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Syngress IT Security Project Management Handbook

by Susan Snedaker

The First and Last Word on Managing IT Security Projects As the late management guru Peter Drucker once said, "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." The intent of this book is not to lead you through long, arduous planning processes while hackers are stealing your network out from under you. The intent is to provide you with effective network security planning tools so that you can "degenerate into hard work" as quickly as possible to keep your network secure with the least amount of effort. Rather than losing sleep at night wondering who's wandering around your network in the dark, you can create a comprehensive security solution for your company that will meet your security needs today and will allow you to address new security requirements in the future. This book is designed to help you do exactly that. Analyze the Cost of Prevention Versus Remediation How to determine if preventing a security breach is less costly than fixing it once it occurs. Identify the Right Project Management Team Determine who will be affected and make certain they are on board from the start. Monitor IT Security Project Quality Many companies must comply with specific monitoring requirements to meet industry or governmental regulations. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Be sure that your WBS tasks are at the same level by keeping the level of detail consistent. Create Reliable Documentation Your documentation should be well defined and completed in as near real time as possible. Implement Individual Security Analysis Programs (ISAPs) Testing requires an active "push" against security areas to ensure they don't collapse. Close the Issues Log, Change Requests, and Error Reports Addressing known issues in a reasonable manner and documenting those resolutions are important elements of reducing risk. Review Legal Standards Relevant to Your Project Failure to understand the legal implications may leave your company at substantial legal risk. Walk Through a Complete Plan Includes a step-by-step security project plan for a security assessment and audit project

Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games

by Edward Castronova

Castronova offers the first comprehensive look at the online game industry, exploring its implications for business and culture alike. He starts with the players, giving us a revealing look into the everyday lives of the gamers--outlining what they do in their synthetic worlds and why.

System Performance Tuning, 2nd Edition

by Mike Loukides Gian-Paolo D. Musumeci

System Performance Tuning answers one of the most fundamental questions you can ask about your computer: How can I get it to do more work without buying more hardware? In the current economic downturn, performance tuning takes on a new importance. It allows system administrators to make the best use of existing systems and minimize the purchase of new equipment. Well-tuned systems save money and time that would otherwise be wasted dealing with slowdowns and errors. Performance tuning always involves compromises; unless system administrators know what the compromises are, they can't make intelligent decisions. Tuning is an essential skill for system administrators who face the problem of adapting the speed of a computer system to the speed requirements imposed by the real world. It requires a detailed understanding of the inner workings of the computer and its architecture. System Performance Tuning covers two distinct areas: performance tuning, or the art of increasing performance for a specific application, and capacity planning, or deciding what hardware best fulfills a given role. Underpinning both subjects is the science of computer architecture. This book focuses on the operating system, the underlying hardware, and their interactions. Topics covered include: Real and perceived performance problems, introducing capacity planning and performance monitoring (highlighting their strengths and weaknesses). An integrated description of all the major tools at a system administrator's disposal for tracking down system performance problems. Background on modern memory handling techniques, including the memory-caching filesystem implementations in Solaris and AIX. Updated sections on memory conservation and computing memory requirements. In depth discussion of disk interfaces, bandwidth capacity considerations, and RAID systems. Comprehensive discussion of NFS and greatly expanded discussion of networking. Workload management and code tuning. Special topics such as tuning Web servers for various types of content delivery and developments in cross-machine parallel computing For system administrators who want a hands-on introduction to system performance, this is the book to recommend.

The Systematic Design of Instruction (Sixth Edition)

by Walter O. Dick Lou Carey James O. Carey

This classic text introduces students to the fundamentals of instructional design and helps them learn the concepts and procedures for designing, developing, and evaluating instruction for all delivery formats. The new edition builds upon the foundation of previous editions with clear discussions on the impact of critical new theories, new technologies, and the Internet. The book addresses current design processes used in instructional settings and delivery systems across many areas of curriculum and business, including Internet-based Distance Education. Hallmark Features *The text clearly describes and models the instructional design process as it is practiced in educational and business settings, allowing students easy transfer of important topics. *The conceptual base for each step in the instructional design model is clearly defined and described in an accessible manner.*Application of and decision-making about instructional design concepts are illustrated through a serial case study example carried through the steps of the design model in each chapter of the book. *Opportunities are provided for readers to apply new concepts through practice and feedback activities at the end of each chapter. *Up-to-date references and recommended readings with annotations allow students to further explore the concepts presented in the text. *This new edition uses course management technology to illustrate design. The new CourseCompass website includes: goals and objectives for each step in the model, illustrations of preinstructional materials, rubrics for evaluating products for each step in the model, concept quizzes, and much more.

