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 “Switching to the Mac, Leopard Edition,” by David Pogue ($30 from missingmanuals.com ). Mac users get Switching to the Macvery few viruses, no spyware and very little spam. It is generally accepted that this is because Macs representless than 10 percent of the installed base and therefore there’s less incentive for malicious hackers to write such code. Pogue disagrees with that assessment and says it’s because the OS X operating system is much newer than Windows and was designed with Internet use in mind. The handiest parts of the book are the appendices, especially the one titled “Where’d It Go?” Every time you expect to find a function where Windows put it, you can look here and find out where Mac put it. One good example: To uninstall a program on the Mac, you simply drag its icon to the trash barrel. This leaves no bits and pieces behind.

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