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Always Show Recipient In iChat

In iChat under Snow Leopard, choosing View > Always Show Recipient Bar puts a buddy's status message and color at the top of any iChat window. It can also be used to select among multiple open iChat logins you have to send a message to that buddy, or to select among multiple accounts you have registered in Address Book for that buddy.

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Take Control News: Updated Help for Switching to the Mac

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Author Scott Knaster and editor Caroline Rose, who have collectively written and edited for Apple, NeXT, Microsoft, and Google, have been hard at work on a major update to "Take Control of Switching to a Mac," and the fruits of their labors are now available for us all to enjoy.

What's to enjoy about switching if you already use a Mac? If you've switched only recently, you may still be having withdrawal symptoms that Scott and Caroline can assuage. Or, if you're anything like us, you periodically hear from far-flung friends and relatives who are considering switching and who would like to pick your brain on the best way to go about it. Instead of spending hours going over the basics, simply point them to this ebook, which is packed with advice that will take them every step of the way. Like all Take Control ebooks, it works fine on either a PC or a Mac, and it's easy to tote it around on a laptop, unlike the print tomes on the topic. The ebook covers what's cool (and what's not - we're not whitewashing anything here) about the Mac, setting up a new Mac, moving Windows files to the Mac, learning Mac basics from the perspective of someone who is already knows Windows, using networks and printers, five key Mac features no one should live without, and five especially useful tips. There's also a glossary of Macintosh terms that should help any switcher feel more comfortable with unfamiliar jargon.

"Take Control of Switching to the Mac" 1.5 now covers switching from Windows XP or Vista to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard. The differences in the various operating systems were sufficiently minor that Scott was able to wrap them all into one book without turning it into a cumbersome reading experience.

 

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