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Mac OS X Hacksby Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway
Synopses & Reviews
Mac OS X Hacks reflects the real-world know how and experience of those well steeped in Unix history and expertise, sharing their no-nonsense, sometimes quick-and-dirty solutions to administering and taking full advantage of everything a Unix desktop has to offer: Web, Mail, and FTP serving, security services, SSH, Perl and shell scripting, compiling, configuring, scheduling, networking, and hacking. Add to that the experience of die-hard Macintosh users, customizing and modifying their hardware and software to meet their needs: System Preferences, GUI mods and tweaks, hardware tips, vital shareware and freeware, AppleScript, AppleTalk and equivalents, keyboard modifiers, and general Macintosh-style tomfoolery.
"This book is a compendium of Mac OS X hacks in the old sense of the word: tips, tricks, and tools which do all sorts of neat things. The collection is aimed firmly at a user who approaches his Mac from the point of view of a sysadmin...The book will appeal mostly to people want to do more than just edit words or graphics, who want to be power users of OS X." Netserfer Digest
"Mac OS X Hacks, written by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway, contains an even 100 tips, tricks, and scripts developed by Mac OS X power users and Unix hackers. Each hack can be ready through in a few minutes, and this compilation provides a cornucopia of hands-on solutions that can be applied by either first-time or longtime users, and is targeted at everyone from home users to Corporate IT personnel and anyone in between who has a hankering to get more out of OS X...There is plenty of interesting and useful stuff in this book, and if you are the type of Mac user who likes to proverbially dive under the hood and get your hands dirty, you will find that it more than justifies its modest $24.95 price tag." Charles Moore, Applelinks
"Every so often I see something jaw-dropping yummy... Such a phrase can also describe the reader's experience with a book from O'Reilly entitled Mac OS X Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools." Terry Pollard, South Mississippi Mac User Group
"Mac OS X Hacks...is stuffed full of very useful suggestions to improve your OS X skills...The varying range of hack sophistication and difficulty is one of the best aspects of this book: you can start with the easy tips, move on to the moderate tricks, and hope someday you'll be geeky enough to work the magic of the most exotic Unix-based feats of skill and daring...Mac OS X Hacks is a book you can live with for a long time...MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5." David Weeks, MyMac.com
"Finally?a publisher that understands 'hack' isn't a bad word. This book is just a collection of damn cool things. I'm the kind of guy who looks for all the sidenotes and tips in computer books because usually I don't have time to read 500+ pages of stuff I already half know. I just want the meat...The nugget...The hacks...This book is simply a collection of the 'good stuff' that's in other OS X books. What is amazing is that this book is nearly 400 pages (and it's all the good stuff)...If you're a power user, this book is invaluable. It's been either on my desk, or on the bookshelf right next to my desk ever since the UPS man came. I write a weekly power user column and I'm going to admit it here in public?this book has made my job easy." Jonathan Gales, Editor and Webmaster, MacMerc.com
Offering a unique collection of tips, tools, and scripts for Mac OS X, this book brings together real-world hands-on information from various quarters not easily found elsewhere.
This volume presents a unique opportunity for combining traditional Unix hacking and Mac OS know-how. Mac OS X Hacks goes beyond the peculiar mix of man pages and not-particularly-helpful Help Centre, pulling the best tips, tricks, and tools from the Mac power users and Unix hackers themselves.
Mac OS X is a marvelous confluence of the user-friendly and highly customizable Macintosh of yesteryear and the power and flexibility of Unix under the hood. Those coming to Mac OS X from previous incarnations of the operating system recognize much of the friendly face of the Macintosh but they are also plunged into a whole new world. Unix converts to Mac OS X find a familiar FreeBSD-like operating system at the core and many of the command-line applications that they're familiar with.This presents a unique opportunity for combining traditional Unix hacking and Mac OS know-how. Mac OS X Hacks goes beyond the peculiar mix of man pages and not-particularly-helpful Help Center, pulling the best tips, tricks, and tools from the Mac power users and Unix hackers themselves.The collection reflects the real-world know how and experience of those well steeped in Unix history and expertise, sharing their no-nonsense, sometimes quick-and-dirty solutions to administering and taking full advantage of everything a Unix desktop has to offer: Web, Mail, and FTP serving, security services, SSH, Perl and shell scripting, compiling, configuring, scheduling, networking, and hacking. Add to that the experience of die-hard Macintosh users, customizing and modifying their hardware and software to meet their needs: System Preferences, GUI mods and tweaks, hardware tips, vital shareware and freeware, AppleScript, AppleTalk and equivalents, keyboard modifiers, and general Macintosh-style tomfoolery.Each Hack can be read easily in a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer. Mac OS X Hacks provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing both those meeting the Mac for the first time and long-time users delving into Mac OS X and its Unix underpinnings.Mac OS X Hacks is the third in O'Reilly's new Hacks Serier which aims to begin reclaiming the term "hacking" for the good guys. In recent years, the term has come to be associated with those nefarious black hats who break into computers to snoop, steal information or disrupt Internet traffic. But the term originally had a more benign meaning, and you'll still hear it used this way whenever developers get together. Our new Hacks books are written in the spirit of the true hackers — the people who drive innovation.
About the Author
Rael Dornfest is a Researcher at the O'Reilly & Associates focusing on technologies just beyond the pale. He assesses, experiments, programs, and writes for the O'Reilly network and O'Reilly publications. Dornfest is Program Chair of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Chair of the RSS-DEV Working Group, and developer of Meerkat: An Open Wire Service. In his copious free time, he develops bits and bobs of Open Source software and maintains his raelity bytes Weblog.
Kevin Hemenway, coauthor of Mac OS X Hacks, is better known as Morbus Iff, the creator of disobey.com, which bills itself as "content for the discontented." Publisher and developer of more home cooking than you could ever imagine, he'd love to give you a Fry Pan of Intellect upside the head. Politely, of course. And with love.
Table of Contents
CreditsForewordPrefaceChapter 1: FilesChapter 2: StartupChapter 3: Multimedia and the iAppsChapter 4: The User InterfaceChapter 5: Unix and the TerminalChapter 6: NetworkingChapter 7: EmailChapter 8: The WebChapter 9: DatabasesColophon
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