Michael E. Cohen
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Take Control of Syncing in Tiger

Learn how to synchronize all your data between Macs, or with mobile phones, PDAs, and iPods!

Frustrated in your attempts to synchronize data between your Macs, or with other devices? Michael E. Cohen is here to help. With clear directions and a humorous touch, his 135-page Take Control of Syncing in Tiger walks you through tasks like syncing phone numbers between your Mac and mobile phone, iPod, or PDA; syncing files between your desktop and laptop Macs; and sharing Safari bookmarks and keychains between Macs. You'll learn what gear you need and the best ways to move your data between devices, whether your syncing software is built in to Tiger, works through .Mac, or comes from an independent Mac developer. Michael also explains how Apple's syncing model works under the hood, and when things don't work as expected, you'll appreciate his practical troubleshooting advice. More...

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I was amazed that your book pointed me to the solution for my problem within 5 minutes of purchasing it. The $10 price was more than worth the money and made me give you this full endorsement for a "Job Well Done"! -Michael Clarke

Book Info

  • 135 pages
  • Version 1.0
  • Published 03-Aug-06
  • 1.8 MB download
  • ISBN: 1-933671-16-5
  • Free 24-page PDF sample with Table of Contents, Introduction, Quick Start, and section starts. (Or just scroll down for the introductory text!)

About the Author

Michael has worked as a teacher, a programmer, a Web designer, a multimedia producer, and a certified usability analyst. He's the author or co-author of several books, including The Xcode 2 Book and AirPort and Mac Wireless Networks for Dummies.

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Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • A Briefing on Syncing
  • What You Can Sync
  • Connect Your Gear
  • Sync an iPod with iTunes
  • Sync a Handheld Device with iSync
  • Sync Another Mac with .Mac
  • The Conflict Resolver
  • Sync with Third-Party Software
  • Lost in Translation
  • Synchronize Yourself
  • Appendix A: A Shot at Troubleshooting
  • About This Ebook
  • Featured Titles
  • Coupons

Read Me First

This ebook explains how Tiger "thinks about" syncing, and shows you how to take advantage of its syncing capabilities, and how to go beyond them when they fall short. It was written by Michael E. Cohen (with an assist from the Digital Medievalist), edited by Don Sellers, and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing.

Introduction

"That syncing feeling." "I'm syncing in the rain." "Everything but the kitchen sync." "Sync-le white female." Through the course of writing this ebook, I have heard almost every single pun on the word "sync" that could be made from people I once considered friends. But after the ritual punishment that inevitably ensues when I tell someone I've been writing about syncing, I'm usually asked, "What is syncing, anyway?"

I have three answers.

The shortest answer is this: syncing is a technological solution to that age-old question, "How can you be in two places at once?" This answer usually evokes a glazed uncomprehending stare—it's the answer I use to retaliate for the worst puns.

A slightly longer answer goes something like this: "You know your Mac's Address Book? Wouldn't you love to have all those addresses and phone numbers on your mobile phone? Oh, you've done that? Well, then, you already know something about syncing." This answer usually elicits a self-congratulatory nod. Once I have my listener hooked, I talk about how adding phone numbers and contacts on the phone and moving them back to Address Book, and I tell them about syncing calendars, too, and then I say, "Oh, and you have a desktop and a laptop Mac, too, right? You know, you can sync them, too—not just your phone book and your calendar, but your book- marks, and your Mac's keychains, and bunch of other stuff." This goes over pretty well, because I stop before I get all geeky on them.

But the most complete answer I can give to this question is the one you just downloaded: this ebook. In it, I explain how syncing works in Tiger, cover how you can sync your shiny devices—your iPods, your mobile phones, your PDAs, and your Macs—and describe in detail the software you use to do that syncing. I also tell you how to solve the occasional syncing conflict, and suggest ways you can integrate syncing into your daily computing life. In short, my goal is that this ebook help you take control of syncing.

But please don't send me your favorite syncing pun. I've heard it.

Quick Start

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger provides great synchronizing capabilities to help you share your information among different devices—unfortunately, to a casual observer those capabilities seem to be confusingly scattered all over the place. In fact, though, there's some order in the chaos: to take control of syncing you need to understand only a few simple concepts, make a decision or two, and, usually, follow a few short steps.

Understand what syncing is:

Get your stuff together:

Get synced:

Avoid trouble:

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