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Swarm Robotics: A Formal Approach

by Heiko Hamann

This book provides an introduction to Swarm Robotics, which is the application of methods from swarm intelligence to robotics. It goes on to present methods that allow readers to understand how to design large-scale robot systems by going through many example scenarios on topics such as aggregation, coordinated motion (flocking), task allocation, self-assembly, collective construction, and environmental monitoring. The author explains the methodology behind building multiple, simple robots and how the complexity emerges from the multiple interactions between these robots such that they are able to solve difficult tasks. The book can be used as a short textbook for specialized courses or as an introduction to Swarm Robotics for graduate students, researchers, and professionals who want a concise introduction to the field.

Swift Game Development: Learn iOS 12 game development using SpriteKit, SceneKit and ARKit 2.0, 3rd Edition

by Siddharth Shekar Stephen Haney

Embrace the mobile gaming revolution by creating popular iOS games with Swift 4.2Key FeaturesLearn to create games for iPhone and iPad with the latest Swift Programming languageUnderstand the fundamental concepts of game development like game physics, camera action, sprites, controls, among othersBuild Augmented reality games using ARKit for true performanceBook DescriptionSwift is the perfect choice for game development. Developers are intrigued by Swift and want to make use of new features to develop their best games yet. Packed with best practices and easy-to-use examples, this book leads you step by step through the development of your first Swift game.The book starts by introducing Swift's best features – including its new ones for game development. Using SpriteKit, you will learn how to animate sprites and textures. Along the way, you will master physics, animations, and collision effects and how to build the UI aspects of a game. You will then work on creating a 3D game using the SceneKit framework. Further, we will look at how to add monetization and integrate Game Center. With iOS 12, we see the introduction of ARKit 2.0. This new version allows us to integrate shared experiences such as multiplayer augmented reality and persistent AR that is tied to a specific location so that the same information can be replicated on all connected devices. In the next section, we will dive into creating Augmented Reality games using SpriteKit and SceneKit. Then, finally, we will see how to create a Multipeer AR project to connect two devices, and send and receive data back and forth between those devices in real time.By the end of this book, you will be able to create your own iOS games using Swift and publish them on the iOS App Store.What you will learnDeliver powerful graphics, physics, and sound in your game by using SpriteKit and SceneKitSet up a scene using the new capabilities of the scene editor and custom classesMaximize gameplay with little-known tips and strategies for fun, repeatable actionMake use of animations, graphics, and particles to polish your gameUnderstand the current mobile monetization landscapeIntegrate your game with Game CenterDevelop 2D and 3D Augmented Reality games using Apple's new ARKit frameworkPublish your game to the App StoreWho this book is forIf you wish to create and publish iOS games using Swift, then this book is for you. No prior game development or experience with Apple ecosystem is needed.

Symbolic Parallelization of Nested Loop Programs

by Frank Hannig Jürgen Teich Alexandru-Petru Tanase

This book introduces new compilation techniques, using the polyhedron model for the resource-adaptive parallel execution of loop programs on massively parallel processor arrays. The authors show how to compute optimal symbolic assignments and parallel schedules of loop iterations at compile time, for cases where the number of available cores becomes known only at runtime. The compile/runtime symbolic parallelization approach the authors describe reduces significantly the runtime overhead, compared to dynamic or just‐in-time compilation. The new, on‐demand fault‐tolerant loop processing approach described in this book protects loop nests for parallel execution against soft errors.

