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About the Author

J. D. Biersdorfer writes the weekly computer Q & A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times. She also writes an occasional Circuits feature story and has penned articles for The New York Times Book Review, the AIGIA Journal of Graphic Design, and Rolling Stone. After living all over the country as a former Air Force brat and theater technician, she planted herself in New York City in 1989. In her limited spare time, she plays the banjo and watches far too much CNN Headline News. Email: jdbiersdorfer@mac.com.

About the Creative Team

David Pogue (editor) is the weekly tech-review columnist for The New York Times and the creator of the Missing Manual series. He's the author or co-author of 30 books, including nine in the Missing Manual series and six in the "For Dummies" line (including Magic, Opera, Classical Music, and The Flat-Screen iMac). In his other life, David is a former Broadway theater conductor, a magician, and a pianist (http://www.davidpogue.com). Email: david@pogueman.com.

Nan Barber (copy editor) co-authored Office X for the Macintosh: The Missing Manual and Office 2001 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual. As the principal copy editor for this series, she has edited the titles on iPhoto 2, Mac OS X Hints, iMovie 3 & iDVD, Dreamweaver MX, and Windows XP. Email: nanbarber@mac.com.

Rose Cassano (cover illustration) has worked as an independent designer and illustrator for 20 years. Assignments have spanned everything from the nonprofit sector to corporate clientele. She lives in beautiful southern Oregon, grateful for the miracles of modern technology that make living and working there a reality. Email: cassano@uci.net. Web: http://www.rosecassano.com.

Phil Simpson (design and layout) works out of his office in Stamford, Connecticut, where he has had his graphic design business since 1982. He is experienced in many facets of graphic design, including corporate identity, publication design, and corporate and medical communications. Email: pmsimpson@earthlink.net.


I would like to thank David Pogue for suggesting this book to me and then for being a terrific editor all the way through the mad scramble of hardware and software updates. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Missing Manuals team for all their work on the project.

On a personal note, I'd also like to extend thanks to all my friends and family who put up with months of vague iPod-related mutterings while this book was under construction, including Mary and Bobby Armstrong, Tom Biersdorfer, my parents, and my grandfather. Other occupants on the thank-you list include Andy Webster for his proofreading prowess, Tom Simpson and his shared playlists, my supportive Internet buddies (the Wonder Women and the gang in Echo's upf_oz), and most of all, Betsy—for being there.

—J. D. Biersdorfer

The Missing Manual series is a joint venture between Pogue Press—the dream team introduced on these pages—and O'Reilly & Associates, one of the most respected publishers on earth.

Thanks, too, to agent David Rogelberg; proofreaders Jenny Barber, Chuck Brandstater, John Cacciatore, and Danny Marcus; Apple's Tracy De Lano and Steve Schiel for assistance in capturing the uncapturable (iPod screenshots); and the other Pogues—Jennifer, Kelly, and Tia—who make this series, and everything else, possible.

—David Pogue

About Pogue Press

Missing Manual books are designed to be superbly written guides to computer products that don't come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index, cross-references to specific page numbers (not just "see Chapter 14"), and an ironclad promise never to use an apostrophe in the possessive word its. Current and upcoming titles include:

  • Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition by David Pogue

  • iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

  • iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, Joseph Schorr, & Derrick Story

  • iMovie 4 and iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

  • GarageBand: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

  • Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

  • Mac OS X Hints, Panther Edition by Rob Griffiths

  • FileMaker Pro 7: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey

  • Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

  • Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Nan Barber, Tonya Engst, & David Reynolds

  • AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink & David Reynolds

  • Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

  • Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, Craig Zacker, & L. J. Zacker

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