Systematics as Cyberscience: Computers, Change, and Continuity in Science

by Christine Hine

An exploration of the use of information and communication technologies by biologists working in systematics (taxonomy) and the dynamics of change and continuity with past practices in the development of systematics as a cyberscience.

Systems, Experts and Computers: The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After

by Agatha C. Hughes Thomas P. Hughes

After World War II, a systems approach to solving complex problems and managing complex systems came into vogue among engineers, scientists, and managers, fostered in part by the diffusion of digital computing power.

T1: A Survival Guide

by Matthew Gast

This practical, applied reference to T1 for system and network administrators brings together in one place the information you need to set up, test, and troubleshoot T1. You'll learn what components you need to build a T1 line; how the components interact to transmit data; how to adapt the T1 to work with data networks using standardized link layer protocols; troubleshooting strategies; and working with vendors.

Tablet PC Quick Reference

by Microsoft Corporation

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p>In a meeting, in the hallway, or on the run\u2014achieve ultimate mobility with the TABLET PC QUICK REFERENCE. This expert guide shows how to get up and running faster with the Tablet\u2019s digital pen, Input Panel, Windows\xae Journal, speech recognition, and more.</p></div>

Take Control of 1Password

by Joe Kissell

Speed through Web logins with 1Password 4!Remembering and entering Web passwords is both difficult and insecure, but it doesn't have to be that way, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this ebook, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play--plus many hours with the 1Password 4 for Mac beta--to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card information when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, and share your passwords with key people and among multiple devices. Joe focuses on 1Password 4 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password.You'll find expert advice on these topics:Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode and make first-run configuration decisions. Explore usage strategies for 1Password on your Mac, PC, iOS device, or Android handheld, and understand the different components of the software on the different platforms. Get lots of ideas for how to share your vault (or vaults!) among your devices and with other people.Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a Web site. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, delete them, and more. You'll especially find help with editing logins. For example, if you change a password from dragon7 to eatsevendragonsforlunchatyahoo, you'll want to incorporate that into its login. Or, use 1Password's password generator to come up with complex passwords, like dGx7Crve3WucELF#s.Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. An advanced topic later in the ebook covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly. (For Joe's full advice on passwords, read Take Control of Your Passwords.)Go beyond Web logins: For a lot of people, a primary point of 1Password is to speed the process of signing in to Web sites. But 1Password can do much more. Learn about storing and autofilling contact information (for more than one identity, even), and your credit card number and security code. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, private diary entries, scans of important cards or documents, and more.You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including: What are the main changes between 1Password 3 and 1Password 4?In addition to 1Password, should I use my Web browser's password, contact, or credit card autofill feature? What about Apple's iCloud Keychain?What is the fastest way to get 1Password to sign me in to a Web site?My login item used to sign me in, but it stopped working. What should I do?I made a long, random password for my bank account, but it wasn't saved in the login item! Where can I find it?How can I use one username and password with multiple Web sites, like one Apple ID for both iCloud and the online Apple Store?What if I need to access my 1Password data from another person's computer?How can I speed up Web logins and filling in shopping cart info with 1Password in iOS or Android?Is it true that I can initiate 1Password login items from keyboard launcher utilities like LaunchBar, Alfred, and Quicksilver? (Hint: the answer is yes!)