Symposium on Real-Time and Hybrid Systems: Essays Dedicated to Professor Chaochen Zhou on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #11180)

by Naijun Zhan Ji Wang Cliff Jones

This volume is published in honor of Professor Chaochen Zhou’s 80th birthday. The Festschrift contains 13 refereed papers by leading researchers who were among the participants of the celebratory conference in Changsha, China that took place in October 2017. The papers cover a broad spectrum of subjects related to Formal Methods for the development of computer systems. Topics include Probabilistic Programming, Concurrency, Quantum Computing, Domain Engineering, Real-time and Hybrid Systems, and Cloud Computing. Chaochen Zhou is internationally recognized for his own contributions and for the wide influence that he has had through his appointments in Oxford (UK) where he collaborated with Professor Tony Hoare, Lyngby (Denmark) where he worked with Professor Dines Bjørner, UNU-IIST (Macau) where he moved from being Principal Research Fellow to his appointed as Director of the Institute, as well as in Beijing. His book on the Duration Calculus (joint with Michael Hansen) made a seminal contribution to specifying and reasoning about real-time systems. Chaochen Zhou’s contributions have been marked by his election as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Synthetic Biology: Parts, Devices and Applications (Advanced Biotechnology)

by Jens Nielsen Gregory Stephanopoulos Sang Yup Lee Christina Smolke

need new text The inaugural volume of this new reference work in biotechnology is the most comprehensive of its kind on the market, covering everything from DNA synthesis to RNA interference and biosensors. Edited by the renowned scientists Sven Panke of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Christina Smolke from Stanford University.

System Analysis and Modeling. Languages, Methods, and Tools for Systems Engineering: 10th International Conference, SAM 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 15–16, 2018, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #11150)

by Ferhat Khendek Reinhard Gotzhein

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 10th International Conference on System Analysis and Modeling, SAM 2018, held in Copenhagen Denmark, in October 2018. The 12 full papers and 2 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 24 submissions. The papers describe innovations, trends, and experiences in modeling and analysis of complex systems using ITU-T's Specification and Description Language (SDL-2010) and Message Sequence Chart (MSC) notations, as well as related system design languages — including UML, ASN.1, TTCN, SysML and the User Requirements Notation (URN). This year’s edition of SAM will be under the theme “Languages, Methods, and Tools for Systems Engineering”, including languages and methods standardized by the ITU-T, and domain-specific languages. Also included are software engineering technologies, such as for requirements engineering, software verification and validation, and automated code generation.

System and Architecture: Proceedings of CSI 2015 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing #732)

by Sunil Kumar Muttoo

This book comprises the select proceedings of the annual convention of the Computer Society of India. Divided into 10 topical volumes, the proceedings present papers on state-of-the-art research, surveys, and succinct reviews. The volumes cover diverse topics ranging from parallel processing to system buses, and from computer architecture to VLIW (very long instruction word). This book focuses on systems and architecture. It aims at informing the readers about those attributes of a system visible to a programmer. This book also deals with various innovations and improvements in computing technologies to improve the size, capacity and performance of modern-day computing systems. The contents of this book will be useful to professionals and researchers alike.

System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook,: Design, configure, and manage an efficient virtual infrastructure with VMM in System Center 2016

by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso Roman Levchenko

Maximize your administration skills effectively and efficiently Key Features Implement cost-effective virtualization solutions for your organization with actionable recipes Explore the concepts of VMM with real-world use cases Use the latest features with VMM 2016 such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade, Guarded Fabric and Storage Spaces Direct Book Description Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016 is part of the System Center suite to configure and manage datacenters and offers a unified management experience on-premises and Azure cloud. This book will be your best companion for day-to-day virtualization needs within your organization, as it takes you through a series of recipes to simplify and plan a highly scalable and available virtual infrastructure. You will learn the deployment tips, techniques, and solutions designed to show users how to improve VMM 2016 in a real-world scenario. The chapters are divided in a way that will allow you to implement the VMM 2016 and additional solutions required to effectively manage and monitor your fabrics and clouds. We will cover the most important new features in VMM 2016 across networking, storage, and compute, including brand new Guarded Fabric, Shielded VMs and Storage Spaces Direct. The recipes in the book provide step-by-step instructions giving you the simplest way to dive into VMM fabric concepts, private cloud, and integration with external solutions such as VMware, Operations Manager, and the Windows Azure Pack. By the end of this book, you will be armed with the knowledge you require to start designing and implementing virtual infrastructures in VMM 2016. What you will learn - Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment - Configure fabric resources, including compute, networking, and storage - Create and manage Storage Spaces Direct clusters in VMM - Configure Guarded Fabric with Shielded VMs - Create and deploy virtual machine templates and multi-tier services - Manage Hyper-V and VMware environments from VMM - Enhance monitoring and management capabilities - Upgrade to VMM 2016 from previous versions Who this book is for If you are a solutions architect, technical consultant, administrator, or any other virtualization enthusiast who needs to use Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager in a real-world environment, then this is the book for you.

