My iMac

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This totally revised and enhanced new edition of My iMac covers all of the latest iMac hardware and software developments with unparalleled insiders' tips and techniques for making your iMac work and entertain as never before. Features all-new coverage of iMac DV, iMovie, AirPort, OS X, and much more.
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Overview

This totally revised and enhanced new edition of My iMac covers all of the latest iMac hardware and software developments with unparalleled insiders' tips and techniques for making your iMac work and entertain as never before. Features all-new coverage of iMac DV, iMovie, AirPort, OS X, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764533174
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/1999
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Gore is Editor-in-Chief of Macworld magazine and the author of three popular computer books, PowerBook, AT&T EO Personal Communicator, and Newton's Law.

Internet and financial authority Jill Baird works at Intuit, the Quicken company.

Chris Breen is a contributing editor at Macworld and an iMac expert.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xix
Part I Beginnings 1
Chapter 1 Zen and the Art of iMac Setup 3
Out-of-the-Box: Plugging in Your iMac for the First Time 3
Setting up 4
Getting comfy 7
The iMac tutorials 10
Getting Connected 11
Setting up the easy way: Connecting to EarthLink 11
Connecting to your existing ISP account 15
Opening a new ISP account 19
Love at first site: Recommended sites for new iMac surfers 21
Upgrading to Mac OS 8.5 22
Membership has its benefits 23
Installing Mac OS 8.5 27
Chapter 2 Getting Stuff from Your Old Mac to Your iMac 31
The Macs, They Are A-Changin' 31
Ports of call: Your old Mac 32
Ports of call: Your iMac 34
You Move Me: Transferring Files with Your iMac's Built-in Tools 35
Ethernet 35
Modem 43
IrDA 48
You Move Me: Transferring Files with Add-on Tools 50
Ethernet 50
USB 51
Summing Up: Which Way to Go? 53
Playing for Keeps: What to Save 54
Tips for the trade 54
Who's movin' whom? 56
Chapter 3 iMaximizing Your iMac 57
Inner Space: The iMac Within 58
Pulling it apart 59
Taking advantage of the situation 64
Putting it back together 70
Maximizing Your iMac's Performance 73
Cut down on extensions and control panels 73
Throw cache at your iMac 73
Get real: Turn off virtual memory 74
Use a RAM disk 75
Defragment your hard drive 75
Don't bog down your iMac with frivolous duties 76
Use keyboard shortcuts 76
Use shortcuts when they're available 77
Let Sherlock do the work for you 77
Learn to touch type 78
Getting the Most Out of Your Games 78
Buy external speakers 78
Buy more RAM and VRAM 79
Consider adding 3D acceleration hardware 79
Get a game controller 79
Chapter 4 Soft Side of the iMac 81
A Little History 81
The Modern Mac OS 82
Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 83
Getting the Most out of Your OS 84
Cool elements of the Mac OS 85
Tips & tricks for Mac OS 8.5 users 95
What in Tarnation Is That? Inside the System Folder 103
Finder 103
System 103
Important folders inside the System folder 103
Contextual menu items 105
Control panels 105
Extensions 105
Fonts 105
Help 105
Internet search sites 105
Launcher items 105
Preferences 106
Startup items/shutdown items 106
Chapter 5 Making AppleWorks Work for You 107
The Core of AppleWorks: What Is It? 108
The elements of AppleWorks 109
Using AppleWorks 110
Word processor 111
Draw program 119
Paint program 125
Spreadsheet 126
Database 129
Communications 131
Putting It All Together 132
The cheerful holiday letter 133
Part II "i" Is for Internet 139
Chapter 6 A Landlubber's Guide to the Internet 141
The Active Browser 143
What's an ISP? 143
There's something about Earl 144
What's a Web browser? 147
Getting to know Internet Explorer 4.5 148
What's a frame? 158
What's a plug-in? 160
Which browser is best for me? 161
The Accidental Surfer 164
It takes a virtual village 164
Who are those yahoos anyway? 165
Desperately seeking anything! 168
Elementary, my dear Watson 171
A paranoid's guide to the Web 172
Who's news 175
I can e-mail it to you wholesale! 178
Chapter 7 Exhibiting the Self: Building Your Personal Web Page 181
Web Page Basics: Before You Begin 183
Sketching thumbnails: Grab your crayons 183
Engineering the onion 184
Helping visitors navigate through your site 185
Using HTML 186
Stealing: A good way to make your Web site look good fast 188
Using graphics wisely: Every picture tells a story, doesn't it? 192
Image editing and conversion tools 192
Making your site usable 194
Rolling Up Your Sleeves 194
The easy way: Using free WYSIWYG page building tools on the Web 195
The Harder Way: Creating pages with HTML editing software 197
Count Zero: Checking your site to make sure it works 206
Going Public 206
Chapter 8 Zen and the Art of E-Mail 209
Starting Outlook Express 211
What's what in your Inbox 213
Viewing folders and the Preview pane 213
Sending and Receiving E-Mail 215
Connecting to the Internet 215
Addressing e-mail 216
Writing and editing an e-mail message 217
Sending e-mail 218
Customizing Outlook Express 218
Using the Contact list 218
Changing the way your mail is sorted 219
Using Mail Rules to add contacts to your list automatically 220
Using Mail Rules as spam repellant 222
Connecting and receiving e-mail when you start Outlook Express 223
Working with E-Mail Attachments 224
Minding attachment etiquette 225
Opening attachments 226
Saving attachments 226
Attaching files 226
Removing attachments 227
Managing Your E-Mail 227
Deleting e-mail from your Inbox 228
Personal Information Management 228
Chapter 9 Dollars and Sense 231
Managing Your Finances with Quicken and Quicken.com 233
Using Quicken to balance your budget 233
Getting started if you are completely new to Quicken 235
