You can work more effectively in Apple Mail with expert advice from Joe Kissell. You'll learn how to make Mail serve your needs with essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP -- or more than one -- in both 10.11 El Capitan on your Mac and iOS 9 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements and gestures, and helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments. He also offers tips on customizing Mail, including a nifty chapter on how simple plug-ins and special automation can dramatically improve the way you use Mail. Joe also covers finding that message in the haystack with El Capitan's new natural language search, improving the messages you send, how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and -- perhaps most important -- a strategy for avoiding email overload (the article where he introduced it won an American Business Media's Neal Award for Best How-To Article).
* Older OS? After you download this ebook, you can follow its Ebook Extras link to download an earlier edition (look in the Blog) about Mail in Mavericks/iOS 7 or Yosemite/iOS 8.
You'll quickly find the information that's most important to you, including:Key changes in Mail for El Capitan and iOS 9What the new natural language search features mean for emailGetting through your email faster with gesturesLetting a plug-in significantly enhance how you use MailTaking Mail to the next level with AppleScript and AutomatorThe whys and hows of sending attachmentsUsing markup features to embellish, and even sign, outgoing attachmentsDefeating spam with the Junk Mail filter -- and what to do if you need more firepowerUnderstanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and JunkUsing notifications to stay apprised of incoming messagesTurning on the much-loved classic window arrangementTaking charge of email organization with rules and other measures15 things everyone should know about Mail in iOS 9Deciding whether you should encrypt your email, along with detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting messagesFixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more
Updated Feb 2, 2016
If you've ever thought you should learn to use the Unix command line that underlies Mac OS X, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! With this 167-page ebook, you'll become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and adding more advanced topics as your knowledge increases.
Joe includes 50 real-life "recipes" for tasks that are best done from the command line, as well as directions for working with permissions, carrying out grep-based searches, creating shell scripts, and installing Unix software.
"I found answers to many questions in your book, and I enjoyed reading it. I am definitely more confident now in facing the Mac command line. Thank you for the time and art that you spent to create such a clarifying text."
--Mona Hosseini, grad student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at the University of Oxford
The book begins by teaching you these core concepts:The differences between Unix, a command line, a shell, and TerminalExactly how commands, arguments, and flags workThe basics of Terminal's interface and how to customize it
Next, it's on to the command line, where you'll learn:How to navigate your Mac's file systemBasic file management: creating, copying, moving, renaming, opening, viewing, and deleting filesCreating symbolic linksThe types of command-line programsHow to start and stop a command-line programHow to edit a text file in nanoWhat a profile is, why it's cool, and how to customize yoursThe importance of your PATH and how to change it, if you need toHow to get help (Joe goes way beyond telling you to read the man pages)
You'll extend your skills as you discover how to:Create basic shell scripts to automate repetitive tasks. Make shell scripts that have variables, user input, conditional statements, loops, and math.See which programs are running and what system resources they're consuming.Quit programs that refuse to quit normally.Enable the command line to interact with the Finder.Control another Mac via its command line with ssh.Understand and change an item's permissions, owner, and group.Run commands as the root user using sudo.Handle output with pipe (|) or redirect (>).Use grep to search for text patterns in files and filter output.Install new command-line software from scratch or with a package manager.
Questions answered include:Which shell am I using, and how can I change my default shell?How do I quickly figure out the path to an item on my Mac?How can I customize my Terminal window so I can see man pages behind it?How can I make a shortcut to avoid retyping the same long command?Is there a trick for entering a long path quickly?What should I say when someone asks if I know how to use vi?How do I change my prompt to suit my mood or needs?What is Command Line Tools for Xcode?When it comes to package managers, which one should I use?
"Very good! A pleasure to read, the right balance of coverage and clarity."
Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases over 50 real-world "recipes" that combine commands to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, using a separate FileVault password, figuring out why a disk won't eject, copying the source code of a Web page, determining which apps have open connections to the Internet, flushing the DNS cache, finding out why a Mac won't sleep, sending an SMS message, and deleting stubborn items from the Trash.
But the most important aspect of maintenance is a rock-solid backup strategy that protects all your important data in the event of catastrophe. To that end, Joe provides an at-a-glance comparison of different strategies, explains the pros and cons of each type of media, and helps you pick the best backup program for your needs. You'll find time-tested recommendations that help you set up, test, and maintain your backups, complete with instructions on how to restore after a crash. Important lessons you'll learn along the way include the utility of having both a duplicate and an archive, the necessity of testing backups, and the importance of offsite backups.
