by Matt Cone
November 2012, 424 pp.
OS X is a lot more than just a pretty face. Sure, the basics are easy, but beneath that gorgeous surface lie countless powerful features.
If you want to go beyond the basics, Master Your Mac will take you there. With tips on everything from organizing your workspace to strengthening your computer’s security, author Matt Cone will show you how to tweak, customize, and control your Mac. And since many of the best tools for unlocking your Mac’s potential don’t come with OS X, you’ll discover the best apps to fix those everyday Apple annoyances and make your computer do things your way.
In Master Your Mac, you’ll find out how to change hidden defaults and enable undocumented features; repair disk permissions to improve performance and keep things humming along; monitor your system; and even create a bootable USB drive for emergencies. You’ll also learn how to:
Master Your Mac is packed with tips and addons to make everything you do with your Mac faster, easier, and better. Make OS X your own.
Covers OS X Mountain Lion.
About the Author
Matt Cone, a freelance writer specializing in Apple hardware and software, has been a Mac user for more than 20 years. A former ghostwriter for some of Apple’s most notable instructors, Cone founded Macinstruct.com in 1999, one of the most popular online destinations for OS X tutorials.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Back to Basics
"It's one of our favorite Mac-related books right now."
"Mr. Cone's style is simple, direct, and informative and lets readers take action simply and easily. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to make more of their Mac experience."
"This is an excellent book...I'm very happy to recommend it to MacTips readers."
"Most of the ideas in this book are both basic to OS X and useful. As a Linux user who is using an iMac a lot, I found this book especially useful."
"A great book for Mac users who want to do more with their Macs. Cone successfully translates the hands-on approach he presents on his Macinstruct website into this compendium of project-based tutorials."
"A breath of fresh air in a crowded field of OS X literature."
"I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take their Mac user skills to the next level."
"If you are looking to increase your understanding of OS X and want to learn how to better tailor your Mac to your needs, then I think that Master Your Mac would be a good choice to add to your library."
"Matt Cone's Master Your Mac is one of those informative, fun reads for those looking to gain control over their Macintosh computer and begin to better understand the power under the hood."
"Mr. Cone's writing style is clear and concise, a joy to read. Master Your Mac will be a valuable addition to your technology library."