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Sometimes you don't need a big manual, just a compact technical guide for quick reference. If that's what you need for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out the "OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide" from O'Reilly Media.
Whether you're new to the Mac or just need some quick tips on the latest, greatest operating system update, this 272-page book offers concise info on Mountain Lion. It offers details on system preferences, built-in applications, utilities, and other features. Once you’re familiar with the fundamentals, you can use the pocket guide for problem-solving on the fly. You get configuration tips, lots of step-by-step instructions, guides for troubleshooting, and other advice. Topics covered include:
° iCloud integration and other iPad-inspired features;
° How to work with multiple devices;
° Using the Finder, Dock, user accounts, and other more;
° Using Mountain Lion’s system preferences to customize your Mac;
° Using FaceTime and Time Machine;
° Managing passwords and securing your data;
° Working with keyboard shortcuts.
"Mac OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide" is written by Chris Seibold, an engineer, writer, and cartoonist residing in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an engineer, he has tackled such diverse processes as powder coating and hot dog casing manufacture. As a writer, he has focused on computing and written for a variety of online and traditional media, including serving as senior contributing editor for the Apple Matters web site and contributing hacks to iPod and iTunes Hacks.
As a cartoonist, he has produced both cartoon strips and editorials. Seibold also managed to spend some time working producing radio shows relating to sports. He has a degree in physics from the University of Tennessee. You can find more info on "OS X Mountain Lion Pocket Guide" at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920025665.do?imm_mid=08fbac&cmp=em-m... .