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View Extra Audio Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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Sync Smarter with 'Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard'

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With clear directions and a humorous touch, "Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard" explains how to sync data from a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with a variety of devices from Apple and other companies. Whether you want to sync phone numbers between your Mac and your mobile phone, share calendars and keychains between Macs, or move only new podcast episodes to a small iPod, syncing expert Michael Cohen has the answers. You'll learn what software and gear you need and the best ways to move your data between different devices. The ebook also explains how syncing works under the hood and provides troubleshooting advice in case your sync engine throws a rod.

Types of sync data covered include:

  • Calendar items stored in iCal, Entourage, and Google
  • Contacts stored in Address Book, Entourage, Yahoo, and Google
  • Data on Exchange servers
  • Dock items and Dashboard widgets
  • Apple Mail account settings, Safari bookmarks, and application preferences
  • Apple Mail and Entourage notes
  • Keychains (user names and passwords)
  • Items from software that uses Leopard's Sync Services, including NetNewsWire and Yojimbo
  • Audio, video, photos, and associated metadata from iTunes

Types of devices covered include:

  • Macs, with detailed coverage of MobileMe and overviews of popular third-party options
  • iPhone and iPod touch, via MobileMe or iTunes
  • Old and new iPods via iTunes, with details on whether and how to use a USB or FireWire connection
  • The Apple TV via iTunes
  • Mobile phones, smartphones, BlackBerries, and Palm OS PDAs

Connection technologies and software examined include:

  • Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet
  • MobileMe, iTunes, iSync, IMAP (IMAP discussion is limited to Apple Mail)
  • Third-party products from BusyMac, Mark/Space, PocketMac, and Spanning Sync

Michael Cohen's "Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard" costs $10, or you can save 20 percent by buying it with a related title.

 

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