How much time is this gonna take? 237
Setting up your first account 240
Getting started if you've used other versions of Quicken 240
Finding out about online banking 241
Banking online with Quicken on the iMac 241
Consulting with the experts at Quicken.com 243
Downsizing Your Debt 243
Using the Debt Reduction Planner on Quicken.com 244
Shopping for the lowest interest rates 246
Getting free credit reports online 246
Finding professional debt counseling and advice 247
Planning Your Loans 248
Determining how much loan you can afford 248
Determining whether it's time to refinance your mortgage 248
Obtaining Tax Tools and Advice 250
Determining the correct withholding amount on your paycheck 251
Getting general tax advice 252
Getting Smart About Insurance 252
Getting the basics on insurance terms 253
Shopping for insurance 253
Getting the lowdown on your insurance company 254
Determining your auto insurance risk factors 254
Calculating how much insurance you need 254
Investing Online 255
Investment advice from some experts 255
The scoop on online discount brokers 256
Part III Even iMacs Get the Blues 257
Chapter 10 iMac Troubleshooting: Hardware 259
I Can't Get Started 259
My iMac won't start up! I push the Power button and nothing happens! 259
Okay, I checked the power connections and it still won't switch on. Now what? 260
I've done everything you suggested and it still won't start up. Suggestions? 260
My iMac starts, but then I see a picture of a folder that first flashes a question mark, then the Mac OS logo, then back to the question mark, and ... well, you get the idea. What's up? 260
What happened to my hard drive!? I started up from the CD-ROM, and now I can't see the icon anywhere on the desktop! 262
How do I initialize my drive? 263
Drive Setup says I can't initialize the drive. Why not? 264
Now that my drive is formatted and all my data is gone, what do I do? 264
My iMac is frozen--the cursor won't move and the keyboard does nothing. How do I restart? 265
Peripherals 265
My iMac's mouse doesn't light up the way it seems to in the ads. Why not? 265
Okay, I understand about the lack of the light in my mouse, but why won't the cursor move smoothly across the screen? 266
No matter how hard I push the mouse, the cursor won't move at all! 266
Certain keys on my keyboard work but others don't! 267
Modem 267
My modem makes a heck of a racket! How do I turn it down? 267
My modem won't, well, modem! 268
My connection is sooooo slow! 268
Why do I keep losing my connection? 268
Whoops, I need to add a 1 to my phone number! 269
I can't connect no matter what I do 270
I tried to set up a second configuration profile and now I can't use the first profile 270
Video 271
All the icons on my desktop are really tiny/huge! 271
There's an awful lot of black space around the screen. Can I adjust the monitor so I see more desktop and less border? 271
My iMac's monitor is pinched in and slightly off-kilter 272
The image on my iMac's monitor is a little wiggly 272
CD-ROM 272
The Williams-Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking CD-ROM that came with my iMac doesn't work 272
My CD-ROM drive makes an awful noise! 272
Chapter 11 iMac Troubleshooting: Software 275
Things That Go Bump in the Night (or During the Day) 276
My iMac freezes/crashes/won't work after I start it up. What's wrong? 276
Excuse me for interrupting, but even when I start my iMac with the OS 8.x Base set selected in Extensions Manager, my iMac crashes 281
I've tried starting with the Shift key held down and the iMac still crashes/freezes! 282
I've tried everything--even the third-party repair utilities--and the iMac just won't boot. What now? 284
The Backing-Up-Your-Data Lecture 284
Point 1 Backing up your data is important 284
Point 2 Your iMac's hard drive, just like each and every one of us, will eventually shuffle off this mortal coil 285
Point 3 Weigh the amount of time it takes you to back up your data versus the time it will take to re-create it 285
Point 4 You're such a miserable cheapskate that you're unwilling to pay a single nickel more to ensure that your data is secure 287
Okay, I understand the importance of backing up, I realize that my iMac's hard drive will eventually die, I've resolved to become a more proactive person, and I'm willing to spend a few bucks. How should I go about implementing a backup strategy? 287
All and Sundry Errors 289
I just installed updated software/drivers for my applications/printer/CD-ROM/scanner/joystick/whatever and now my iMac's all messed up! 290
(Insert program name here) suddenly quits without warning and I see a message about a Type 1 error. What does that mean? 290
My Web browser suddenly quits with some kind of error. Does that mean it's out of memory too? 292
My iMac's icons have turned into blank pages and/or little hands perched over a piece of paper. What's that about? 293
I've heard that computers can get viruses. What are the chances that I have one, or might get one, on my iMac? 293
Chapter 12 Resolving Your Problems 295
Internet Help 295
Web sites 296
Newsgroups/bulletin boards 300
Subscription lists 302
Apple Help 303
Fax support 303
Phone support 303
Dealer help 305
Mail order/online 306
Traditional dealer 306
User Groups 307
Appendix A Know Your iMac 311
Appendix B About the CD-ROM 323
Afterword 309
Index 331
End-User License Agreement 347
CD-ROM Installation Instructions 354
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Gotta read: HELPFUL TO THE COMPUTER IMARED

    I first checked out this book from the Gahanna library in Ohio. My iMac had close to no instructions. I founf this book a HUGE help. The only problem is it didn't explain Key Caps, I don't know what it is still. But, the iMac for Dummies, book does that. I can't wait to purchase this

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