mac at work

Mac at Work, the Book

I’ve received several e-mails complaining about how posts have slowed down at MacSparky.com. I am finally able to explain why. A few years ago I realized that while a lot of people are carrying Macs to work, very few of these Mac workers are taking full advantage of the goodness that is OS X. So, I decided to write a book. After several fits and starts, I signed a contract with Wiley Press and have spent my nights and weekends for the last five months writing 90,000 words.

The book is called “Mac at Work.”

This project has been my passion for the last two years and I’m excited to finally share it. The book is intended as a reference and filled with recommendations and workflows. It includes 24 chapters covering all of the most common topics you’ll run against when using your Mac to get work done. Each chapter is self-contained and intended as a reference on its particular subject. For instance, there’s a chapter on synchronizing your Mac with your office network. Likewise, there are chapters on running Windows on your Mac, managing PDF files, preparing presentations, and tackling e-mail. The list goes on; You get the idea.

The process of writing the book was my own nerdy epic adventure. For the first month I was convinced I’d be getting a call any moment from Wiley Press explaining they were very sorry but green lighting this book was obviously a big mistake. Thankfully, that call never came. I look forward to sharing the details of how I went about writing a book in future posts.

The book is now nearly done. It’s full-color and the layout is gorgeous. It will be in bookstores and the Apple iBookstore. The book is 350 pages (or thereabouts) and will release on January 17, 2011, a week before Macworld. It will go up on Amazon before that and you can trust that I’ll have links here when that happens.

There is no other book like this. As a result, the publisher wanted me to stay quiet until now. Looking forward, completion of the book means that I’ll be able to devote more attention to MacSparky.com. If you are a Mac worker or know a Mac worker, stay tuned for more details.

New Series - Mac at Work

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Lately, between speaking and writing engagements, I've had a lot of contact with Mac users bringing their shiny Apples into the workplace. It seems, for a variety of reasons, the invisible barrier between the home and the workplace has come crashing down. Put simply, people are bringing their Macs to work and looking for ways to get ahead. I am not talking just about artists and movie editors. I'm referring to all sorts of working stiffs from lawyers to salespeople, from marketing minions to CEO's.

I have been giving these people advice as I go along but it occurs to me there really isn't a resource for this information. How do Mac workers use their Apple hardware to look fantastic to their clients, co-workers, and bosses? Since this has been my obsession for some time, I've decided to grab the reins.

I am excited to announce a new series at MacSparky called, appropriately, Mac at Work.

In it I will be covering a variety of topics explaining how to get the most out of Mac hardware and software at the workplace. The idea is to provide the readers simple advice to dominate with their Macs.

My plans don't stop there. I will be podcasting (and screencasting) some of these topics as I go deeper down the rabit hole. I've got a big outline of subjects prepared and I've submitted it to a few publishers. I think there is a book in this. Whether I actually convince someone to publish me or decide to do it myself, at some point I am going to put all of this into one resource.

So there you have it, my line in the sand. Keep watching for Mac at Work.