In this book you'll find the answers to questions like these:
When is my Mac likely to have trouble? How can I find out which unnecessary files are taking up space on my disk? Should I defragment my hard disk and repair permissions regularly? What is the best backup software and hardware? How can I make sure I can restore from my backups?
Because Dropbox is so simple to use for basic file syncing, it's easy to forget that you can do far more with it than just sync files between two computers. If that's all you're doing, you're missing out!
Author Joe Kissell explains why Dropbox is cool, shares best practices for using Dropbox on your own or with a group, helps you avoid common mistakes, clues you in to newer and advanced collaboration features, teaches you how to secure your Dropbox account, and describes unusual uses of Dropbox.
Readers can quickly benefit from the book: new users can start in the "Dropbox Quick Start," which directs you to beginner basics or to special information for people who just want to access a shared Dropbox document.
But, for those who already know Dropbox basics, "Check Your Dropbox Skills" routes you immediately to help with exciting new features that you may not yet have mastered -- or even been aware of(!) -- such as Dropbox Team, Dropbox Paper collaboration, file requests, and Office integration/collaboration.
Teach This Book! Because a powerful aspect of Dropbox is sharing files with others, you may want to help your colleagues and friends use it. To that end, Take Control of Dropbox includes links to a downloadable 1-page PDF handout and to a 21-slide PDF-based presentation.
Joe focuses on using Dropbox from a Macintosh or Windows PC, or Linux, but part of why this book has crept up to 151 pages in its second edition is that he has included helpful details for integrating a mobile device (primarily iOS and Android) into your Dropbox workflow.
You'll find out how to:Recover accidentally deleted or revised files.Put new photos and videos into Dropbox with Camera Upload and share them easily.Sync data from Dropbox-savvy apps on all your devices (apps like 1Password, DEVONthink, and GoodReader). Make sure you're set up optimally by checking a few account-related details. These include security settings and methods of getting more storage space.Edit shared Office documents on the Dropbox Web site -- you don't need to have Office installed locally on your computer or subscribe to Office 365.Work with the Dropbox badge if you are editing a Dropbox-shared Office file on your local computer.Open PDFs from Dropbox from within Adobe Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC -- and save any changes back to Dropbox.Set up a Dropbox team: learn how it works, and how to control who can do what and when.Create a Dropbox folder that other people can drop files into, but not see inside of.Unlink and remote-wipe Dropbox from a stolen device.
Joe also shares examples of interesting Internet services that can interact with files that you put in your Dropbox folder to publish a blog, automate Web activities, automate your Mac, sync with other cloud services, and even publish a book like this one!
Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions, plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques.
The book covers upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite all the way back to 10.4 Tiger. It also looks at upgrading from the El Capitan public beta and at "upgrades" that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC.
You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Start fast: A two-page Quick Start overview helps you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your needs.
Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in El Capitan if you are upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite, and get an idea of some of the important changes in store for you if you're upgrading from an older version of Mac OS X.
Catch-up upgrade: If you're upgrading from 10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier (especially if you're coming from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard), find out about significant changes and compatibility issues you can expect.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, and consider whether this is a good time to buy new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.
Backing up: Avoid upgrade stress by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac -- and that you can boot from your backup. Joe provides steps for carrying out this essential task in Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.
Cleaning up: Your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics as well as Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go.
Prepping your disk: For those who need it, a chapter helps you handle special cases relating to disk encryption and partitioning.
Picking a plan: Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you.
Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by completing a few important housekeeping tasks and making a few decisions.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under El Capitan that you'll discover an important incompatibility. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again.
Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (a Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running El Capitan, learn the best way to move your user account and its data to the new Mac.
Updated December 20, 2016
Wrangling your Web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords with various techniques -- including iCloud and Dropbox, as well as a hosted account (individual, family, or team).
While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones.
--Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review.
The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password.
Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.
Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a Web site. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You'll especially find help with editing logins. For example, if you change a site's password from dragon7 to eatsevendragonsforlunchatyahoo, you'll want to incorporate that into its login. Or, use 1Password's password generator to create highly secure random passwords, like dGx7Crve3WucELF#s.
Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.
Go beyond Web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up Web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, scans of important cards or documents, and more.
Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted account, Dropbox, iCloud, or a Finder folder, as well as a device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.
Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.
You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including:What's the best way to buy 1Password?Should I use my Web browser's autofill feature?What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?What can I do quickly to get better password security?How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)? How do I initiate 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?
Protect your Mac's data in the event of theft with Apple's FileVault!
If your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology ensures that your Mac’s contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you’re hesitant to entrust your data to an algorithm before you understand how FileVault works, this book will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence.
Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac (because, remember, the point of FileVault is to protect your data in the event of theft) once you’ve turned on FileVault.
Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line.
FileVault facts and features that you'll master include:
Essential tips for protecting external drives with FileVaultPros and cons of encrypting the backup of a FileVault-encrypted driveImportant steps for safeguarding encrypted drives from motivated thievesWhether your data is safe when your Mac is sleepingWhether your data is safe from other logged-in users on the same MacPros and cons of letting Apple store your recovery keyHow to avoid panicking if you forget your FileVault passwordFileVault and Disk Utility features found only on the command line
This book covers FileVault 2, which was introduced in 10.7 Lion and is far better than, and completely different from, the original version of FileVault (now called Legacy FileVault). Everything in this book works with 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks. A few minor things have changed over the years, but anyone with 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion should also find the book useful.
Need to give a presentation, but worried about how you'll do? Steve Jobs relied on Keynote for his famous keynote presentations, and while using Keynote won't guarantee Jobs-level success, Joe Kissell's advice in Take Control of Keynote will get you closer.
Drawing on years of speaking experience, Joe suggests you start by figuring out what you want to say -- and he explains exactly how to accomplish this task, even though you won't do it in Keynote. He then helps you work in Keynote with the right theme, and explains how to create slides by filling in placeholders, adding objects (images, movies, sounds, tables, and charts), and inserting and styling text. You'll also learn how to add build effects to slides and transitions between slides, as well as how to make self-playing presentations designed for kiosks, and presentations with recorded narration or a soundtrack.
Finally, Joe offers real-world advice about delivering presentations, including tips on what to bring, making presenter notes and customizing the presenter display, setting up your display, and controlling your presentation.
"As someone whose life (and income) is doing training presentations, this ebook is the most useful I have ever bought. I know Keynote well and have used it since its first release; however, Joe's ebook has both challenged me to think about the way I structure my presentations and has taught me stuff about Keynote I didn't know." -Michael Durrant, Psychologist ... mental health & corporate trainer (Sydney, Australia)
You'll learn how to use the features that go into making a great slide deck:Making master slides with carefully positioned placeholdersAdjusting the slide orderViewing more than one slide at onceUsing all the fancy layout features to position objects on a slideApplying cool visual effects to photos, such as masking and Instant AlphaSorting out builds gone wild with the Build Order paletteHiding particular slides from an audience without deleting themTaking control of text boxes and Keynote's many text styling optionsCreating a presentation that requires clicks in specific places to advanceCommenting on slides while collaborating on your presentation
Additional advice helps you prep for a successful delivery and avoid technical glitches:What to consider in advance, with respect to the screen(s) you'll be usingPracticing the mechanics of delivering from KeynoteViewing presenter notes while you speakPlaying a sound or movie from a slide during your presentationEvaluating the many options for remote control instead of a mouse or trackpadPacking your bag with the right set of cables and gadgetsSetting up once you're at the speaking venue
You'll find even more assistance with answers to questions like:Should I store my presentation on iCloud Drive?What are my options if I want to print my presentation?What's the best way to turn my slide deck into a PDF?
The bulk of the book documents Keynote for the Mac, but an appendix explains what's similar and different about Keynote for iOS and Keynote for iCloud.
"I really enjoyed Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac. It was very informative, easy to read, and not too complicated." —Brian Henson
You'll also learn how to make Windows run smoothly on your Mac, with practical advice on how to integrate Windows windows with the Finder, share files between Windows and Mac OS X, run anti-malware software, print from Windows, and back up Windows data.
The ebook comes with a coupon for $10 off on VMware Fusion 3.