System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook, Third Edition: Design, Configure, And Manage An Efficient Virtual Infrastructure With Vmm In System Center 2016

by Roman Levchenko

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) focuses on efficiency with multiple features to help administrators consolidate physical servers within a centrally virtualized environment. This book will allow you to implement the Microsoft System Center family of components effectively and efficiently.

System Reliability Management: Solutions and Technologies (Advanced Research in Reliability and System Assurance Engineering)

by Mangey Ram Adarsh Anand

This book provides the latest research advances in the field of system reliability assurance and engineering. It contains reference material for applications of reliability in system engineering, offering a theoretical sound background with adequate numerical illustrations. Included are concepts pertaining to reliability analysis, assurance techniques and methodologies, tools, and practical applications of system reliability modeling and allocation. The collection discusses various soft computing techniques like artificial intelligence and particle swarm optimization approach for reliability assessment. Importance of differentiating between the optimal release time and testing stop time of the software has been explicitly discussed and presented in the book. Features: Creates understanding of the costs associated with complex systems Covers reliability measurement of engineering systems Incorporates an efficient effort-based expenditure policy incorporating cost and reliability criteria Provides information for optimal testing stop and release time of software system Presents software performance and security layout Addresses reliability prediction and its maintenance through advanced analytics techniques Overall, System Reliability Management: Solutions and Techniques is a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach for better communication of problems and solutions to increase the performance of the system for better utilization and resource management.

A Systematic Approach to Learning Robot Programming with ROS

by Wyatt Newman

<p>A Systematic Approach to Learning Robot Programming with ROS provides a comprehensive, introduction to the essential components of ROS through detailed explanations of simple code examples along with the corresponding theory of operation. The book explores the organization of ROS, how to understand ROS packages, how to use ROS tools, how to incorporate existing ROS packages into new applications, and how to develop new packages for robotics and automation. It also facilitates continuing education by preparing the reader to better understand the existing on-line documentation. <p>The book is organized into six parts. It begins with an introduction to ROS foundations, including writing ROS nodes and ROS tools. Messages, Classes, and Servers are also covered. The second part of the book features simulation and visualization with ROS, including coordinate transforms. <p>The next part of the book discusses perceptual processing in ROS. It includes coverage of using cameras in ROS, depth imaging and point clouds, and point cloud processing. Mobile robot control and navigation in ROS is featured in the fourth part of the book <p>The fifth section of the book contains coverage of robot arms in ROS. This section explores robot arm kinematics, arm motion planning, arm control with the Baxter Simulator, and an object-grabber package. The last part of the book focuses on system integration and higher-level control, including perception-based and mobile manipulation. <p>This accessible text includes examples throughout and C++ code examples are also provided at https://github.com/wsnewman/learning_ros</p>

Systems Analysis Approach for Complex Global Challenges

by Priscilla Mensah David Katerere Sepo Hachigonta Andreas Roodt

This book, which contains a collection of review articles as well as focus on evidence-based policy making, will serve as a valuable resource not just for all postgraduate students conducting research using systems analysis thinking but also for policy makers. To our knowledge, a book of this nature which also has a strong African focus is currently not available. The book examines environmental and socio-economic risks with the aim of providing an analytical foundation for the management and governance of natural resources, disasters, addressing climate change, and easing the technological and ecological transitions to sustainability. It provides scientific and strategic analysis to better understand the dynamics of future energy transitions, their main driving forces, enabling factors, barriers, as well as their consequences for the social, economic and environmental dimensions of human wellbeing. Science-based policy advice is achieved through an integrated assessment and modeling of how to simultaneously address the major energy policy challenges in the areas of environment (climate change and air pollution), energy poverty (or access to affordable and clean energy for the poor), energy security and reliability. It also aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems and their management in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities. It provides support for policy makers in developing rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of fuel, food and fibre that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. Finally, it addresses the human development dimension of global change based on comprehensive studies on the changing size and composition of human populations around the world by analyzing both their impacts and the differential vulnerabilities by age, gender and level of education.

