Synopses & Reviews
For personal computer users of every stripe, Mac OS X is a whole new ballgame. It combines Apple's trademark visual elegance with the underlying stability of Unix, which adds up to a rock-solid, gorgeous operating system.
Unfortunately, learning Mac OS X is also whole new ballgame. As author David Pogue notes in his introduction, "Mac OS X" is a misnomer it isn't really the Mac OS at all; there's scarcely a single line of code in common with the tangled, ancient code of the older Mac OS. Hundreds of features have been removed, added, or moved around.
Few in the world are more qualified to guide Mac users through the undocumented jungle of Mac OS X than David Pogue, triple-award-winning former Macworld columnist and author of the bestselling Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual. His new book shines light on both the broad strokes and the fine points of Mac OS X 10.1, including understanding its Unix-like folder structure, setting up an office network, capitalizing on its rich Internet features, and even hacking the real power of the Unix underbelly by summoning the command-line interface. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual also covers each of the control panels and bonus programs that comes with Mac OS X, including iTunes, Mail, Sherlock, and Apache, the built-in Web-server.
For Mac users who have become accustomed to the older Mac OS, Appendix A, the "Where'd It Go?" dictionary, may be worth the price of the book all by itself. It's an alphabetical listing of every feature that was once in Mac OS 9, complete with an explanation of what became of it in Mac OS X.
Through it all, Pogue shows off the refreshing humor, technical insight, and crystal clear, plain-English prose that made number one bestsellers out of his other books in the Missing Manual series, including Mac OS 9, Windows Me, and iMovie 2.
This reference provides a unique perspective on how to use Mac OS X, including its inner workings and design. It provides the information needed for individual Mac users as well as system administrators needing to install and manage networked Macs and developers interested in programming in Mac OS X. 5 illustrations.
The fact that the Mac OS X comes without a printed manual is a real problem, since Mac OS X is so different from the operating system that came before it. Now David Pogue, the number one bestselling Macintosh author, fills the gap with the definitive guide to Mac OS X.
About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with several computer-humor books and a technothriller, "Hard Drive" (a New York Times "notable book of the year"). Pogue is also the creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series of complete, funny computer books, a joint venture with O'Reilly & Associates. Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows XP, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie 2, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is email@example.com.