Sebastopol, CA--Tired of fighting spyware? Frustrated by the constant barrage of ever-more-persistant viruses? For these reasons and others, both neophytes and die-hard Windows PC users are turning to the Mac in increasing numbers. Some have security concerns, others are simply beguiled by the undeniable "cool" factor of a computer that operates, looks, and feels as slick as your iPod. And with the advent of the $500 Mac mini, price is no longer an obstacle for those considering making the switch to these elegantly designed, reliable, and user-friendly computers.
While warning that a Mac isn't just a Windows machine in a spiffier box, the authors of Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition (Pogue & Goldstein, O'Reilly, US $24.95) simplify the switch and accelerate the learning curve with a guide that delivers what Apple doesn't--everything you need to know to move painlessly to the Mac.
Authors David Pogue (creator of the Missing Manual Series) and Adam Goldstein (17-year-old whiz kid founder of GoldfishSoft) admit that switching to the Mac is not "all sunshine and bunnies." The Mac is, as they say, "a different machine, running a different operating system, built by a company with a different philosophy--a fanatical perfectionistic/artistic zeal. When it comes to their missions and ideals, Apple and Microsoft have about as much in common as a melon and a shoehorn."
Pogue and Goldstein's guide to the Mac OS X "Tiger" operating system confronts the similarities and differences head-on, with straightforward explanations and more than a little humor. "Windows refugees" will quickly become comfortable with the new features and capabilities of their Macs. For those who are adding a Mac to their computer repertoire, they'll show you how to get the two computers talking over a network, sharing an Internet connection, and working with each other's files.
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition begins with a crash course in Mac essentials, including all the nifty features you see when you turn the machine on, and continues with sections on making the transition to the Mac as smooth as possible:
Tackling their subject with evident relish and good humor, Pogue and Goldstein explain the hundreds of innovative features of the Mac OS in a clear, down-to-earth and funny fashion, so you too can enjoy "Switching to the Mac."
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
David Pogue and Adam Goldstein
ISBN: 0-596006608, 520 pages, $24.95 US, $34.95 CAN
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