Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course – Book Review

On November 6, 2014, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course
Author: Scholle McFarland
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
77 pages, ebook-PDF format
ISBN: 9781615424443

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When I want to learn, really learn, about a single technology topic, I turn to Take Control books. Each book dives deep into its subject; for example Dropbox, online privacy, or 1Password. Many other readers prefer a quick overview of the topic, a “get in, get out” philosophy if you will. For that reason, TidBITS has released a new type of Take Control series called Crash Course. The books are divided into small segments that allow readers to quickly check just the section they need at the moment, then get back to what they were doing.

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Take Control of Your Paperless Office, second Edition
Price: $10
Authors: Joe Kissell
Company: Take Control
ISBN: 978-61542-424-5, 146 pages

I remember in the late 70’s and early 80’s there were predictions about our society becoming more and more paperless in the future with the revolution of the personal computer. But at the same time, huge companies were investing more and more into faster printers and fax machines that were in total contradiction of the predictions.paperless-office-review

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Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac, 3rd Edition
Author: Andy Affleck
Publisher: TidBITS
Ebook Price: $10
ISBN: 9781615424375

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Beginning to produce a podcast can be a little intimidating. Which software do I use to record? How do I choose a mic? Should I use GarageBand, Audacity, or another program for editing? Those questions, and many more, are answered in Take Control of Podcasting On The Mac.

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Take Control of 1Password – Book Review

On January 27, 2014, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of 1Password
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher : TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
148 pages, ebook format
ISBN: 9781615424283

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Unless you live under a rock or are new to the Internet, no doubt you’ve heard of 1Password. On the off chance you haven’t, 1Password is a full-featured password manager that works with Macs, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android. It’s the one app I’ve downloaded on all my devices, no questions asked, since 2007. With all these years of experience you’d think I’d be a 1Password expert. I’m not, so I turned to the expert, Joe Kissell, who’s written yet another fabulous book, Take Control of 1Password.

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Take Control of Dropbox – Book Review

On June 19, 2013, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Take Control of Dropbox
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
82 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781615424214

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Dropbox is the ubiquitous application that allows users to sync and share their files, and access them from computers, smart phones, and tablets. If you’re reading this review you probably are already a Dropbox user. Are you using Dropbox to its fullest potential? Do you have a hard time trying to explain the Dropbox concept to potential new users? Are you still a little confused about how Dropbox works? Answers to all those questions, and more, can be found in Joe Kissell’s new Ebook, Take Control of Dropbox.

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Take Control of iTunes 11 the FAQ
Company: Take Control
Author: Kirk McElhearn
Format: PDF
Price: $15.00

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Having reviewed Take Control of Messages previously I was very interested to see what Take Control of iTunes 11 the FAQ has to offer. Take Control of iTunes 11 the FAQ starts with the introduction explaining the origins of iTunes. For readers who want to just use it without knowing all the ins and outs there’s a Quick Start section. Like all Take Control books you can get updates through the Take Control website.

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Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6
Author: Glenn Fleishman

Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
127 pages, Ebook
ISBN: 9781615424122

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Did you ever wonder how to set up a mobile hotspot? Maybe you don’t understand the difference between WPA2 and WEP security. What’s the big deal about having a secure password for a home WiFi network? If you ever had any of these question, Glenn Fleishman answers all these questions, and more, in his latest book, Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6.

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Take Control Of Backing Up Your Mac 
Author: Joe Kissel
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing Inc
ISBN-13: 9781615423941, 210 pages
Price: eBook US$15.00. Print US$28.99

Backup is a process that most of us would acknowledge as being an essential part of the computing experience. Why then do so many of us fail to backup?

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Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon
Book Review

On March 11, 2008, in Book Review, by Rich Lefko

Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon (Version 1.5)
By Sharon Zardetto and Andy Baird

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com
ISBN 1-933671-30-0, 206 pages, PDF
$15.00 US

When I first received the Mac OS X Lexicon, I thought, “What could this book possibly tell a Mac user of 20+ years that he didn’t already know?” The answer: Plenty! “Ogg Vorbis,” “yottabyte,” “Breadcrumbs,” and “Flog,” ¬– what are they talking about?

As it turns out, The Mac OS X Lexicon is a very interesting book. It’s actually much more than a book, because the PDF nature of this tome makes it interactive in ways printed books just are not. I’m not sure this is a book you’d just sit and read, but you could easily do that if you wanted to. Once I started thumbing (or scrolling) through the pages, it was tough to put it down.

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