Systems Programming in Unix/Linux

by K. C. Wang

Covering all the essential components of Unix/Linux, including process management, concurrent programming, timer and time service, file systems and network programming, this textbook emphasizes programming practice in the Unix/Linux environment. Systems Programming in Unix/Linux is intended as a textbook for systems programming courses in technically-oriented Computer Science/Engineering curricula that emphasize both theory and programming practice. The book contains many detailed working example programs with complete source code. It is also suitable for self-study by advanced programmers and computer enthusiasts.Systems programming is an indispensable part of Computer Science/Engineering education. After taking an introductory programming course, this book is meant to further knowledge by detailing how dynamic data structures are used in practice, using programming exercises and programming projects on such topics as C structures, pointers, link lists and trees.This book provides a wide range of knowledge about computer systemsoftware and advanced programming skills, allowing readers to interface with operatingsystem kernel, make efficient use of system resources and develop application software.It also prepares readers with the needed background to pursue advanced studies inComputer Science/Engineering, such as operating systems, embedded systems, databasesystems, data mining, artificial intelligence, computer networks, network security,distributed and parallel computing.

Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: 25th European Conference, EuroSPI 2018, Bilbao, Spain, September 5-7, 2018, Proceedings (Communications in Computer and Information Science #896)

by Rory V. O'Connor Richard Messnarz Xabier Larrucea Izaskun Santamaria

This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 25th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement, EuroSPI conference, held in Bilbao, Spain, in September 2018.The 56 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 95 submissions. They are organized in topical sections on SPI context and agility, SPI and safety testing, SPI and management issues, SPI and assessment, SPI and safety critical, gamifySPI, SPI in industry 4.0, best practices in implementing traceability, good and bad practices in improvement, safety and security, experiences with agile and lean, standards and assessment models,team skills and diversity strategies, SPI in medical device industry, empowering the future infrastructure.

Take Control of 1Password

by Joe Kissell

Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!Wrangling your web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords in various ways--including a hosted 1Password account (individual, family, or team), iCloud or Dropbox.The book focuses on 1Password 7 for Mac and Windows, but it also provides details and directions for the iOS and Android versions of 1Password. It briefly covers 1Password X, a chrome extension that brings 1Password to Chrome OS and Linux.Topics include:Meet 1Password: Set your master password, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a website. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You'll also find help with editing logins--for example, changing a password or adding further details.Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.Go beyond web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, software licenses, scans of important cards or documents, and more.Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted 1Password account, Dropbox, iCloud, a manually synced folder, or even device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including:What are my options for licensing 1Password?What are the differences between vaults in 1Password accounts and standalone vaults?Should I keep using my web browser's autofill feature?What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?What can I do quickly to get better password security?How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)? How do I use 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?

Take Control of 1Password (3.0)

by Joe Kissell

Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices! Wrangling your web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords in various ways--including a hosted 1Password account (individual, family, or team), iCloud or Dropbox.While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones.--Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review (2nd Edition).The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but it also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password. It briefly covers 1Password X, a chrome extension that brings 1Password to Chrome OS and Linux. Topics include: Meet 1Password: Set your master password, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy. Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a website. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You'll also find help with editing logins--for example, changing a password or adding further details. Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly. Go beyond web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, software licenses, scans of important cards or documents, and more.Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted 1Password account, Dropbox, iCloud, a manually synced folder, or even device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including: What are my options for licensing 1Password? What are the differences between vaults in 1Password accounts and standalone vaults? Should I keep using my web browser's autofill feature? What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too? What can I do quickly to get better password security? How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet? How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)? How do I use 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?

