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Take Control of Buying a Mac

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Save money, avoid stress, and buy the right Mac for your needs and budget!

Deciding that you want to buy a new Mac is easy, but embarking on the project immediately raises questions like "What Mac will best meet my needs?", "Should I buy now or wait a month?", "How do I move my files from my old Mac to my new one?", and "What should I do with my old Mac?" Mac guru Adam Engst has answered these questions countless times, and he has distilled the answers into this 98-page book. Worksheets in the book help you match your needs and budget to the model that's right for you. And, you'll learn how to predict when Apple will release new models and when you can get the most bang for your buck. When you're ready to buy, Adam helps you compare different choices for where to shop. You'll also find advice and step-by-step instructions for transferring your files from your old Mac to your shiny new one, along with a thoughts about how to get the most out of your old Mac.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Buying a Mac
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in Version 3.0
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Mac Buying Quick Start
    4. 2. Decide When to Buy
      1. Determine Whether You Need a New Mac
      2. Pick the Best Time to Buy
        1. Apple's Release Schedule
        2. Model Update Cycles
          1. Stage 1: Introduction
          2. Stage 2: Incremental Changes
          3. Stage 3: Replacement
          4. Stage 4: Used
        3. Rules of Thumb for Timing a Purchase
      3. Ignore Buyer's Remorse
    5. 3. Figure Out Which Mac to Buy
      1. Decide Between a Desktop and a Laptop Mac
      2. Pick the Right Model
        1. Choose the Right Desktop Model
        2. Choose the Right Laptop Model
      3. Decide on the Right Options
        1. CPU (Type, Number, and Speed)
        2. RAM
        3. Optical Drive
        4. Hard Drive
        5. Video Card
        6. Displays
        7. AirPort Extreme Card
        8. Bluetooth Module
        9. Extra battery or AC Adapter
        10. AppleCare
        11. Other Stuff
    6. 4. Choose Where to Buy
      1. Local Independent Apple Dealer
      2. Apple Retail Stores
      3. Computer Superstores
      4. Internet or Catalog Mac Reseller
      5. Apple's Online Store
      6. Individuals
      7. Special Cases
        1. Educational Discount
        2. U.S. Government or Large Organization Discount
        3. ADC Hardware Purchase Program
        4. Apple Employee Discount
    7. 5. Determine What Else to Buy
      1. New Software
      2. New Peripherals or Adapters
      3. Cases
      4. UPS/Surge Protectors
    8. 6. Move to a New Mac
      1. Clean Up Your Old Mac
        1. Delete Unnecessary Files
        2. Organize Files and Folders
        3. Deauthorize Applications
      2. Transfer Files with the Setup Assistant
      3. Transfer Files Manually
        1. Choose a Transfer Method
          1. Direct Hard Drive Installation
          2. Ethernet
          3. AirPort
          4. USB Hard Drive
          5. CD-R Discs
        2. Copy Files Manually
      4. Update and Configure Software
        1. If You Use Static IP Addressing
        2. Adjust Spotlight
        3. Check for Software Updates
      5. Store Original Packaging
    9. 7. Deal with Your Old Mac
      1. Keep Your Old Mac
        1. Kitchen Mac
        2. Stereo Component
        3. Home and Internet Server
        4. Picture Frame
        5. Home Controller
      2. Dispose of Your Old Mac
        1. Hand It Down
        2. Donate It to Charity
        3. Give It Away via Freecycle
        4. Sell It Locally
        5. Sell It on eBay or Another Auction Site
        6. Recycle Your Old Mac
      3. Prep Your Old Mac for Its New Life
        1. Back Up Data Again?
        2. Clean it Up
        3. Add or Remove Hardware
        4. Reformat the Hard Disk and Reinstall Mac OS
        5. Gather the Original Manuals and Accessories
        6. Package It in the Original Box
    10. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits