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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Understanding sharing


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Understanding sharing

As they say, no Mac is an island, and because this Mac of yours is likely to be surrounded by other devices, you should know how to configure it to communicate with those other devices. This is done through the Sharing System Preference, which we look at now. System Preferences and Sharing. First thing, if you don't like the name of your computer, change it at the top of this window. So, in this case, it says 15-inch MBP for my MacBook Pro but I can also change this to Chris' Mac, hit Return, and that changes the name of my Mac as it's seen through the network.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Understanding sharing

As they say, no Mac is an island, and because this Mac of yours is likely to be surrounded by other devices, you should know how to configure it to communicate with those other devices. This is done through the Sharing System Preference, which we look at now. System Preferences and Sharing. First thing, if you don't like the name of your computer, change it at the top of this window. So, in this case, it says 15-inch MBP for my MacBook Pro but I can also change this to Chris' Mac, hit Return, and that changes the name of my Mac as it's seen through the network.

Now, the first option is DVD or CD Sharing. If you have a MacBook Air or new Mac mini that doesn't have a media drive, how are you supposed to install software from DVDs or CDs? You do it using this option. When you turn it on, on another computer on your network, you will be able to see disks inserted into this Mac's media drive. So for example if I have the Mac Pro on this network and I turn on DVD or CD Sharing there, I can then access those disks from this computer and install software or copy information from those disks to this Mac.

Next up is Screen Sharing. We look at Screen Sharing separately in another movie, so check out that movie for that information. Also, File Sharing is in another movie as well. We will move down to Printer Sharing and this is where you can share a printer that's connected to your Mac with any other computers that happen to be on your local network. So I will flip this on and now I can choose the printers that I'd like to share from this Mac out to the network. By default, everyone has privileges to print to the selected printer.

Then there is Scanner Sharing. This is very much like Printer Sharing. Idea is that if you have a scanner connected to your Mac, you can turn this on and then other computers on your network can use that scanner as if it were connected to their computer. Web Sharing is for if you want to set up a website on your computer. That's beyond what we are going to do in this course. Just know this option is here. If you want to set up your Mac as a server for your website, this is the option to flip on. Remote Login is an option that allows people using other computers on the Internet to get into the contents of this computer using something called SSH.

This is a secure way of getting to the computer over the internet. To use it, just click the Plus button, add the users you like, and then they can access that computer. Remote Management is a little bit like Screen Sharing which we look at elsewhere in this course. This allows other people across the internet to see your Mac screen as well as control it. Again, same idea. Click the Plus button and decide who you're going to allow to do this. Remote Apple Events is a similar idea. The idea here is that people across the internet can trigger events on your Mac using Apple Events.

Again, Plus button allow users and they can do it. Xgrid Sharing is a very advanced preference. This is the ability to gang together multiple Macs, so that they act as one supercomputer. Unless you're doing high-end video or audio work, this would be an option that you are unlikely to use. The next option, Internet Sharing, is something that you can use and here's an example of how you might use it. Suppose that you are in a hotel and you've got an Ethernet connection. You have plugged the Ethernet cable into your Mac. Well, your co-worker is staying in the next hotel room over and they don't want to pay for this expensive connection.

What they'd rather do is leech on your connection, so that they can use the internet connection as well. You want to save the boss some money, so, hey, why not? So what you are going to do is share your connection from Ethernet, then you are going to choose to share your connection over Wi-Fi. Then turn on Internet Sharing. So you really want to do that. It tells you that Internet Sharing is on. Now your computer is seen as a wireless hotspot to other computers around you. So you have one connection that you're paying for, that's your Ethernet connection, but now your Mac is a wireless router and other people can use that connection to use your ethernet connection.

It's quite possible that there are more legitimate reasons for using Internet Sharing but honestly this is what I use it for. So check it out next time you are staying in a hotel. And finally, the very last option is Bluetooth Sharing and this works a lot like File Sharing. When you turn this on, then you can share files between Bluetooth devices. With normal File Sharing you'll share files over the network. If you can't set up a network, you can rely instead on Bluetooth Sharing and this is a wireless form of sharing and you can share over a small distance, say 30 feet or so.

It's a slower way to transfer files. But if you have two computers and they both have Bluetooth turned on, this is another way to share files. That's the basics of sharing under Lion. Elsewhere in this chapter, we're going to look at File Sharing, Screen Sharing, and AirDrop.

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