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Macs For Dummies®, Pocket Edition by Edward C. Baig

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Introduction

What an amazing time to get to know the Mac. For years these elegantly designed computers have been a model of simplicity and virus-free stability. But that’s never stopped Apple from making these machines even harder to resist by applying stunning changes.

Consider Apple’s seismic embrace of Intel a few years ago. It means you, Mr. or Ms. Computer Buyer, can have your cake and eat it too. (I love a good cliché when I need it.) You can benefit from what remains the best marriage in personal computing (the blessed union between Mac hardware and Mac software), but you no longer have to ditch the Microsoft Windows–based software you currently use out of habit, due to business obligations, or because you don’t know any better.

About This Book

A word about the For Dummies franchise I’m proud to be a part of: These books are built around the idea that all of us feel like dopes whenever we tackle something new, especially when the subject at hand (technology) reeks of a jargon-y stench.

I happen to know you don’t have a dummy bone in your body, and the publishers at Wiley know it too. Au contraire. (How dumb can you be if you speak French?) If anything, you’ve already demonstrated smarts by purchasing this book. You’re ready to plunge into the best computing environment I know of.

I’m a relative latecomer to the Mac. I grew up on MS-DOS computing and then migrated like most of the rest of the world to Windows. I still use Windows machines every day. But I’ve long since ...

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