Good computer books make assumptions about the reader: what they do and don’t know when they pick up the book, and what they want to know when they put it down. For each reader this could be very different; therefore, a book that suits one person may not be the best for another. Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual makes some assumptions too, ones that tend to differ from other Mac OS X books.
First of all, we assume that you have used a computer in that past: that you know how to use a mouse and you know the proper place to stick a DVD to get it to play in your computer. We won’t be showing you these things. (We will, however, demonstrate to our Mac converts how to “right click” on a trackpad with only one button!).
Second, we assume you know what you want to do with your computer. We won't waste your time showing you specifically, step–by–step how to order a pizza from Pizza Galaxy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Safari (though, when you’re done with this book we think you’ll be able to do this just fine... if such a place exists, anyway).
Finally, we assume that you are a reasonably intelligent person who realizes the value of such phrases as “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” and can imagine how that might apply to a computer book.
If this sounds like you, then we think you'll find this book rewarding.
Inside you will find everything you need to get up to speed with Mac OS X Leopard including:
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Mac OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual is written for the sophisticated computer user who would find an introductory manual tedious. Features new to Leopard are emphasized, as are complex features that, though available in earlier versions of OS X, were not readily accessible. The narrative is fast-paced, concise, and respectful of the reader’s familiarity with earlier versions of the program.About the Author:
Mike Lee, the world's toughest programmer, is the founder and chief executive officer of United Lemur, a philanthropic revolution disguised as a software company. Mike has had a role in creating many popular iPhone applications, including Obama '08, Tap Tap Revenge, Twinkle, and Jott. Prior to iPhone, Mike cut his teeth and won an Apple Design Award at Seattle-based Delicious Monster Software. Mike is a popular blogger and occasional pundit, and has been seen on Twitter as @bmf. Mike and his wife are originally from Honolulu, but live in Silicon Valley, where they are raising two cats. Mike's hobbies include weightlifting, single malts, and fire. Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Meyers has worked in and around the computer industry, beginning as an Apple sales specialist and consultant over 12 years ago, and he has since moved on to various other jobs including web design and development, editing books on web development, open source and Apple technology, and marketing. He is a Select ADC (Apple Developers Connection) Member and a huge fan of Mac OS X, which brings together his love of the Apple's traditionally best-of-class GUI and applications with the unrivaled power of Unix and open source technologies and applications. Scott lives outside of Indianapolis with his wife, two kids, and a cat and a dog. When not working or writing, he enjoys photography, playing guitar, and building amplifiers.
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