Sebastopol, CA--With Mac OS X as a foundation, Apple's iApps and iLife technology has coalesced into a "digital hub," an interconnected set of tools that helps users store and organize photos and music, entertain the kids, stay in touch with significant others, and even assist in running a business. To take this information to a higher level, Apple created .Mac (pronounced "dot Mac"), a suite of services that allows subscribers to share information online. While .Mac hasn't received the same attention as its more glamorous i-cousins, it's endowed with the same traits: an attractive, intuitive interface and a wealth of powerful features, including web mail, an online contact management system, storage space, a fully customizable personal web site, and much more. About the only thing missing from this embarrassment of riches is a thorough guide. Inside .Mac by Chuck Toporek (O'Reilly, US $19.95) is just that, the first--and only--manual that delves deep into .Mac.
Inside .Mac is a handy, quick reference offering a clear overview of the entire .Mac package and many of its not-so-obvious features. "I hope people pay close attention to Chapter 6--'Using Backup'--and not only learn how to back up their Mac, but understand why it's important to do on a regular basis," notes Toporek. Some of the other important features the book covers include:
"Scientists say that we really only use about ten percent of our brain, and I have a feeling that theory applies to the .Mac services," concludes Torporek. "People are probably only using about ten percent of what's there, and I hope that this book shows them how to use the other ninety percent to get the most bang for their buck."
From enthusiastic new users to hardcore Mac geeks, anyone who uses .Mac will be able to get the most from their subscription service with Inside .Mac. There's no better way take control than with this invaluable reference.
ISBN: 0-596-00501-6, 384 pages, $19.95 US, $28.95 CA
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