Take Control of Apple Mail

by Joe Kissell

Master Mail in Mavericks and iOS 7! Email is essential for everything from work to shopping to keeping in touch with family. Could you get anything done without it? In this book, email expert Joe Kissell helps you make sure Apple Mail won't leave you in the lurch, providing essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting advice, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, or IMAP -- or more than one -- in both OS X 10.9 Mavericks on your Mac and iOS 7 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.Along the way, Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements, and offers tips on customizing Mail to your preferences (including the best power-user plugins for Mail on the Mac). You'll also learn how to find that message in the haystack, figure out how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and uncover solutions to numerous common problems. Perhaps most important, Joe shares his strategy for avoiding email overload; the article where he first introduced it won American Business Media's Neal Award for Best How-To Article.Using the fully linked table of contents, Quick Start page, or other hot links in the ebook, you'll quickly find the essential information that's most important to you, including: * Key changes in Mail for Mavericks * Interesting new features in Mail for iOS 7 * Setting Mail's Junk Mail filter correctly and other tips for defeating spam * Understanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and Junk * Addressing email to multiple recipients -- and to smart groups * Using notifications to manage incoming messages * Turning on the much-loved classic window arrangement * Customizing the Mail sidebar, toolbar, message header interface, and more * Using search tokens AND understanding Boolean searches * Joe's suggested smart mailboxes * Taking charge of email organization with rules and other measures * Keeping attachments problem-free * 12 things you should know about iOS Mail * Fixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more * Mail plugins that will improve your Mail experience * How to decide if you should encrypt your email * Detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting email

Take Control of Automating Your Mac

by Joe Kissell

Find shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable!If you use copy and paste, you're eliminating unnecessary retyping and possible typos. But did you realize that you could be using dozens of additional shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable? In this essential title, Joe Kissell shines a light on OS X's many built-in shortcuts and provides sweeping coverage of the utilities that go even further.You don't need to be a programmer -- or even particularly geeky -- to automate your Mac. Everyone uses copy and paste, and most of what Joe explains can be used by anyone, from novice to expert, to make their work quicker, more accurate, and more easily repeated when needed. Nor is specialized software necessary, since OS X has oodles of built-in automation features like keyboard shortcuts, configurable gestures, and automatic launching of key apps. But clever Macintosh developers have created brilliant utilities that go far beyond OS X's features, and Joe discusses the key players, devotes a chapter to Keyboard Maestro (which gives you control over nearly any task on your Mac), and delves into the included automation capabilities in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro.In short, Take Control of Automating Your Mac will:Show you lots of tools and techniques for automating your Mac.Offer concrete examples you can use as is or adapt to your needs.Inspire you with extensive lists of further possibilities.We've included discounts totalling over $60 on eight of the key apps Joe covers: 20% or 30% off on Keyboard Maestro, LaunchBar, Hazel, Nisus Writer Pro, TextExpander, TextSoap, TypeIt4Me, and Typinator -- look for coupons at the back of the ebook!Take Control of Automating Your Mac has chapters about how to:Develop an automator's mindsetUse OS X's built-in automation featuresTake full advantage of input devices to save clicksAutomate text expansion for faster, more consistent typingControl the Finder with a launcher and by organizing files with HazelSupercharge your clipboard to remember and reformat previous copiesWrite macros in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer ProCreate rules to file email automatically in Apple Mail and OutlookLog in to Web sites faster with a password managerAutomate cloud services with IFTTT and ZapierSet up automatic backup and syncingGet started with Automator and AppleScriptControl nearly anything on your Mac with Keyboard MaestroThis ebook was written for users of 10.9 Mavericks, but many of the functions described work similarly in older (and upcoming) versions of OS X.

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

by Joe Kissell

Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises.Read along as backup guru Joe Kissell helps you understand the three components of a solid backup strategy, implement that strategy in a way that meets your specific needs, and understand the hows and whys of what you are doing, taking you far beyond the limited security of turning on Time Machine or copying a few files to a flash drive or cloud service. You'll also find details on how to test your backup system, and on how to restore from backup. Whether you're running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion, you'll soon have a reliable, up-to-date backup system.Although the 201-page ebook is organized so you can start backing up without reading every page, the full ebook will teach you to:Design a reliable backup system. If you're developing a new backup system, you'll learn how to make it not only thorough, ensuring that all your data is safe, but also easy to manage and appropriate for your situation. If you're assessing an existing backup system, Joe discusses how to evaluate it and offers guidance for improving and modernizing it.Talk like an expert. You'll learn the meaning of terms like "versioned backups," "delta encoding," "push" and "pull" backups, "duplicates," "server," "client," "incremental," "hard link," "mirroring," and "snapshot."Choose backup software. Consider the pros and cons of Apple's free Time Machine and determine whether it's a good match for you--or if you should consider a different program with better features for your needs. You'll learn about 14 key features to look for in backup apps and find overviews and tips for 8 noteworthy products (an online appendix covers nearly 100 options), plus several suggestions for online backups. You'll also get Joe's recommendations to help you sort through the possibilities.Shop for hardware. You'll discover the pros and cons of backup media options such as hard drives (with USB, FireWire, eSATA, or Thunderbolt interfaces--and with or without full-disk encryption), flash drives, optical media, tape drives, RAIDs, Drobo storage devices, Time Capsules, and NAS and SAN devices.Operate Time Machine. Find out what goes on beneath Time Machine's simple surface, and how best to make use of Apple's built-in backup system, including how local snapshots work when your Time Machine volume isn't available, and how to encrypt a Time Machine backup.Make backups. No matter what backup software you decide to use, Joe provides a conceptual walk-through of the entire process, offering basic information for people who've never made a backup before and savvy, real-world suggestions for making the backup process as easy as possible.Deal with special backup needs. You'll learn what to do about certain kinds of data that may require special backup strategies, such as large media archives, frequently changing files that need special versioned backup treatment, and Windows files and volumes hosted on your Mac.Manage your media. Diamonds may be forever, but backup devices are not. Disks fill up. They also wear out. Find advice for handling those realities.Recover lost data. Use your backup to recover lost data successfully in the event of a hard disk crash or other calamity. After all, restoration is what's really important.Bonus! The ebook includes money-saving coupons on ChronoSync, CrashPlan, Data Backup 3, DollyDrive, QRecall, and Retrospect Desktop.Teach This Book: Once your backups are humming along reliably, can we encourage you to help your friends, family, and colleagues improve their backups before they lose data? This ebook links to a downloadable one-page PDF handout and PDF-based slides that you can present on any computer or mobile device screen.

Take Control of Calendar Syncing and Sharing with BusyCal (1.0)

by Joe Kissell

Is there anything more embarrassing than missing an appointment due to a calendar misstep? (Yes. Showing up late, in your pajamas.) Operating calendar software isn't hard, but if you don't understand how calendars sync among devices, how you can share calendars with other people, and how meeting notices work, it's all too easy to fall prey to problems. The goal of this brief ebook, then, is to explain how calendar servers and clients work, when and why to use iCloud or Google Calendar for syncing and sharing, and how to construct a sensible calendar strategy for BusyCal 2 on your Mac--even if you also use other calendar apps or share calendars with people who do. Author Joe Kissell also guides you toward practices that will make your life easier and tries to dissuade you from those that will add unnecessary complication.

Take Control of Customizing Microsoft Office

by Kirk Mcelhearn

Work faster and more efficiently in Microsoft Office X and Office 2004! You know Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are powerful, but are you harnessing that power effectively? Microsoft Office expert Kirk McElhearn has distilled years of experience with these programs to explain how to work in Office more quickly and effectively. Learn how to issue your favorite commands faster, whether that means that you put commands on a toolbar for one-click access, stick them on custom menus where you can find them easily, or assign them keyboard shortcuts so that your fingers can do the work. Find tips for arranging toolbars and customizing the Formatting palette. Discover how to insert frequently typed bits of text with ease, and learn to use templates so that you never re-create a frequently used document (such as a monthly report) from scratch again. Kirk will have you working more efficiently than before in no time! Also included: how to navigate toolbars using the keyboard, working with the Word work menu, where Office stores customizations, and more. Bonus! A special appendix lists 20 favorite Office customizations from Macintosh experts. Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like: How can I access different commands from a toolbar? How do I assign keyboard shortcuts to frequently used commands? How can I revert Word's menus to a Word 5 layout? What's the point of the Word Work menu, and how do I use it? How can I quickly insert frequently typed bits of text? How can I get a list of all keyboard shortcuts assigned in Word? How do I make an Excel template for my monthly report? How do I create a Word template for business letters? Where are my customizations and templates kept, and how do I share them with others? Need Help Buying? Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this ebook. And if you decide not to buy, would you tell us why? This ebook covers Microsoft Office X and Office 2004 for Macintosh; however, much of the information applies to recent versions of Microsoft Office for Windows and to older versions of the software on both platforms. The ebook does not cover writing macros.

