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Sure, it’s more reliable and faster than older versions of Windows, but there’s not a boatload of innovative features in Vista. (Unfortunately, if you’re running PC hardware, the only other practical choice for a computing novice is Linux, which is still regarded as too complex by major manufacturers like Dell and Hewlett-Packard. ) 41 42 Part I: Know Your iMac So what should you and I look for in an OS? Keep in mind that today’s computer techno-wizard demands three requirements for a truly high-powered software wonderland — and Mac OS X Leopard easily meets all three: ߜ Reliability: Your OS has to stay up and running reliably for as long as necessary — I’m talking months here — without lockups or error messages.

19 20 Part I: Know Your iMac See the earlier section, “Those holes are called ports,” to see how these ports are marked — and the connector fits only one way, due to a blazing moment of inspired thinking by the designers of the USB port! If you bought your iMac equipped with the wireless keyboard and mouse options, your batteries might need to be installed. After the batteries are in, you’re set to go. Adding the Internet to the mix If you have Internet access or a local computer network, you need to make at least one of the following connections.

Here’s an overview of the basic similarities between the two operating systems: ߜ The Desktop: The Leopard Desktop is a neat representation of a real physical desktop, and Windows uses the same idea: • You can arrange files, folders, and applications on your Desktop to help keep things handy. • Application windows appear on the Desktop. ߜ Drives, files, and folders: Data is stored in files on your hard drive(s), and those files can be organized in folders. Both Leopard and Windows use the same file/folder concept.

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