You'll find answers to questions like:What are 13 things that you can do in Windows, but not on the Mac?How can I get a copy of Windows that will work on a Mac?How can I set things up so that Windows won't bog down?How should I handle partitioning for my Windows installation?How do I avoid and handle activation hassles?What's the best way to right-click in Windows?How do I make my Bluetooth devices work in Windows?What is FAT32, and why might it matter to me?What are the coolest new features in Parallels Desktop 6?Is VirtualBox 4 a serious contender in the world of virtualization?
How does Mail's Junk Mail filtering really work?How does the spam filter use my Previous Recipients list?How could a spammer's email addresses get on my Previous Recipients list?What can I do to not get so much spam in the first place?What's the deal with email that pretends to come from my bank?What features should I look for in a spam-fighting utility or service?Should I try server-based filtering?
Special topics include handling Gmail and iCloud email accounts.
Read this ebook to learn how to:Make a VIP list for email you especially want to read.Set up mailboxes for effective navigation and filing. Address, compose, and send a message.Handle incoming and outgoing attached photos and documents.Locate a specific message.Understand how Mail interacts with the Calendar and Contacts apps.Decide whether to receive messages with push or fetch.Set up and use signatures.
And, find answers to questions like:How can I effectively work with the same email on more than one device?Help! I can't send my email... what should I do?What if I have more than one "From" email address?
Passwords have become a truly maddening aspect of modern life, but with this book, you can discover how the experts handle all manner of password situations, including multi-factor authentication that can protect you even if a company's password file is stolen and hacked.
The book explains what makes a password secure and helps you create a strategy that includes using a password manager, working with oddball security questions like "what is your pet's favorite movie?", and making sure your passwords are always available when needed.
Joe helps you choose a password manager (or switch to a better one) in a chapter that discusses desirable features and describes a dozen different apps, with a focus on those that work in OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android. The book also looks at how you can audit your passwords to keep them in tip-top shape, use two-step verification and two-factor authentication, and deal with situations where a password manager can't help.
The book closes with an appendix on helping a relative set up a reasonable password strategy for those whose relatives have distressing password strategies, and an extended explanation of password entropy for those who want to consider the math behind passwords.
Teach This Book! Once you're satisfied with your password strategy, you may want to help others improve theirs with one-on-one training or a group presentation. To help you, this book includes links to a downloadable one-page PDF handout and to a PDF-based slide deck about passwords.
"Awesome. You did an amazing job breaking it down. This should be mandatory reading." -Rich Mogull, CEO at Securosis
This book helps you overcome frustrations that arise when attempting to design a strategy for dealing with the following password problems:
9-character passwords with upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and punctuation are not strong enough.
You cannot turn a so-so password into a great one by tacking a punctuation character and number on the end.
It is not safe to use the same password everywhere, even if it's a great password.
A password is not immune to automated cracking because there's a delay between login attempts.
Even if you're an ordinary person without valuable data, your account may still be hacked, causing you problems.
You cannot manually devise "random" passwords that will defeat potential attackers.
Just because a password doesn't appear in a dictionary, that does not necessarily mean that it's adequate.
It is not a smart idea to change your passwords every month.
Truthfully answering security questions like "What is your mother's maiden name?" does not keep your data more secure.
Adding a character to a 10-character password does not make it 10 percent stronger.
Easy-to-remember passwords like "correct horse battery staple" will not solve all your password problems.
All password managers are not pretty much the same.
Your passwords will not be safest if you never write them down and keep them only in your head.
"Joe handles a confusing and scary subject more clearly and calmly than I would have thought possible. I'll be recommending this book to just about everybody I know." -William Porter, database developer, author, photographer
Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, prevent problems with a bootable duplicate of your main disk, and decide on your best installation method, whether you're upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion.
You'll find smart suggestions for managing the installer, with tips for installing on multiple Macs and dealing with bandwidth limitations. Joe walks you through installing Mavericks and then gives important advice for handling your Mac when it first starts up in Mavericks, including working through a pile of post-installation alerts, signing in with the right Apple ID(s), turning on iCloud Keychain, enabling enhanced (and local) dictation, managing user accounts, and quite a bit more.
Additional important topics include troubleshooting installation problems, upgrading from an older Mac or PC to a new Mac running Mavericks, and a brief look at installing OS X Server.You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Start fast: A short Quick Start overview links to detailed content behind each topic, letting you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your specific needs.