Take Control of Dropbox

by Joe Kissell

Sync, link, and share your files! Because Dropbox is so simple to use for basic file syncing, it's easy to forget that you can do far more with it than just sync files between two computers. If that's all you're doing, you're missing out! In this concise ebook, expert Dropbox user Joe Kissell goes beyond the basics, sharing the best practices for using Dropbox on your own or with a group, explaining common mistakes and irreversible settings, describing how to manage mobile devices and Dropbox-savvy apps, and turning you on to unusual uses of Dropbox. Teach This Book! A powerful aspect of Dropbox is sharing files with friends and colleagues, which may make you want to help them use it. To that end, Take Control of Dropbox includes links to a downloadable one-page PDF handout and to an 18-slide PDF presentation that you can show on any computer or mobile device screen.Other useful advice in Take Control of Dropbox includes how to:Recover an accidentally deleted or revised file. You'll find help with a few non-obvious controls and a discussion of the Packrat option for Dropbox Pro users.Work with photos and videos in your Dropbox folder and learn how to share collections of photos with Dropbox's new photo album feature.Use Dropbox to store and automatically sync data used by Dropbox-savvy apps on all of your devices, whether they're running Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows, or Linux. You'll get a better idea of what's going on behind the scenes and how to manage app authorizations.Check a few important account-related details to make sure you're set up optimally. These include security settings and methods of getting more storage space.Joe also shares examples of interesting Internet services that can interact with files that you put in your Dropbox folder to publish a blog, automate Web activities, automate your Mac, sync with other cloud services, and even publish a book like this one!

Take Control of FileVault

by Joe Kissell

Protect your Mac's data in the event of theft with Apple's FileVault!If your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X's built-in FileVault encryption technology ensures that your Mac's contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you're hesitant to entrust your data to an algorithm before you understand how FileVault works, this book will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence.Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac (because, remember, the point of FileVault is to protect your data in the event of theft) once you've turned on FileVault.Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line.FileVault facts and features that you'll master include:Essential tips for protecting external drives with FileVaultPros and cons of encrypting the backup of a FileVault-encrypted driveImportant steps for safeguarding encrypted drives from motivated thievesWhether your data is safe when your Mac is sleepingWhether your data is safe from other logged-in users on the same MacPros and cons of letting Apple store your recovery keyHow to avoid panicking if you forget your FileVault passwordFileVault and Disk Utility features found only on the command lineThis book covers FileVault 2, which was introduced in 10.7 Lion and is far better than, and completely different from, the original version of FileVault (now called Legacy FileVault). Everything in this book works with 10.9 Mavericks. A few minor things have changed over the years, but anyone with 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion should also find the book useful. It appears that 10.10 Yosemite, slated for release later this year, will change very little about FileVault.

