digital Life;
Chapter 7: Building a .Mac HomePage;
7.1 Planning Your HomePage;
7.2 What You Can’t Do with a .Mac HomePage;
7.3 What Goes Where on Your iDisk;
7.4 HomePage Styles and Themes;
7.5 Creating Your Main Page;
7.6 Creating a Photo Album Page with iPhoto;
7.7 Sharing Files on your HomePage;
7.8 Creating an iMovie Page;
7.9 Creating a Movie Page with iMovie 4;
7.10 Password-Protecting Your HomePage;
7.11 Announcing Your HomePage;
7.12 Adding a Favicon to Your HomePage;
7.13 Rolling Your Own;
7.14 Learning More About Web Design;
Chapter 8: Blogging with iBlog;
8.1 What Is a Blog?;
8.2 Why iBlog?;
8.3 Installing iBlog;
8.4 iBlog Overview;
8.5 Building Your Blog;
8.6 Further Exploration;
Chapter 9: Using iSync with .Mac;
9.1 Understanding iSync;
9.2 Overview of iSync;
9.3 Registering Your Mac with the Sync Server;
9.4 Performing Your First Sync;
9.5 Mac-to-Mac Syncing;
9.6 Bookmark Syncing;
9.7 iSync’s Logs;
Chapter 10: Slide Shows and iCards;
10.1 Creating a Public Slide Show;
10.2 iCards;
Appendixes;
.Mac’s Keyboard Shortcuts;
Backup;
iBlog;
iDisk Utility;
iSync;
Safari’s Keyboard Shortcuts;
Virex;
Common iDisk Error Codes;
Installing and Using the iDisk Utility for Windows XP;
Installing the Windows XP iDisk Utility;
Connecting to Your iDisk on Windows XP;
Connecting to a Public Folder on Windows XP;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Outdated pricing

    The unfortunate problem about this book is that, through no fault of the author, certain crucial portions are now utterly outdated. These are the passages describing the email offerings in .Mac and their prices. For example, the cost of getting an extra 25 Mb of email space is listed at $10/year, or for an extra 200 Mb, it is $90/year. Well, ever since Google announced trial gmail accounts with a free 1 Gb, the email business has been radically altered. In response to Google, Yahoo now offers 200 Mb free. Hotmail will soon offer 250 Mb free. So why pay Apply $90/year? On a related note, the book describes iDisk, where for an extra 200 Mb, you pay $60/year. Again, why? Now, I realise iDisk gives an ability to store and use arbitrary files, and this is more general than email. Plus, iDisk has neat features that increase its value. Even so, the new email price points will inevitably force Apple to reprice iDisk, as enough people make a simple, and essentially correct, comparison to email pricing. The upside for the book is that while the above sections are now outdated, if Apple freshens the pricing, then the rest of the book becomes far more attractive. (Moore's Law is working for you!) But only on this proviso.

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