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.
March 11, 2007