Take Control of LaunchBar

by Kirk Mcelhearn

Let LaunchBar's superpowers save you from a lifetime of Mac drudgery! Join Mac expert Kirk McElhearn, and learn how to use LaunchBar, from Objective Development, to carry out nearly any Mac task more efficiently. To help you develop a mental map of all that LaunchBar can do, Kirk explains LaunchBar in the context of its five superpowers -- key LaunchBar techniques that no Mac user should be without!Abbreviation search. The primary way you select things in LaunchBar is by typing a few letters associated with the item you want to find. LaunchBar is smart (so the abbreviation doesn't have to be obvious) and learns from what you type (in case it guessed wrong the first time).Browsing. Sometimes you don't know what you want until you see it. Abbreviation search won't help there, but you can browse folders, recent documents for an app, clipboard history, snippets, and more.Sub-search. Too many results in a list to browse? Try a sub-search, which is an abbreviation search limited to a list of search results.Send To. Want to open a PDF in PDFpen rather than Preview? Or attach a document to a new email message? You can send anything on LaunchBar's bar to another application, folder, action, or service.Instant Send. For those who want to save the most time, Instant Send is the fastest way to put a selected file or bit of text on the bar, ready to open in another app, move to a folder, send to a Google search, look up in Dictionary, and more.Don't worry about remembering all this -- a one-page cheat sheet in the book will jog your memory until LaunchBar has worked its way into your fingertips.Consider two examples:Example 1: The most beloved LaunchBar function is to access apps quickly -- especially apps that you don't keep in the Dock. Just invoke LaunchBar (with a keyboard shortcut of your choosing), type a quick abbreviation -- whatever seems natural to you -- and press Return. (Or, take the express route with LaunchBar's handy Instant Open.) LaunchBar doesn't require predefined abbreviations; instead, it adapts to you! This method of accessing an app uses the Abbreviation Search, superpower #1.Example 2: Once you've become accustomed to the ease of accessing any app, you can start applying abbreviation search to other tasks and begin to unleash LaunchBar's other four superpowers. One example is to employ superpower #5, Instant Send, to file photos: select a photo's file icon in the Finder, hold down the key you use to invoke LaunchBar for an extra second to put the file on the bar, select the Add to iPhoto action, and press Return to send the photo to iPhoto. We could go on forever with our favorite examples: pasting the third item back from the clipboard history, moving a file into a deeply nested folder, creating calendar events, skipping to the next track in iTunes, running Terminal commands, looking up terms in Wikipedia, counting the characters in selected text, tweeting a quote from an article, finding your uncle's phone number, and so on. To learn how do all this, and more, read the ebook!

Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion (1.0)

by Glenn Fleishman

With this ebook in hand, you'll discover: * What is difference between SMS, instant messaging, and iMessage - plus why you'd care. * How to convert your iChat experience to the brave new world of Messages. * Why it is that Messages lets you communicate via accounts at five different services (plus Bonjour), and how to figure out which you should use. * In an iMessage account, how to configure which email address(es) and iPhone phone number(s) should receive messages on your Mac. * How to use Google Talk with Google two-factor authentication. * How to send messages - and set your online status - with an eye to etiquette and conventions. * What an instant-message buddy is, why it's awkward that iMessage doesn't have buddies, and how to add buddies, organize buddies, and even delete or block a buddy. * How to exchange photos, videos, business documents, and other files via Messages. * The best way to add a spoken conversation or video to a chat, whether through an iMessage/FaceTime chat or an instant-messaging service. * How to view and control the Mac screen of the person you're chatting with (or vice-versa). * And much more...

Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6 (1.0)

by Glenn Fleishman

A networking and security guide for iOS 6.

Take Control of the Cloud

by Joe Kissell

Cut through the hype, understand cloud services, and enhance your privacy and security!What, exactly, is the Cloud? What are cloud services, and how can you make smart decisions about which ones to use and how to set them up? Join award-winning author Joe Kissell as he pins down nebulous cloud concepts, helps you evaluate claims about cloud services, and points out how to enhance your privacy and security in the Cloud.You can read this approachable ebook quickly in your recliner, deck chair, or airplane seat, but you'll want to pull it out again next time you're considering signing up for yet another cloud-based product or service, whether it's data storage, syncing, or sharing; a productivity or entertainment app; or something else. Along with lists of popular, recommended, or interesting cloud-based services, Joe provides advice on desirable (and undesirable) features. And, if you'd like still more control over your data, there's a special chapter about setting up your own personal cloud.Teach This Book! Do you need to give a presentation concerning the Cloud? We'd like to help. This ebook includes links to a free PDF cheat sheet and a PDF-based slide deck that you can show on any computer or mobile device.Here's what you'll find inside Take Control of the Cloud:18 essential FAQs about the CloudWhat's special about modern-day, cloud-based data syncingWhy it's so hard to mingle calendars from different servicesHow using the Cloud can reduce your hardware costsPopular cloud apps and what they can do for youHow to run Windows or Linux in the CloudWhy Adobe Creative Cloud is a lame example of cloud computingWhat a VPS (virtual private server) is, and why you might want oneWho are the big players who want to grab your cloud dataHow to avoid the weak points when it comes to cloud securityWhy you should back up to and from the CloudHow to know if a particular cloud service is right for youBarriers and benefits to running your own personal cloudHow to choose hardware and software for a personal cloudFree download of a cheat sheet and training materials about the Cloud

Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks

by Joe Kissell

Install Mavericks easily, and fly through important post-installation steps!Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, prevent problems with a bootable duplicate of your main disk, and decide on your best installation method, whether you're upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion. You'll find smart suggestions for managing the installer, with tips for installing on multiple Macs and dealing with bandwidth limitations. Joe walks you through installing Mavericks and then gives important advice for handling your Mac when it first starts up in Mavericks, including working through a pile of post-installation alerts, signing in with the right Apple ID(s), turning on iCloud Keychain, enabling enhanced (and local) dictation, managing user accounts, and quite a bit more. Additional important topics include troubleshooting installation problems, upgrading from an older Mac or PC to a new Mac running Mavericks, and a brief look at installing OS X Server.You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:Start fast: A short Quick Start overview links to detailed content behind each topic, letting you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your specific needs.Catch the wave: Find out what you can look forward to in Mavericks, and why this upgrade is important for Apple.Older cat upgrades: For people who are upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard, Joe offers advice about the most effective way to carry out an upgrade.Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Mavericks, and consider if this might be a good time for new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade. (Tip: if your Mac can run Mountain Lion, it can also run Mavericks.)Prep steps: Avoid upgrade calamities by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac - and that you can boot from your backup. This crucial step can save a lot of trouble, and Joe recommends software that can make a bootable duplicate without a huge hassle. Also, your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run Apple Hardware Test (or Apple Diagnostics) and Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go. Finally, for those who need it, Joe discusses special cases relating to disk encryption (including FileVault) and partitioning.Picking a plan: Decide on your installation method. Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. 10.5 Leopard users will find special help, and those still on 10.4 Tiger get a special sidebar.Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on more than one Mac or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when.Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly with a few important housekeeping tasks, including managing Spotlight, Software Update, Java Runtime, enhanced dictation, user accounts, Apple IDs, iCloud Keychain, FileVault, Time Machine, iTunes changes, and more. Plus learn how to unhide the user Library folder.Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under Mavericks that you'll discover an important incompatibility with an existing piece of software. Find time-tested troubleshooting advice to get your system working again. Plus learn what the Recovery HD volume can do for you.Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running Mavericks, learn the best way to move your user account to the new Mac.Installing OS X Server: Find a brief intro...

Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite

by Joe Kissell

Make a smooth transition to 10.10 Yosemite!Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques. The book covers upgrading from 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard, and even 10.4 Tiger. It also looks at upgrading from the Yosemite public beta and at "upgrades" that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC.You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics:Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in Yosemite, and why this upgrade is important for Apple.Catch-up upgrade: If you're upgrading from 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard, you'll want to know about a few special compatibility issues and decide on the most effective way to upgrade.Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite (and for the new Continuity features that work with iOS 8), and consider if this might be a good time for new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade.Backing up: Avoid upgrade calamities by ensuring you can return your Mac to its previous stateâ "and that you can boot your Mac from a backup. This crucial step can save a lot of trouble, and Joe recommends software that can make a bootable duplicate with minimal hassle.Cleaning up: Your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics as well as Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go.Prepping your disk: For those who need it, this chapter covers special cases relating to disk encryption and partitioning.Picking a plan: Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. Yosemite beta testers will find a special sidebar, 10.5 Leopard users will find special help, and those still on 10.4 Tiger will learn about the extra steps they'll have to go through.Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full instructions on what to click and when.Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by answering questions posed by Yosemite, specifying your Apple ID in all the right places (and perhaps setting up Family Sharing), checking your Handoff status, and handling translucency. You'll also find advice on Spotlight, Java Runtime, iBooks, enhanced dictation, and more. Plus, learn how to unhide the user Library folder.Troubleshooting: Yikes! It's possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under Yosemite that you'll discover an incompatibility with an essential piece of software. Find time-tested troubleshooting advice to get your system working again. Joe also explains what the Recovery HD volume can do for you.Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running Yosemite, learn the best way to move your user account to the new Mac.

Take Control of Your Passwords

by Joe Kissell

Improve your passwords without losing your cool, thanks to Joe Kissell's expert advice. Start on the path to modern password security by watching Joe's intro video and by checking out our Joe of Tech comic in the Contents &amp; Intro tab below (scroll down!). Read the book to understand the problems and apply a real-world strategy that includes choosing a password manager, auditing your existing passwords, and dealing with situations where automated tools can't help. "Awesome. You did an amazing job breaking it down. This should be mandatory reading." --Rich Mogull, CEO at Securosis</p>\n\n<p>This ebook helps you overcome frustrations that arise when attempting to design a strategy for dealing with the following password problems:</p>\n\n<ul><li><p>9-character passwords with upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and punctuation are NOT strong enough.</p></li>\n<li><p>You CANNOT turn a so-so password into a great one by tacking a punctuation character and number on the end.</p></li>\n<li><p>It is NOT safe to use the same password everywhere, even if it's a great password.</p></li>\n<li><p>A password is NOT immune to automated cracking because there's a delay between login attempts.</p></li>\n<li><p>Even if you're an ordinary person without valuable data, your account may STILL be hacked, causing you problems.</p></li>\n<li><p>You can NOT manually devise "random" passwords that will defeat potential attackers.</p></li>\n<li><p>Just because a password doesn't appear in a dictionary, that does NOT necessarily mean that it's adequate.</p></li>\n<li><p>It is NOT a smart idea to change your passwords every month.</p></li>\n<li><p>Truthfully answering security questions like "What is your mother's maiden name?" does NOT keep your data more secure.</p></li>\n<li><p>Adding a character to a 10-character password does NOT make it 10 percent stronger.</p></li>\n<li><p>Easy-to-remember passwords like "correct horse battery staple" will NOT solve all your password problems.</p></li>\n<li><p>All password managers are NOT pretty much the same.</p></li>\n<li><p>Your passwords will NOT be safest if you never write them down and keep them only in your head.</p></li>\n</ul><p class="quote">"Joe handles a confusing and scary subject more clearly and calmly than I would have thought possible. I'll be recommending this book to just about everybody I know." --William Porter, database developer, author, photographer</p></div>

Talk Is Cheap

by James E. Gaskin

Fed up with the high tolls charged by your ordinary telephone service? If you're itching to cut the copper cord with your costly, traditional phone service, you need Talk is Cheap, the new, easy-to-understand guide to understanding and using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other Internet telephone options. Technologies such as VoIP are gaining a great deal of attention these days as more people switch from standard telephone service to phone service via the Internet. But while the cost savings are outstanding, there are some issues with Internet telephony that you should know about. Are the connections reliable? Is the quality comparable? Will it include 911 services? James Gaskin's Talk is Cheap addresses these issues and many more by explaining how to make the switch and what the trade-offs will be if you opt for Internet telephony over traditional phone services. Talk is Cheap focuses on the increasingly popular services from Vonage, which uses VoIP, and Skype--a free service that operates as a peer-to-peer (P2P) network with the ability to turn any PC, Mac, or Pocket PC into a telephone. The book explains your options; explores the background behind, the workings of, and differences between VoIP and P2P networks; and discusses the advantages and drawbacks of both technologies (including service offerings, quality, capabilities, completion rates, and more). Talk is Cheap then goes into detail on what you can expect in Internet service from traditional phone companies such as Verizon and ATT. In addition, you will learn more advanced techniques, including how to turn your Palm or Pocket PC into an Internet phone and how to work with Wi-Fi phones and videophones. A straightforward, quick introduction to the ins and outs of using Internet telephone services, this book provides everything you need to make informed telephone decisions--whether you're thinking about the switch from traditional phone service or have already made it and want to get the most out of your new Internet telephone.

Tally.ERP 9 in Simple Steps

by Kogent Learning Solutions Inc

Tally.ERP 9 in Simple Steps is a book that helps you to learn Tally quickly and easily. Precise and complete, with an easy to understand style, examples to support the concepts, and use of practical approach in presentation are some of the features that make the book unique in itself. The text in the book is presented in such a way that it will be equally helpful to the beginners as well as to the professionals. Apart from the basic concepts of Tally, this edition of the book deals with some advanced topics, such as VAT, TDS/TCS, Service Tax, Data BackUp and Restore, Emailing from Tally.ERP 9, Migration from Tally 7.2 to Tally 9, Configuring and using Tally.NET in Tally.ERP 9, etc.

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