Catch the wave: Find out what you can look forward to in Mavericks, and why this upgrade is important for Apple.
Older cat upgrades: For people who are upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard, Joe offers advice about the most effective way to carry out an upgrade.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Mavericks, and consider if this might be a good time for new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade. (Tip: if your Mac can run Mountain Lion, it can also run Mavericks.)
Prep steps: Avoid upgrade calamities by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac - and that you can boot from your backup. This crucial step can save a lot of trouble, and Joe recommends software that can make a bootable duplicate without a huge hassle. Also, your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run Apple Hardware Test (or Apple Diagnostics) and Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go. Finally, for those who need it, Joe discusses special cases relating to disk encryption (including FileVault) and partitioning.
Picking a plan: Decide on your installation method. Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. 10.5 Leopard users will find special help, and those still on 10.4 Tiger get a special sidebar.
Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on more than one Mac or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly with a few important housekeeping tasks, including managing Spotlight, Software Update, Java Runtime, enhanced dictation, user accounts, Apple IDs, iCloud Keychain, FileVault, Time Machine, iTunes changes, and more. Plus learn how to unhide the user Library folder.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under Mavericks that you'll discover an important incompatibility with an existing piece of software. Find time-tested troubleshooting advice to get your system working again. Plus learn what the Recovery HD volume can do for you.
Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running Mavericks, learn the best way to move your user account to the new Mac.
Installing OS X Server: Find a brief introduction to OS X Server, plus basic steps for downloading and installing it.
Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find fullinstallation directions plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques.
The book covers upgrading from 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 MountainLion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, and even 10.4 Tiger. It also looks at upgrading from the Yosemite public beta and at "upgrades" that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC.
You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:
Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in Yosemite, and why this upgrade is important for Apple.
Catch-up upgrade: If you're upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard, you'll want to know about a few special compatibility issues and decide on the most effective way to upgrade.
Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite (and for the new Continuity features that work with iOS 8), and consider if this might be a good time for new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.
Backing up: Avoid upgrade calamities by ensuring you can return your Mac to its previous state, and that you can boot your Mac from a backup. This crucial step can save a lot of trouble, and Joe recommends software that can make a bootable duplicate with minimal hassle.
Cleaning up: Your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics as well as Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go.
Prepping your disk: For those who need it, this chapter covers special cases relating to disk encryption and partitioning.
Picking a plan: Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. Yosemite beta testers will find a special sidebar, 10.5 Leopard users will find special help, and those still on 10.4 Tiger will learn about the extra steps they'll have to go through.
Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people whowant to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full instructions on what to click and when.
Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by answering questions posed by Yosemite, specifying your Apple ID in all the right places (and perhaps setting up Family Sharing), checking your Handoff status, and handling translucency. You'll also find advice on Spotlight, Java Runtime, iBooks, enhanced dictation, and more. Plus, learn how to unhide the user Library folder.
Troubleshooting: Yikes! It's possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under Yosemite that you'll discover an incompatibility with an essential piece of software. Find time-tested troubleshooting advice to get your system working again.
Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running Yosemite, learn the best way to move your useraccount to the new Mac.
In the ebook, backup expert Joe Kissell helps you devise an effective backup strategy for CrashPlan's unique capabilities, shows you how to back up to multiple destinations and restore files from all of them, explains less-common tasks (such as switching to a new computer and seeding a hard drive locally before moving it to a friend's house for offsite backup), and walks you through fine-tuning CrashPlan's many settings to meet your needs. All three consumer and small-business versions of CrashPlan - the free CrashPlan and the subscription-focused CrashPlan+ and CrashPlan PRO - are discussed, with relevant differences called out. (The book does not cover CrashPlan PROe, the enterprise version.)
For small businesses subscribing to the CrashPlan PRO service, Joe documents how to manage users and computers via the service's Web-based interface, and for anyone backing up to CrashPlan Central or CrashPlan PRO Cloud, he describes how to use the CrashPlan Mobile app (for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7) to access backed-up files. Lastly, Joe provides troubleshooting tips in case things go wrong, and offers advice for backup needs outside CrashPlan's purview (like bootable duplicates).