Take Control of Apple Home Automation (1.0)

by Josh Centers

This book explains how to use Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform to control smart devices in your home, such as lights, outlets, thermostats, and more.

Take Control of Apple Mail

by Joe Kissell

Master Mail in High Sierra and iOS 11!You can work more effectively in Apple Mail with expert advice from Joe Kissell. You'll learn how to make Mail serve your needs with essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting instructions, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, IMAP, or POP--or more than one account--on your Mac running 10.13 High Sierra (or 10.12 Sierra), or on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 11.Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements and gestures, and helps with common tasks like addressing and adding attachments. He also offers tips on customizing Mail, including a nifty chapter on how simple plugins and special automation can dramatically improve the way you use Mail. Joe also covers finding that message in the haystack with Mail's natural language search, improving the messages you send, how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and--perhaps most important--an award-winning strategy for avoiding email overload.Note: You may have heard about a new encryption issue called EFAIL that can affect Apple Mail. This issue was discovered too late to cover it in the book, but we have an article with complete details here: What You Need to Know About the EFAIL Vulnerability.You'll quickly find the information that's most important to you, including:Key changes in Mail for High Sierra (and Sierra) and iOS 11Getting through your email faster with gesturesUsing advanced search techniques to find filed messagesUsing plugins to significantly enhance how you use MailThe whys and hows of sending attachmentsUsing markup features to embellish, and even sign, outgoing attachmentsDefeating spam with the Junk Mail filter--and what to do if you need more firepowerUnderstanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and JunkUsing notifications to stay apprised of incoming messagesTaking charge of email organization with rules and other measuresBacking up and restoring emailImporting email from other apps, older versions of Mail, or another MacDeciding whether you should encrypt your email, along with detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting messagesTaking Mail to the next level with AppleScript and Automator18 things everyone should know about Mail in iOS 11Fixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more

Take Control of Apple Mail

by Joe Kissell

Use Apple Mail more effectively! Email expert Joe Kissell explains what's new with Mail in Mojave (or High Sierra) and iOS 12 or iOS 11, and how to best set up your Gmail, iCloud, IMAP, and Exchange accounts, He then shows you how to take Mail to the next level with plugins and automation, manage your incoming email, customize Mail, and solve common problems.

Take Control of Apple TV

by Josh Centers

Whether you're considering an Apple TV or you already have one, you can fully master Apple's living room device with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You'll learn how to set it up and use it to watch movies and TV shows, play music, display photo slideshows, give presentations, and access all manner of apps on the big screen.

Take Control of iCloud

by Joe Kissell

Apple’s iCloud service is highly useful, but it can also create headaches for the average user. In "Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition," newly updated for Mojave and iOS 12, Mac expert Joe Kissell explains how to avoid frustrations and make iCloud work for you.

Take Control of iOS 12

by Josh Centers

Learn how to make the most of iOS 12!Although iOS 12 focuses largely on performance and usability improvements, it also contains dozens of useful new features. In Take Control of iOS 12, TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers takes you through all the new stuff--including some powerful but obscure capabilities you may never notice on your own. You'll learn about Screen Time (to help you monitor and address screen addiction); updated notifications; improvements to Siri, Camera, Messages, and Photos; new password management tools; and a long list of other changes--as well as the new Shortcuts app, which provides new and improved automation features to iOS. Anyone with a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will benefit from Josh's in-depth explanations.But the book also goes far beyond the new features, providing an extensive guide to getting the most out of iOS 12. For example, you'll learn how to:Make sense of the Lock screen, Home screen, and Control Center--and customize them to meet your needsSearch with SpotlightSwitch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work Use Siri effectively, and even create your own custom Siri shortcutsBecome a whiz at using the various keyboards and editing controls built into iOS 12Use Share Sheets (for more than just sharing)Make the most of special iPad features like Instant Note, multitasking, and drag & dropNavigate the App StoreUnderstand the ins and outs of Family SharingManage your data--both locally on your device and in the cloudUse Screen Time to make better choices about when and how you use your deviceTake photos and videos, apply camera effects, and organize your mediaSend and receive messages in any of numerous ways with the Messages appMake calls and use FaceTime and VoicemailSurf the web with SafariUse Maps, Find My iPhone, and Find My FriendsOrganize your Wallet and use Apple PayInstall, delete, create, and use shortcuts in the Shortcuts appProtect your privacyMake the most of numerous iOS accessibility featuresImprove your battery life

