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Mac OS X Little Black Book: A Complete Guide to Migrating and Setting up Mac OS X [Paperback]

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Item description for Mac OS X Little Black Book: A Complete Guide to Migrating and Setting up Mac OS X by Gene Steinberg...

This book is designed for all Mac users in its coverage of the new features of Mac OS X. The book uses a logical, sequential approach with concise overviews and questions then immediate solutions; includes step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting, informative sidebars, plus a quick reference card. The book provides in-depth instructions and tips and techniques on setting up and customizing user preferences and showing you how to set up Mac OS X for multiple users, along with a description of passwords, voiceprints and key chain setups. The book also covers Mac-savvy applications, using older Mac programs under Mac OS X, font management, and backup techniques.

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Mac OS X Little Black Book explains what's new in Mac OS, and offers strategies and tips for making users' machines as useful as possible. The Little Black Book format has two kinds of sections. "Immediate Solutions" sections provide the steps for achieving certain goals ("Running Classic as a Startup Application") and solving problems ("Why Are [E-mail] Messages Scrambled?"). More explanatory material, such as commentary on the newly accelerated sleep and wake functions and a look at the Dock's useful capabilities, appear in "In Brief" sections. Most readers likely will prefer the how-to material--it's easier to follow and generally less obvious.

As is typical of pretty much all books about Mac OS X published to date, though, this book all but ignores Darwin, the operating system's Unix kernel and attendant interfaces and utilities. Gene Steinberg shows how to poke around at the command line and use a couple of utilities for diagnostic and file-system-repair purposes, but that's about it. This book would be better if it more fully embraced the Unix characteristics of Mac OS X, but what's here should more than satisfy intermediate-level Mac users interested in taking advantage of what's new in the latest version of the system. --David Wall

Topics covered: Mac OS X for competent users of earlier versions of Mac OS. Information on use and troubleshooting appears on all major aspects of the operating system except the Unix command shell. Installation, multiuser configuration, local area networking, AppleScript, and Internet connectivity all get attention.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   488
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   1.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph Press
ISBN  1932111026  
ISBN13  9781932111026  
UPC  788581070192  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gene Steinberg, author of 30 books and hundreds of articles on computer-related topics, has been involved with the Mac world since 1984. He is a regular columnist for "" and Gannett News Service and a contributing editor for CNET technology news service, and maintains a Mac support Web site at As a software/systems consultant, Gene's client list included bestselling author Tom Clancy.

Gene Steinberg currently resides in Scottsdale, in the state of Arizona. Gene Steinberg has an academic affiliation as follows - Consultant.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mac OS X Little Black Book: A Complete Guide to Migrating and Setting up Mac OS X?

Not for experienced users  Jun 24, 2002
The title of my review says it all.
Don't Listen to Armchair Critics  Jan 11, 2002
I was really surprised to read a couple of reviews here making absolutely false attacks about this book. A recent one claims there's little more here than in the tiny guide Apple provides. Don't believe it! The Mac OS X Little Black Book tells you how to use each and every preference panel. The Apple guide doesn't. This book tells you how to make Classic work reliably. The Apple guide doesn't. This book tells you how to reinstall Mac OS X without erasing your drive. The Apple guide doesn't. And on and on. I enjoyed this book, because it provides solid information and doesn't just provide material for amusement as some other books (like that "Lost," which is really "Missing Manual" tries to do). I highly recommend Mr. Steinberg's book.
Boring!  Jan 1, 2002
This has to be the ultimate in "worst" Mac Books. It is nothing more than a repetition of the booklet that comes with the OS, more wordy but no more helpful. I subsequently bought the OS X in the "Lost Manual" series (also available on this site) and it was like night and day. Don't waste your money on this one like I did.
Worth every penny!  Nov 11, 2001
I bought this book awhile back, when Mac OS X first came out, and it was a tremendous help in getting me over the rough spots in getting the new system to run on my vintage B&W Power Mac G3.

So when I read a review from some dude who claims, "Between simple experimentation and using Help, you will quickly learn more than you will ever get from reading this book," I stare in disbelief. There is no way that person could have read this book, beyond perhaps a few pages. The information in the troubleshooting section alone is more than worth the price, and it contains information that is definitely NOT in the Help menus, nor something you could just hang out there and figure out for yourself.

I wonder why people trash books when it's clear they never read the book in the first place. I read this book and it's great! And that's all I have to say about the subject.

A waste of money  Nov 7, 2001
After installing MacOS X, I had enough questions and problems that I thought a good introductory book would help. I immediately ordered this book. By the time it arrived, it was already too basic - I'd figured out the things the book claims to cover.

Between simple experimentation and using Help, you will quickly learn more than you will ever get from reading this book.

In addition, the book is padded with information about the
status of various 3rd-party programs running on Mac OS X. This information was obsolete before the book left the printers! To find out about the status of 3rd-party apps, visit Apple's website or the various company websites.


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