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Take Control News/30-Jul-07

Get the Last Word on Mac OS X Terminology — We Mac users sling technical jargon around every day, but if you’ve ever felt uncertain about what a term actually means, help is here in our latest ebook. “Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon” is a mad romp through over 500 Macintosh- and Internet-related terms. You’ll learn how to figure out if your optical drive can write to a dual-layer DVD, why 404 and 501 are interesting numbers, how to work with the three main types of dashes that you can type on a Mac, and much more. We’re not talking about some dry old dictionary here – these definitions are loaded with useful
tips, practical advice, humor, and empathy.

Written by veteran Macintosh authors Andy Baird and Sharon Zardetto, the 191-page ebook extends the familiar Take Control design with handy alphabetic navigation tabs on every page, oodles of custom graphics, and over 2,000 internal links. Want to learn more about a particular entry? Margin icons link to hand-picked external Web sites, TidBITS articles, and other Take Control titles. (Needless to say, the internal links and margin icons can’t be clicked in the print version, so if you prefer reading on paper, we encourage you to purchase the ebook first, after which you can buy the print version via the Print Book link on the cover; the price is the same either way.)

Make no mistake – this book won’t teach you how to make your Mac dance or turn you into an instant network administrator. But we’re sure you’ll have fun reading it and learning more about the Mac because the draft generated far more and far livelier comments from the Take Control authors and other expert technical reviewers than any other ebook we’ve published. So take a look, and if you want to see a full list of the defined terms in advance, download the sample, which includes the first page of each letter.

Updated Ebook Explains Syncing iPhone and Apple TV — We’ve just released an update to “Take Control of Syncing in Tiger” to add details about syncing to the iPhone and the Apple TV. The book, written by Mac expert Michael E. Cohen, is packed with real-world advice for syncing data and files from a Mac to iPods, cell phones, PDAs, and other Macs. Now the book also covers the specific quirks of the iPhone and the Apple TV. Those who already own an earlier version of the ebook can download a free update via the Check for Updates button on the ebook’s cover. The print version of this update to “Take Control of Syncing
in Tiger” is also available now.

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