This class takes place the Third Thursday of Every Month,
at the Ridgway Library, behind the Town Hall in Ridgway

Mac OS X Class Outline
[How far we get depends on time and student’s level of expertise.]


General overview of computer hardware:

  • RAM (memory)
  • Hard disk
  • Processor
  • Optical drives, etc.
  • Mouse vs. trackball; one-button vs. two-button

Understanding where your files are:

  • Folder hierarchies
  • Understanding the “Open/Save dialog box”
  • General “getting around the system” tips, etc.

Overview of Internet-specific software programs:

Internet Browsers; usage & tips:

  • Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc.
  • Learning to “google”
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Internet safety/security

General email usage & tips:

  • Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Entourage, etc.
  • Quoting, forwards, etc.
  • “To”, “CC” and “BCC” fields, and how to use them

Other possible topics, depending on time and student’s interests:

  • Backing up your data
  • Digital music, iTunes, and iPod/other digital music players
  • How to shop for a new computer
  • Other stuff as needed?

Helpful links

Great sites for general OS X info:

Top-notch source for real help books:

Excellent Mac-oriented electronic books:
[coupon code for 10% off of any of their e-books: CPN31208MUG]

Troubleshooting sites:

Computer shopping sites:

My favorite sites for buying hardware:

Great overall site for reviews of both products and retailers: