Leo Laporte's Guide to Mac OS X Tiger

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Overview

The ads make it all look so easy, so simple and oh so utterly uncomplicated, don't they? Buy a Mac, live happily ever after. While we'll agree that right-out-of-the-box, Macs are more intrinsically friendly than their PC counterparts, they get difficult in a hurry, especially if you try to do anything useful with them. Setting up wireless networking, troubleshooting network problems, dealing with peripherals run amuck, futzing with security settings and living in a PC-dominated world is enough to make even grizzled Mac veterans turn a little green around the gills. Now that the honeymoon is over and you've realized that just because you have a Mac and an iPod, you most certainly aren't invincible, it's time to make that cheery little Mac of yours do what Apple and the media would lead you to believe it can do right out of the box. Leo Laporte's Guide to Mac OS X Tiger spotlights troubleshooting, problem solving, the latest Tiger features, security and using common gadgets (iPod, smartphones, PDAs) with your Mac. This book leans away from a "describe the menus" and instead focuses on tips and techniques the help you really understand Mac OS X Tiger and how to make it sing. Throughout this book, you'll find dozens of useful tips that will help you get closer to that original Mac-driven nirvana you pictured when you first carried your beloved Mac over the threshold.

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Anything Leo Laporte’s involved with is likely to work better as a result -- and be more fun to use. The Mac is no exception. Together with longtime Mac maven Todd Stauffer, Laporte’s just written a great guide to getting the most out of Mac OS X Tiger.

TechTV star Laporte and Stauffer cover all the bases: how OS X works, and what’s new in Tiger; tracking down files with the Finder and Apple’s new Spotlight tool; using the Dock, Dashboard, and Expose; setting up user accounts, and so forth. But that’s not all. You’ll find practical coverage of wireless networking (including troubleshooting); using peripherals ranging from iPods to smartphones (likewise including troubleshooting); security; coexisting with Windows folk; and a whole lot more. Bill Camarda, from the September 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789733931
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/12/2005
  • Series: Laporte Press Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Laporte is a weekend radio host on Los Angeles radio KFI AM 640 and co-hosts Call for Help on Canada's TechTV network. He also appears regularly on other programs including ABC's World News Now and Live with Regis and Kelly as "The Gadget Guy." He is the author of four recent bestsellers: Leo Laporte's 2005 Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte's Mac Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo, and Leo Laporte's 2005 Technology Almanac. Todd Stauffer is the author or co-author of over three dozen computing and technical books, a contributor to various technical magazines, a humor columnist and a travel/automotive reviewer.

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Introduction

If you had to sum up the world of a Macintosh user in a single word, I'd probably go with "interesting." After all, the "mothership," as devout Mac fans call Apple, Inc., is run by none other than Steve Jobs, easily the most "interesting" executive in technology today, if not in all of corporate America. But there are other things that make working with the Macintosh interesting, such as the strong emphasis on the design of the machines, the power of the creative applications that Apple writes and (in many cases) gives away to its users, and, of course, the people like us who gravitate to the machines and use them for work and play—we may be the most interesting part of the whole darned thing.

Most central to making the Mac experience interesting, however, is undoubtedly the Macintosh operating system, which is what gives every Mac its interface, the core technology that makes up its toolset, and to a large extent its personality. Applications rely on the Mac OS for everything from the way you open and close documents, to how you manage the documents you create, to how movies and audio are played back within applications.

Mac OS X, now in its fifth significant version release, is the culmination of years of computer science and is designed to make using a Macintosh extremely interesting. In the version we discuss in this book, Mac OS X 10.4, Apple has released an extremely mature operating system, based on some of the latest computer science and technology know-how, but packaged in a user interface that looks pretty clean and futuristic even by Hollywood standards.

I guess another thing that makes us Mac users interesting is how much we can come to love the Macintosh and, by extension, the Mac OS. In many ways, this operating system can simply "get out of your way" and enable you to get some wonderful work done, as it works with the applications you run (word processing, Internet applications, video editing, professional tools) to seamlessly provide the experience you'll grow used to if you don't know it intimately. At the same time, the OS itself is a standout, with tools such as Automator to help you automate the tasks that you perform frequently, and the integration of Internet and networking tools to make your home or office a little more "connected" with relatively little configuration and effort.

If you're new to the Mac, new to Mac OS X, or simply new to this latest version, Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger," I'm here to tell you, right now that you're in for an interesting—and hopefully extremely rewarding—experience.

Who Should Use This Book

Most of us aren't completely new to the world of computing, so I think it's time that books move from addressing the utter "newbie" and focus a little more on the rest of us—people who probably work a lot with computers and either live with them, too, or are close to buying a new machine. So I hope you'll find that the assumptions I make in the book are the right ones—you've got a passing familiarity with a mouse and have at least talked about word processing at parties (now there's an exciting party), even if you're not a devout fan yourself.

A lot of today's Mac users are people who have had Windows-based PCs in the past and are making a switch because they like Apple's other products, such as the iPod. I've tried to be sensitive to that throughout—if you're a "switcher" from Windows or if you have used a Mac in the past but aren't totally up on all the Mac OS X lingo, then you'll find a home with this book.

Most of all, I'd like to see you get through this book and feel like you've become an accomplished Mac user. So, throughout the book we're going to focus less on the type of instruction that takes you "menu by menu" through a topic and land more firmly on an accomplishment-based system—I'll show you how to use the contact management and scheduling tools, how to build a home network, how to use Mail and Safari for accessing the Internet, and so on. Call it a "success driven" model, unless that sounds too corny.

I also think that part of learning to use a Mac means learning a little about troubleshooting, so we'll spend some time on that, as well as on maintenance tasks and the utilities that make that maintenance a little easier.

So, if you're ready for a book that moves quickly from how things work to how you get them to work for you, I think you'll enjoy this one.

How This Book Is Organized

This book, too, is designed to be interesting—how could it not be? Here's a closer look:

  • Part I. This part starts off with a chapter that takes a quick look at what makes Mac OS X version 10.4 different from Microsoft Windows and previous Mac versions. That includes a quick look at a number of the signature features of the OS—I'm assuming you've upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4, but if you haven't, you'll want to after this chapter. Chapter 2 takes a nuts-and-bolts look at managing your files in the Finder, including deep discussion of the way files are organized and how you can manage them using the special Finder window. Chapter 3 focuses on working with applications—that's the point, after all—including launching them and managing them in the Dock.
  • Part II. Chapter 4 is one of those showcase chapters for a book like this (flip to it and show it to a friend in the bookstore if you're trying to sell this book to them). There I'll cover a ton of different and unique Mac OS X features, such as Exposé, Dashboard, System Preferences, and SpotLight, which is Mac OS X 10.4's brand new system for searching your entire Mac quickly for all sorts of documents and files. Chapter 5 takes a look at how you get various types of hardware configured to work with your Mac. Chapter 6 goes in-depth with Address Books, iCal, and your Mac's capability to synchronize such data with multiple computers. Chapter 7 is somewhat related, as we look at the iPod, iTunes, and iSync, which can be used with external devices to synchronize some of that same data to your handheld digital assistant or your smart phone.
  • Part III. Chapter 8 is dedicated to disproving any notion you may have had that getting a high-speed connection to the Internet would require an advanced degree in physics—not with a Mac. I'll even toss in wireless coverage for the same price; it's easy. Chapter 9 delves into two deceptively powerful applications—Mail and iChat—which not only enable you to communicate with others, but to truly get a handle on that communication, from seemingly magic organizational techniques in Mail to ad-hoc audio (and video!) conferences and file sharing with iChat. Chapter 10 covers the ins and outs of Apple's Safari web browser, as well as introducing Sherlock, which is a specialized browser that offers certain "channels" of content in one simple window. Chapter 11 is a biggie—connecting, configuring, and working with a local area network in your office or home, complete with a discussion of getting Internet access to all those networked (wired or wireless) Macs—and PCs, if you've got 'em.
  • Part IV. Chapter 12 takes a look at a number of the utility applications that are bundled with the Mac OS and how they can help smooth out your experience with the Mac; Chapter 13 takes a topical approach to some of the most common problems and issues you'll have with your Mac and how to correct them (sometimes referring you back to those utilities covered in Chapter 12). Chapter 14 ends things nicely with a discussion that's on the radar screen of a lot of today's PC and Mac users—security. The Mac has some exceptional security features that keep your data safe and your privacy intact while you're on the Internet, as well as security features that keep your data buttoned up with passwords and encryption so that if your Mac ever falls into "the wrong hands" (sorry if I sound like a Hollywood theatrical movie trailer here), you can be pretty secure in the notion that your private stuff is still private.
How to Read This Book

This book is arranged largely as a tutorial, with some of the material in later chapters building on earlier chapters. That said, most of the "building" is simply understanding some of the basic interface elements—and we've cross-referenced extensively, so I feel pretty confident that you can dive into a topic that interests you and get a good sense of what's going on from the outset. In particular, you can use Chapters 12 and 13 when you need them—I'd recommend at least skimming Chapter 14 pretty quickly, though, to get a sense of the security measures you want to take at the outset.

Otherwise, feel free to jump into the discussion of the iPod once you get yourself an iPod, or you can just skim the stuff about iCal if you use a different calendar or personal information management application.

In each chapter, you'll find a few common elements to help you navigate the chapter and to help me communicate what I'm trying to get across. Such elements include

Note - Notes are items that add to the current discussion but don't really fit in the steps or bullets that are being discussed in the main text. Most of the time you'll want to read these as you're reading the rest of the text and just notice that I'm offering a little advice or a caveat.

Tip - Tips are generally items that take what we're discussing to a different level, or show you how you can integrate the current topic with others we've discussed. Mostly they're just items I happen to be proud of and want to share with you—hopefully you'll find them mind-expanding at best and mildly amusing at worst.

Caution - We won't have too many of these, but a caution is a note that tells you something important about how you could either lose data, hurt your Mac, or conceivably hurt yourself. Take careful note of these when they pop up.

Sidebars Offer Tangents or Third-Party Solutions - If I put something in a sidebar, it's something that I hope you'll find interesting but that you can probably get away with not reading, unless you find the topic either interesting or important for your own personal situation. Sometimes I like to show off, too, dontcha know. I'll try to confine that to sidebars.

Get More Info

I hope you enjoy the book, and, as you'll find in the opening material, you can contact Que directly if you have questions or comments. If you'd like to keep up with what I'm doing or reach me via the Web, visit me at http://www.leoville.com. Todd also has a website where you can discuss things with him at http://www.macblog.com.

Thanks for reading and here's to making life a little more interesting with your Mac!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Who Should Use This Book 2
How This Book Is Organized 3
How to Read This Book 4
Get More Info 5
1 What Makes Mac OS X Unique? 9
History of Mac OS X 9
What's Different About Mac OS X? 11
The Mac OS X Metaphor 15
The Mac's Approach to Pointing and Clicking 16
Windows in Mac OS X 17
Dialogs and Alert Boxes 20
Special Selectors and Controllers 23
Inside Mac Menus 25
Exploring Toolbars 28
Setting Preferences 29
The Apple Menu and Basic Mac Commands 34
Info, Updates, and Downloads 35
Recent Items and Force Quit 36
Sleep, Shut Down, and Log Out 37
2 The Finder and Your Files 41
The Finder and the Home Folder Concept 42
Introducing the Finder Window 44
The Sidebar 45
Browsing Your Files 47
Icon and List Views 49
Selecting, Copying, and Moving Items 53
Creating and Managing Folders 56
Labeling Folders and Files 57
Learn More About Items and Understand Permissions 58
Disks and Discs 61
Trashy Issues 65
The True Finder: Spotlight 66
Using Spotlight 67
The Spotlight Window 68
Other Search Tools 69
3 Applications and the Dock 73
The Applications Folder 73
Launching an Application 75
Opening, Saving, and Closing Documents 77
Launching Documents 77
Saving Documents 78
Closing Documents 80
The Dock 80
Placing Apps on the Dock 82
Launching and Switching Between Applications 83
Docs and Folders and Windows on the Dock 85
Icon Menu on the Dock 86
Dock Preferences 87
Getting Help 89
4 Conquering the Mac OS X Interface 95
Cut, Copy, and Paste 95
The Skinny on Cut, Copy, and Paste 96
Put Cut, Copy, and Paste into Action 96
Taking Drag and Drop Seriously 97
Hidden Powers of the Keyboard 99
Keyboard Shortcuts 99
Move by Keystroke 101
Switching Applications 101
Using Expose and Dashboard 102
Using Expose 103
Using Dashboard 106
Automator: Making Magic Happen 108
The System Preferences Basics 110
Meet System Preferences 110
Exploring the Panes 113
User Accounts and Fast User Switching 116
Creating User Accounts 117
Login Options and Fast User Switching 121
5 Work Those Peripherals 125
Hardware Ports and Support 125
Checking Out System Profiler 129
Printing and Faxing 130
Set Up Your Printer 131
Page Setup and Printing 134
Manage Print Jobs 137
Faxing Documents 138
Print (and Fax) Sharing 140
Customizing Your Display 141
Getting Pictures Off Your Digital Camera 143
Using FireWire Devices 146
Working with DV Camcorders 146
Storing Files on External Hard Disks 147
Creating CDs and DVDs 148
6 Manage Your Contacts and Schedule 151
Work with Address Book 152
Create Contacts 153
Viewing and Sorting Cards 156
Deleting a Contact 156
Do Stuff with Your Contacts 156
Creating Groups 158
Printing Your Contacts and Groups 160
Import, Export, and vCard 161
Share Contacts 163
Explore iCal 164
Add Events 165
Edit and Delete Events 168
Create To Dos 168
Working with Multiple Calendars 170
Publish Your Calendar 171
Subscribe to Calendars 173
Sync Address Book and iCal 174
7 iPods, iTunes, and iSync 177
The iPod and iTunes Music 177
Get Songs into iTunes 178
Managing Songs in iTunes 184
iTunes and Your iPod 188
The iPod As a Hard Drive 189
What's iSync All About? 191
Syncing Your Devices 191
Sync Your iPod 193
Working with Bluetooth Stuff 193
8 Get on the Internet 199
How Internet Connections Work 200
Configure for Dial-Up 203
Configure a DSL Connection 210
Configure a Cable Modem and Other Connections 213
Connecting via AirPort 215
Troubleshooting Connections 216
Internet Connections at Multiple Locations 217
Multihoming 217
Locations 218
The .Mac Question 219
Accessing Your iDisk 220
9 Mail and Chat Basics 223
Introducing Mail 223
Set Up an Account 224
Reading Messages in Mail 227
Replying To and Forwarding Messages 229
New Messages and Sending Attachments 231
Add Your Signature 235
Mail and the Address Book 237
Dealing with Junk Mail 237
Managing Your Accounts and Mailboxes 239
Using Rules 242
Using iChat AV 243
Setting Up iChat 244
Chatting by Typing 246
Sending and Receiving Files 249
iChat's AV Features 250
Create a Group Chat 252
10 Browsing the Web: Safari and Sherlock 253
Introducing Safari 254
Browser Basics 254
Google Searches 257
Reliving History 259
Managing Bookmarks 261
Reading RSS "Newsfeeds" in Safari 265
Using Tabs 268
Digging into Safari's Preferences 269
QuickTime and Streaming Multimedia 272
Explore Sherlock 275
11 Build a Home or Office Network 277
How Networks Work 277
Connecting Your Macs 280
Connecting via Ethernet 281
Set Up AirPort Connections 283
Configuring the Protocols 286
Set Up TCP/IP 286
Turn on AppleTalk 289
Turn On Services and Share Files 291
Turn On Personal File Sharing 291
Accessing Networked Macs 292
User Accounts and File Sharing 295
Share Your Printer 296
Enabling Other Sharing Services 296
Windows Sharing 297
Personal Web Sharing 298
Other Services 299
Internet Access for Your Network 301
Set Up Router Hardware 302
Set Up the Software 303
iChat AV and Bonjour 306
12 Swiss Army Apps: Mac OS X's Utilities 311
Using System Profiler 311
Digging into Disk Utility 316
First Aid 317
Erase 318
Partition 321
RAID 323
Restore 324
Creating Disk Images 326
Manage Performance with Activity Monitor 330
Managing Processes 330
Checking Activity 332
It's Terminal, But It Won't Kill You 334
13 Common Problems and Solutions 337
Application Crashing and Freezes 337
Hangs, Freezes, and Force Quit 340
Dealing with Errors and Corruption 342
Kernel Panics 345
Resetting Passwords 346
Using Software Update 347
Viruses and Virus Protection 348
14 Securing Your Mac 351
Using Your User Passwords 351
Set Your Password 352
Use Your Password 354
Storing Items Securely on the Keychain 354
Using Keychain Access 355
Keychain Settings and Passwords 357
Add a Password Item 359
Add a Secure Note 360
Securing Your Files 361
Encrypting Some of Your Files 361
Encrypting All of Your Documents 363
Securely Toss the Trash 365
Set Your Open Firmware Password 366
Exploring Internet Security 368
Secure Your Mac from Access 368
Secure and Private Browsing 372
Parental Controls 374
Index 377
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