This tip could
definitely be classified as rudimentary to some, but I thought it would be handy to shed some light on a folder in the
Home directory that is rarely opened by many users: the Library. For those who sometimes wonder things such as where
Safari stores your bookmarks or where Mail.app keeps all those messages you never reply to, your Library folder is
calling your name. The Library in your Home folder is where Mac OS X stores all the data you enter into almost any and
every application you use. Take a look at ~/Library/Safari, for example (the (~) stands for your Home folder). In there
is just about everything Safari stores for you, including your bookmarks and history. There are plenty of other handy
folders to check out in your Library, such as the Fonts folder which stores all the fonts you install, but I think the
real meat of the Library is the Application Support folder. This is where most applications will store their
information, such as Adium extras, Camino/Firefox bookmarks, NetNewsWire subscription information and the database file
iWeb uses to create your website.
The Library is where (almost) all of it happens boys and girls, so take a look around. There are a lot of handy folders in there, but more importantly: in addition to the rest of the folders in your Home directory, the Library is one of the most vital to back up. So feel free to look around and familiarize yourself with your Library, the "guy behind the guy" of your Mac OS X Home directory.