Beyond the Desktop

If the Macintosh consisted of just the Finder and the Desktop, it would amount to a very expensive and moderately amusing toy that would wear thin quickly. Fortunately, the Desktop and the Finder are just the start of things when it comes to using your Mac. They let you run programs, which is how you make real use of your Mac by sending e-mail, editing video, browsing the World Wide Web, writing short stories or papers, manipulating photos, and so on. The list of possibilities is nearly endless.

Commercial Software, Shareware, and Freeware—Paying for Software

There are lots of ways to differentiate the thousands of programs available for the Mac. One very useful way for those of us on a budget is according to how those programs ...

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