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Chapter 1. Being Mobile Things You Can Do

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HowMobileDoYouWanttoBe?

Theeasiestanswertothisquestionis"Whatevermylaptopcan

do."That'squitealotandshouldmakeyoufeelhappily

connected.Forawhile.Whenyoueventuallystartlustingfor

moremobilecapability,youmayhavetoinvestinsomeextra

peripheralsandaccessories,butyou'llstillhavemostofwhat

youneedrightthereonyourMaclaptop.

So,asaRoadWarrior,whataresomeofthemobilecapabilities

youcanexpectfromyourMaclaptop?



HomeandOfficeMobility

Yourlaptopastheultimateportableoffice.Mobility

isn'talwaysaboutconnectingtotheInternetortoother

computers.Sometimesit'sjustabouthavingallyour

applicationsandfileswithyou,bundledupontoaniftylittle

computersoyoucangetworkdonewhileonthe

goanythingfromwritingalettertoeditingamovie.It'slike

havingyourentireofficeavailabletoyouatalltimes.

Ifyouwantachangeofscenery,justpickupyourlaptop

andmovetoanotherdeskoranotherroom.Orfinda

comfortablereclinerandputyourlaptoponyourlap.

ConnecttotheInternetwirelessly.Ifyourlaptophasa

wirelesscard,youcanjumpontheInternetanywhere

that'swithinrangeofanexistingwirelessnetwork.That

couldbeinyourofficehallway,onyourbedroompatio,or

sittingonthefrontstepsofabuildinginLuxorthathasa

Wi-Ficonnection.



Entertainyourself.Whiletraveling,youcanlistentoyour

musiccollectionfromiTunes,listentoanaudiobook,or

watchamovieondvd.WhenaWi-Ficonnectionisavailable

inanairport,thewaitforaflightgoesbyveryquickly

becauseyoucanaccesstheiTunesMusicStoretopreview

orbuysinglesongs,albums,audiobooks,andevenvideos

andsometelevisionprograms.

ReadyourRSSfeeds.Ifyou'vesetupRSSfeedsfor

informationyou'reinterestedin,you'llgetthefeeds

anywhereintheworldonceyou'reconnected.Youwon't

havetomissoutonanything.

Downloadandlisten.Ifyou'vesubscribedtosome

favoritepodcasts,youcancollectandlistentothemwhile

ontheroad.Don'tmissasingleepisode!

Professionalpresentations.Likemanybusinesspeople,

weoftengivepresentationstogroupsofpeople.Alaptop

enablesyoutocreateapresentationwhileonthegoor

makelast-minuterevisions.

Ifyouraudienceissmall,youdon'tevenneeda

projectorjustpresentstraightfromyourcomputer.

Videoconferencingandchatting.SinceWi-Fi

connectionsarebroadbandandfastenoughtosupport

videochats,youcanuseiChatandaniSightcamera(orany

FireWirevideocamera)tovideoconferencefromanyWi-Fi

hotspotahotelroomorlobby,acoffeeshop,oranairport

thatprovideswirelessaccess.Ifyoudon'thaveaFireWire

videocamera,youcanuseyourlaptop'sbuilt-inmicrophone

toaudiochat,orjustusetextchatwithfamilymembers,

buddies,orbusinessassociateswhoareonline.



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Downloadandread.Allmajornewspapersandmagazines

areavailableindigitalform.Somearefreeandothers

requireapaidsubscription.Youcanclickonatopicinthe

tableofcontentsandimmediatelyjumptothatarticle;click

onawebaddressinanadandjumpdirectlytothe

advertiserswebsite.

Somedigitalpublicationsareviewableontheweband

othersneedspecialreadersoftware,suchasZinioReader.

TheexamplebelowshowsMacworldmagazineasitappears

intheZinioReaderonmyPowerBook.

WhenIclickontheedgeofapage,thepageturnswitha

realisticanimation.Sincethemagazinehasbeen

downloadedtomyPowerBook,Icanreaditanytime,

anywhereevenwithoutanInternetconnection.



Useyourlaptopwithotherportabledevices.AMac

laptopcanbeusedwithaBluetooth-enabledmobilephone,

aPalmPDA,andthemostpopularGPSdevices.InChapter

11wetalkabouthowthiscanbeusefulandofferhow-to

information,tips,andresourcesformoreinformation.

Takeadvantageof.Macconvenience.Ifyouhavea

.Macaccount(pronounced"dotMac"),yourRoadWarrior

challengesareeasierinmanyways.Youcanuse.MacMail,

awebmailfeaturethat'saccessiblefromanycomputer

anywhereintheworld.Youcanusethe.MacHomePage

featuretoalmostinstantlycreateandpublishphoto

albums,newsletters,orrésumésonline.Whenyouneedto

getaverylargefileorafolderfullofphotostosomeone,

youcancreateanFTP(FileTransferProtocol)pagesuchas

theoneshownbelow,uploadthefilestoyour.MaciDisk

storagespace,password-protecttheFTPpageifyouwant,

thensendthepageaddressandpasswordtotheperson



whoneedsaccess.Theycangotoyour.MacFTPpageand

downloadthefilesattheirconvenience.Theverycool

mobilityadvantagesofhavinga.Macaccountarecovered

inChapter4.



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Synchronizeandaccessvitalinformation.Beinga

mobilecomputeruserallowsyoutocarryaroundyour

importantpersonalinformation,suchasyourAddressBook

contacts,appointmentsiniCal,andyourcustomcollection

ofSafari(Apple'swebbrowser)bookmarks.

UseiSyncandyour.Macaccounttosynchronizeyour

personalinformationwithaduplicatecopyonyour.Mac

iDisk(thepersonalstoragespaceonApple'scomputers

that'sincludedwitha.Macaccount).Youcanthen

synchronizethatcopyofyourinformationwithanother

computer.Forinstance,ifyou'reonthegoandawayfrom

youroffice,someoneinyourofficecanupdateyour

calendarorcontacts,thenyoucansynctheupdated

informationtoyourlaptopfromanywhereanInternet

connectionisavailable.SeeChapter4formoreabout

iSync.



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Doevenmore.Someveryinterestingthingsaremade

possiblebycertainservices.Somecostmoney,othersare

free.Forinstance,youcancallsomeone'stelephoneand

talktothemfromyourcomputer.Learnmorecoolwaysto

bemobileandproductiveinChapter11.

It'snotjustaboutyou.We'vediscoveredthatoneofthe

mostappreciatedhospitalitiesyoucanofferhouseguestsis

awirelessInternetconnectionandtheuseofalaptop

computerduringtheirstay.Guestscantakethelaptopto

theirroom,checktheiremail,ortakecareofbusiness.If

theybroughttheirownlaptop,theymightbeexcessively

gratefulfortheconnection.Ifyoudon'thaveawireless

networksetupinyourhomeoroffice,it'sprobablybecause

youdon'trealizehoweasy



AGuidetoInformationinThisBook



Thereissomuchinformationinthisbookthatitwillprobably

behardtoabsorbeverything.Belowisaquickreferenceto

specificthingsyoumightwanttoknow,organizedsoyoucan

finditeasily.

Therearethreethingsyoureallyshouldhavetotravelmost

effectivelywithyourMac:awirelesscard(whichisbuiltinto

allMaclaptopstoday),a.Macaccount(seeChapter4),and

thesoftwarepackagefromApplecallediLife'06(orlater;it

includesiPhoto,iWeb,andfourotherapplications).



Photographs

iWebandHomePagesitesorpagescanbepassword-protected.

AlsoseetheinformationaboutfilesharinginChapter10.

Shareyourphotospublicly

.Macslides:AnyMacOSXusercansubscribetoyour

slideshowofphotos;theyappearasascreensaver.See

page87.

iWebphotospage.Anycomputerusercanviewyour

photosonawebpage.Seepages8895.

.MacHomePage.Uploadphotosforanycomputeruser

toview.Seepages182186.

Shareyourphotosprivately

Photocast.MacusersofyourchoicedownloadaniPhoto

albumofyoursintotheirowniPhotoapplications.See

page9697.



.MacGrouppage.Invitedmembers,usingany

computer,canallsharephotoswitheachother.See

pages8285.



Accessories

Hardware

Some"essentials"arelistedonpages1319.

Securitydevicesareonpages148149.

Needadevicetohelpyoufindwirelessnetworks?See

page167.

Ifyouneedanexternalmodem,seepages11or159.

Ifyouhavetouseamodem,someaccessoriesyoumay

findhandyareonpages162and218.

AlittlebitofinformationoniPods,GPSs,andPDAsison

pages214215.

Software

Troubleshootingsoftware.Seepage198.

Widgetsusefulfortraveling.Seepages166,199200,

and213.

Onlinemaps.Seepages201209.

BroadbandTunerforbetterconnectivity.Seepage215.



.Macaccount.SeeChapter4.

iLife'06.SeetheAppleStoreatwww.Apple.com/store.

iLifeisusuallyloadedonnewMacs.



Communication

Email

.Macwebmail.Seepages7174.

CheckyourPOPaccounts.Seepage71.

Dial-upnumbersaroundtheworld.Seepages159160.

SMTPaccountwhenonthego.Seepages72and

156158.

Textchats

TextmessagewithiChatovertheInternet.Seepage

101108.

TextmessagewithotherchatclientsovertheInternet.

Seepage210.

Textmessagewithothersonyourlocalnetwork,using

Bonjour.Seepages101and114116.

Audiochats

WithiChatovertheInternet.Seepages101105and

109.



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