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Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the iMac! This book will walk you through just what you need to get up and running on your new machine. There's a lot of stuff I don't tell you in this book because I want you to get started and enjoy yourself without getting bogged down in the details.

When you're ready for details, when you're ready to learn all the little shortcuts, tips, tricks, and troubleshooting, when you're ready for the next level, you should read The Little Mac Book. Your iMac operates exactly like any other Macintosh, so The Little Mac Book (which is almost 400 pages) will take you the rest of the way.

But today, work your way through this book like a tutorial, and you'll be amazed at how much you can get accomplished on your iMac. In fact, your little iMac is more powerful than the Macintosh I make my living on, and cost one-third as much!

This is not a technical book about the gory details of the iMac—I'm not going to tell you about things like 3Dfx chips, external scsi devices, pci cards, or isdn connectivity. If you want to know things like that, you need a different book.

The one technical thing I will tell you is that this book is written for the Mac os (operating system, the stuff that runs the computer) called version 9. If you just bought your iMac, your machine uses (is "running") Mac os 9. But if you bought your iMac a while ago or if someone gave you their older machine, your computer is probably running some version of os 8, such as 8.1, 8.5, or 8.6, which we lump altogether and call 8.x. If you do have an older operating system, there are a few places in this book where the information on the page won't exactly match what you see on your screen. The differences are minor and I'll mention those when we come across them, so don't worry. Move forward, have fun, and I'll see you on the web!

OS is pronounced "oh ess."

Robin

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