Questions answered in the book include:Can I get by with just the free CrashPlan or do I need CrashPlan+?How does CrashPlan protect my data in transit and at the destination?Does CrashPlan maintain multiple versions of files? Can I control how many?How does CrashPlan work to reduce bandwidth use and storage space?Can I back up to a local hard disk, to a friend, and to CrashPlan Central?How do I back up different sets of files to different destinations?How can I speed up my first Internet-based backup?How can I tell what CrashPlan is doing, and what do all its messages mean?What's involved with restoring files, even older versions of files?What do I do if I need to restore all my files over a slow Internet connection?How can I avoid backup confusion when I switch to a new computer?How do I seed a backup for offsite or CrashPlan Central use?How can I pause or stop CrashPlan's background processing?In what ways can I tweak CrashPlan's settings for optimal performance?How can CrashPlan notify me if backups aren't working for some reason?What can I do with my backed-up files via the free CrashPlan Mobile app?
"Thanks for a great guide! I used it to successfully cook my first complete Thanksgiving, almost single-handed. While I can follow recipes, I am nowhere close to 'a cook'—your guide gave me the confidence to take on this meal!" —Ed Ruder
Appendixes cover special cases from allergies to vegans, drawings guide you as you work with the turkey, and a special included "Print Me" file provides shopping lists and schedules, as well as versions of the recipes that you can tape up in the kitchen. Although these recipes scale easily for a few more people, they are meant for 8-12 people. The recipes use U.S. and metric units.
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:What type of turkey should I buy?Is there a fast way to make cranberry relish? What's the secret behind making perfect gravy?How do you deal with a raw turkey, and which end is the neck?
"I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for longer than I care to admit, and I never would have thought I'd pick up so many good tips! Great book!" —Trish Huffman
Whether your upgrade is fairly straightforward or utterly complicated, Joe explains what to do before you start upgrading to Lion, how to upgrade effectively, what to do if your upgrade has a problem, and how to get a smart start once the upgrade is completed. New Lion features that you'll learn about include FileVault 2 encryption (Joe recommends this for most laptop users) and Recovery mode. The ebook also covers the basics of installing Lion Server.
Benefit from Joe's experience in writing about how to install Mac OS X since 2003, and let him help you install Lion.
You'll get specific advice for how to:Prepare for a Problem-free Upgrade
Part with Rosetta: Understand and manage the fact that PowerPC-based software will not run under Lion, given the lack of the Rosetta emulator that was used in recent versions of Mac OS X.
Handle your hardware: Check your hardware for Lion compatibility. Also, in order to fully enjoy Lion, it might be time for more RAM, disk space, or other peripherals, particularly a Magic Trackpad.
Deal with duplication: Learn what a disk duplicate is, why having one is essential before installing Lion, and how to make one easily and affordably. Also, get help with backing up a Windows volume, should you be running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp.
Verify that all systems are go: Test to be sure your memory and disks are running properly—better to discover and correct a problem now during your upgrade—and find advice on clearing extra files and software off your disk so that you get a fresh start with Lion (and more disk space for it!).
Consider a few geeky details: If you secure your data and documents with some form of disk encryption now, or would like to under Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn how Lion's much-improved FileVault 2 will operate, plus consider the pros and cons of running FileVault 2. Also, read about what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing.
Make a plan: Learn how to install Lion if you're installing over 10.6 Snow Leopard, and consider the pros and cons of several techniques for how to install onto a Mac running either 10.5 Leopard or 10.5 Tiger. Also, if you have more than one Mac in your home, get ideas for downloading the Lion installer only once, but using it legitimately on your different Macs. And, if a nearly 4 GB download is unrealistic, get guidance for how to best obtain Lion.
If your "upgrade" involves moving to a new Mac from an old Mac (or a Windows PC), learn how to best install Lion (if needed) and transfer your old stuff. A tip: ideally, do not even turn on a new Mac that has Lion installed until you've read this ebook!Install Lion!
Install with confidence: Buying, downloading, and running the Lion installer isn't all that difficult, but it is an an entirely new (and rather slow) way of installing an operating system upgrade, so Joe explains what to expect.
Solve problems If your Mac won't restart after the installation, this ebook explains exactly what to do (knock on wood!).Start Smart with Key Post-installation Tasks
Avoid slowdowns: Put off a few tasks (running Spotlight, turning on Time Machine) that will slow you down during your first few hours in Lion.
