Item description for Mac OS X Version 10.1 Black Book by Mark R. Bell...
This book goes way beyond the basics with technical references and practical troubleshooting, administrative tools, networking technologies, and more. It is especially designed to get to the heart of networking issues for systems administrators who want to include Mac OS in Windows or Unix environments. It shows readers how to automate tasks remotely over TCP/IP using Applescript. It also covers support for symmetric multiprocessing and Carbon, a set of Mac APIs designed to help software publishers recompile their software to work with the new features of Mac OS X. The book dives into networking and online issues such as Internet access and security, publishing on the Web, Internet applications and utilities. It also explores the new finder and interface enhancements, preemptive multitasking, and protective memory.
Outline Review Apple's OS X is the biggest leap forward in the Mac experience since the shift to color, but because it is a richer, deeper, and more complex operating system than any previous version, the problems associated with it are proportionally more difficult. The Mac OS X Black Book introduces the new OS X user to the interface, tools, and underlying UNIX core at the heart of this old and new operating system, but more importantly, it illustrates how to troubleshoot many of the common problems that new users are likely to find themselves up against.
The book covers almost everything the OS X newbie needs to know, including installation, tweaking the system for improved performance, compatibility with pre-OS X apps (Classic mode) as well as non-Mac networks, connecting to the Internet, printing, and troubleshooting.
The authors never shy away from the fact that OS X is an operating system based on UNIX, and nearly every chapter has at least some reference to the non-Mac underlying structure. We see this as early as chapter 2, where we are told we can view the text version of the startup process as the Mac boots up by holding down CMD+V. In the chapter covering multiple users, we learn about permissions and the importance of the "Root" account. And we even have an appendix that covers using Terminal and UNIX shell commands.
Does all this mean you need to learn UNIX to use OS X? Not at all. But problems do arise from time to time where it can't be avoided. During those times, it's nice to have a "Black Book" on hand to get you through the rough spots. Good illustrations, a clean design, and an approachable written style make this book one of the more valuable OS X references available. --Mike Caputo
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 6.85" Height: 1.89" Weight: 2.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
ISBN 1932111077 ISBN13 9781932111071 UPC 788581070192
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More About Mark R. Bell
Bell is the Webmaster and Macintosh Specialist for the Duke University Office of Information Technology. He married Virginia D. Smith.
Mark R. Bell currently resides in Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina. Mark R. Bell was born in 1975.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mac OS X Version 10.1 Black Book?
A beginner book... Not a "black" book... Mar 12, 2002
I was looking at a great reference book to go far inside MacOS X.... NetInfo is talked about only half a page ! I just have it on my library and will never open it again... :-/
Not for Power Users Mar 2, 2002
I find the book informative and well written, but this is not for power users. It contains beginner information and how to use popular 3rd party utilities. The book lacks depth, and Unix shell is in an appendix. If you are looking for a book to explore the unix side of Mac OS X, look elsewhere. If you are looking on how to set up your user environment and are looking for some possible shareware or 3rd party utilities to enhance your use of OS X, then this is for you.
This book is targeted to the wrong audience. It is an intermediate book. I say skip it.
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Mac OS X Version 10.1 Black Book Mar 1, 2002
This is a good book for any user of Mac OS X. It can be very basic in its instructions and descriptions, but can also prove to be a good reference book for the more advanced user. It you are a complete UNIX nerd, skip it and buy a UNIX specific book. This book should answer many of your OS X questions.
Save your money Feb 27, 2002
If this book is as poorly written as another book by Mark R. Bell then you might as well save your money or buy another Mac OS X 10.1 book by another notable Mac writer. While I haven't read this new edition, I did read his book on Mac OS X which was almost a complete waste of my time. I got more out of reading MacWorld and MacAddict articles on OS X than I got out of his book.