Take Control of Lightroom CC

by Jeff Carlson

This book gives you all the information you need to use Lightroom CC, Adobe’s all-new desktop photo editor and organizer, from understanding where it fits in the Lightroom ecosystem (alongside Lightroom Classic, the rebranded and updated version of the traditional Lightroom application), to importing, managing, and professionally editing your photos.

Take Control of Mac Basics

by Tonya Engst

Whether you’re new to the Mac, or simply want to sharpen your Mac know-how, "Take Control of Mac Basics" is an easy-to-use and exhaustive reference to macOS. Drawing on her years of experience as the former editor in chief of Take Control, author Tonya Engst has compiled an invaluable guide to understanding important Mac facts and concepts, and how to develop the skills you need to become a highly proficient Mac user.

Take Control of Mac Basics (1.1)

by Tonya Engst

Master essential Mac facts, concepts, and skills!When we learn a new language, it's helpful to start with the basics, such as vocabulary and grammar. If we were to dive in without knowing these things, we'd have a hard time becoming fluent. In the same way, Take Control of Mac Basics is a primer for your Mac, giving you the basic facts and concepts you need, then moving on to explain how to put them to use in order to become "fluent" in macOS. But Take Control of Mac Basics is also meant for anyone--whether beginner, intermediate, or beyond--who wants to fill in any missing gaps in their knowledge of the Mac. Providing a carefully arranged and cross-referenced guide to the Mac, Take Control of Mac Basics brings together dozens of essential Mac topics in one place. Drawing on her years of experience as the former editor in chief of Take Control, author Tonya Engst presents a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format.After you read this book, you'll be able to:Get Your Bearings: Find out the names of the interface elements on your Mac screen and learn what you can do with them, including the menu bar, Apple menu, application menu, Siri, Spotlight, Notification Center, Finder, Finder windows, Dock, and Desktop. You'll also be introduced to each built-in app and utility on your Mac, and get expert advice on how to locate, install, and update additional apps.Use the Finder: Become confident with using the folders available to you on your Mac and with filing your files in both default and custom folders that work well for you. You'll find lots of tips for working on the Desktop, customizing the views in your windows, resizing windows, and understanding Mac paths.Manage Customization: Discover the many ways you can make your Mac work better for you, including making it easier to see, less of a power hog, more beautiful to look at, and easier to share with a child by creating separate accounts. Also learn how a wide variety of settings in System Preferences can improve the way you carry out essential tasks, such as copy/paste between your Mac and your iPhone, speaking through headphones on a FaceTime or Skype call, and viewing recent text messages or upcoming calendar events.Run Apps Effectively: Understand the best methods for getting in and out of apps, having apps launch on their own, quitting apps, dealing with frozen apps, opening new files, saving files, and more.Master Essential Tasks: Build your expertise with core Mac tasks and technologies including printing, copy and paste, keyboard shortcuts, connecting to a Wi-Fi network (in certain cases even if you don't know the password), Universal Clipboard, Mission Control, AirPlay, Sleep, Shut Down, what to do if you need to enter a Unix command in Terminal, how to think about backups, and more.This book is based on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which Apple released in 2017. This book is compatible with earlier versions of macOS, but the newer the version, the more it will match what the book presents.Take Control of Mac Basics is based on an older book called Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course, which contained information about core Mac skills useful to Take Control readers. Take Control of Mac Basics expands greatly on that idea, adding invaluable content that is pertinent to anyone interested in other Take Control titles.

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