Get set and go: Joe reminds you to run Software Update, helps you set up an extra user account while noting a few account-related changes in Lion, discusses the pros and cons of the new FileVault 2 and gives directions for enabling it, explains the Incompatible Software Folder, explains need-to-know-now Time Machine basics (including encryption of Time Machine backups), helps you understand what's going on with Apple Mail plug-ins, and more.
Go beyond...Learn why the $49.99 Lion Server is interesting for Lion users, and how to complete a basic installation.Reconnoiter with Recovery Mode:
A final chapter explains the new-in-Lion Recovery HD volume, and even tells you what to type in Terminal so you can check it out. It also explains how to boot in Recovery mode, in case your Mac won't boot and you don't have a convenient way to boot it otherwise.
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Beyond keeping track of what's new in the latest operating system is the larger problem facing most of us—how to work effectively in today's ecosystem of devices, servers, and collaborators. Frankly, sharing with other people and devices is messy, because everyone wants something different. That's why this may be our most important book, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for taking on the challenge of describing how to share nearly everything you can think of in nearly every imaginable situation.
Here are just a few of the gems in this book:How iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are entirely differentHow to share photos fleetingly, privately, permanently, or with your fridgeThe best ways to sync a project's worth of files with othersServices to provide ubiquitous access to your own files across devicesQuick ways to make a file available for download by anyoneHow to share calendars with others, whether or not they use iCloudA tutorial on enabling Family SharingTweaky workarounds for contact sharing, which is surprisingly difficultHow to rip a DVD to your MacBook Air using an older Mac's SuperDriveHow to turn your iPhone or Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspotWays of watching your uncle work remotely, as you help him with iTunesApproaches to syncing Web browser bookmarks and tabs with multiple devicesHow to securely share a collection of passwords with someone else
The list of essential but often frustrating tasks goes on and on, and the solutions go way beyond what Apple offers, so the book does too.
Non-Apple products mentioned include 1Password, AirFoil, Air Login, BitTorrent Sync, CargoLifter, CloudyTabs, Dropbox, Exchange, Facebook, Firefox, Flickr, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Docs, handyPrint, Instagram, LastPass, Outlook, Pandora, PhotoCard, PowerPhotos, Printopia, Reflector, ScreenFlow, Spotify, SyncMate, Transporter, Twitter, Xmarks, and more.
And, thanks to the Take Control Crash Course format, you can jump right to the chapter that answers your question, without having to read through lots of other information -- as part of our Crash Course series, this book provides the first-rate content you expect from us in short chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers give tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who need the info. Crash Courses have a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket versions.
This book will teach you to:
Comprehend account options: You'll understand the difference between POP and IMAP, plus learn about special aspects of MobileMe, Exchange, and Gmail accounts. In the case of Exchange and especially Gmail, you'll also learn how to integrate them into your overall Mail setup. Joe also covers Mail's integration with MobileMe syncing.
Read: Okay, we expect you know how to read, but you'll learn efficient ways to quickly open, read, process, and file your messages. You'll also get tips on handling incoming attachments, avoiding spam, and using Mail's built-in RSS feed reader.
Write and send: You'll learn different methods for quickly addressing your email, how to take control of the From, To, Cc, and Bcc lines, and how to create multiple signatures. You'll also find out about how to address a single message to a group of recipients, and how to know if you should use digital signatures or encryption, plus what to do if you want to send a message with a digital signature or encryption.
Find your stuff: You'll get advice on how to organize Mail's sidebar and your various mailboxes so you can easily locate messages using a variety of techniques. Joe covers simple features-such as making a new mailbox or rearranging your mailboxes-as well as advanced techniques-such as creating rules and smart mailboxes.
Use Notes and To Dos: Mail has a Notes feature for leaving yourself reminders and a To-Do feature that integrates with iCal. Learn the strengths and limitations of these options and make them work for you.
Unravel Mail mysteries: Understand the sometimes-present Outbox, sort out the Dock unread count, learn why smart addresses can be stupid, avoid "unsafe" addresses, manage the Previous Recipients list, wrangle attachments, find your notes, and determine why certain mailboxes appear in particular categories on Mail's sidebar.
Avoid and fix problems: Get advice on how to back up your email, and find out how to restore it from a backup. The ebook has 11 pages of hard-won troubleshooting advice.
Are you using Apple Mail in Leopard effectively? In this book, completely updated from its previous Panther and Tiger editions, author Joe Kissell provides comprehensive guidance, with a focus on new and updated features.
You'll learn how to use and customize the Mail window, control the size and styling of incoming messages, and make rules to move messages into different mailboxes automatically. The book covers outgoing mail, showing you smart ways to address messages, send attachments, and send HTML-based messages. But, that's not all! You'll also find advice about setting up accounts, solving account connection problems and other bug-a-boos, handling spam, managing attachments, making backups, searching, signatures, notes and to-do items, Data Detectors, and more.You'll find answers to questions such as:What are the most important changes in Leopard Mail?How can I read my email on more than one computer?How do I set up my Gmail account to work with Mail?What should I do if my email won't come in? What if it won't send?How do I use Mail as an RSS reader?How can I make the text of an incoming message larger?Is there a way to force Mail to display only plain text?How can I automatically sort my messages into different mailboxes?How do I read, save, and delete incoming attachments?I made a note, but where did it go?Are there third-party tools that extend Mail's capabilities?
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After introducing you to a few basic concepts, the ebook offers advice for mixing Fusion and Boot Camp, and notes the hardware and software you'll need. Then you'll find steps for installing Windows for use in Fusion in these scenarios:When installing a new copy of Windows XP or Windows VistaFrom an already-installed copy of Windows under Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 1.x, Parallels Desktop, Virtual PC, or an actual PCFrom a slipstream disc that contains Windows plus service packs, updates, drivers, and settingsOn the MacBook Air, which lacks an internal optical drive With Mac OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating systemFor running a virtual appliance that encapsulates both an operating system and a ready-to-run application
Next, you'll learn how to work with Windows in a Fusion virtual machine, with key details like how to remap mouse buttons, simulate missing keys, set keyboard shortcuts, switch display modes, and work with external devices. Other topics covered include:Pros and cons of different ways of using Boot Camp and FusionConfiguring Fusion's Settings window to get the most out of the softwareReal-world advice for smart ways to make Windows and Mac environments simultaneously available on the same computerOptions for sharing files between your Windows and Mac environmentsKeeping your copy of Windows secure, backed up, and updatedThe basics of working with Fusion from the command line for advanced users
Thanks to the tech reviewers at VMware who gave readily of their time, helping us to create a richly detailed and useful ebook.
Special questions you'll find answers to include these:How do I keep my Windows installation in its own screen in Spaces?What's the best way to configure the Processors setting to give Windows multiple processors without hobbling my Mac?Where do I find drivers for proprietary Apple hardware like the iSight, Apple Remote, and Bluetooth transceiver?Which Boot Camp driver should I disable?What are my options for right-clicking in Windows?What should I do if Windows refuses to shut down or restart?Help! My mouse pointer keeps disappearing when I'm running Windows in Fusion. What should I do?How do I press the all-important Control-Alt-Delete key combo in Fusion?How do I make the Windows Desktop disappear so my Windows apps appear to run like Mac apps?How do I tell Windows which Web browser to open Web URLs in?What's a virtual appliance and how would I use one in Fusion?What are common parameters for vmrun, the command-line utility that controls Fusion?
Little is more exciting and unnerving than a major operating system upgrade for your Mac, but thousands of people have upgraded to Panther and Tiger calmly and successfully with the advice in Joe Kissell's previous hit Take Control of Upgrading... titles. Joe's expert guidance, developed over innumerable test installations, walks you through the six steps necessary before upgrading, which of Leopard's three installation options is right for you, how to perform the actual upgrade, and post-installation checking and cleanup.
Worried that something might go wrong? Joe provides in-depth discussions of what exactly each installation option does (and does not do), how to restore missing files, practical troubleshooting tips for the most common problems, and even step-by-step instructions to downgrade to your previous system if necessary. You'll also find tips on a few things that may surprise you, including special notes on Spotlight, Apple Mail, Keychain, and Time Machine. Bonus Section! Direct links to software update sites for FireWire hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, video cards, audio equipment, common utilities, and more.
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:Will my Mac and peripherals work with Leopard?Which upgrade method should I use?Should I partition my hard disk before upgrading?Which files aren't copied by Archive and Install?What if I can't print after upgrading?Do I need new versions of my utilities for Leopard?What should I do if my Mac refuses to boot under Leopard?What should I do if Time Machine wants me to let it start backing up?