Mac OS X: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Released: December 2001
Pages: 600

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 best-selling Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual. His new book shines light on both the broad strokes and the fine points of Mac OS X version 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 best-sellers out of his other books in the Missing Manual series, including Mac OS 9, Windows Me, and iMovie 2.

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Donald W. Larson

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual

Paperback, Third Printing, February 2002, 596 pages

By David Pogue

© Copyright 2002 by Pogue Press, LLC

ISBN 0-596-00082-0

Review written June 23, 2002

By Donald W. Larson, O'Reilly Book Evangelist

Web Site: http://www.timeoutofmind.com/

In February 2002 I moved over from MacOS 9.1 to the new Apple Operating System MacOS X. It's a major change in usage even with a great user interface like Aqua. Although I'm an Apple user since 1981, I knew I would need a great new reference nearby to help me in the transition from old to new. I asked my O'Reilly contact for the book I'll speak to next.

David Pogue's, "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual", is a tremendous help for anyone moving to the new Mac OS. I've met David when he came to a few of my San Diego Macintosh User Group picnics. He's a great guy and a very talented person. One of his talent's is writing and in the titled book, he expresses the new frontier "X" with clarity.

The book has 21 chapters and six appendices. It covers everything I could think of that a beginner or expert user would love to know about 'X". David begins the transition to the new OS from the vantage point of the user viewing the Aqua experience the first time. He traverses the topics of folders and the Dock, which presents the most visible changes in how information is organized on the hard drive.

He writes about how the programs are different and how AppleScript is supported in new ways. An entire chapter is devoted to the concept of discrete users and how those spaces are kept distinct from one another. This bears witness to the underlying Unix operating system that governs the new machine.

Because Unix is available underneath, David takes the time to explain the permissions concept and how to use the Terminal program to explore the depths of Unix and lead us easily into that new realm.

I initially started reading this book straight through back in February. I found the writing style was easy to follow but I kept getting sidetracked with David's suggestions to try his exercises out. Often one thing leads to another and I lost my reading train-of-thought. I enjoyed his style so much I gave up trying to read straight through. I discovered instead his book is a well-written reference book with a story perspective to it.

For the last few months I grabbed for this book every time I needed a fast answer about MacOS X. David maintains a website with up-to-date information and many free or shareware program listings that accompany the book. I now have a pretty good working knowledge of the book's material. I attended the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference last May and I'm glad I had absorbed much of the book by then. Many of the presentations at that conference were clear because of the foundation I had learned from the book.

Everyone using MacOS X needs this book. Thanks David!

Rating 10 out of 10. This rating is my own personal value system and as such is very subjective. I think a rating of 5 means I would read finish reading a book. A rating of 10 would indicate I had trouble putting a book down and have no complaints at all about it.

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Ward Maurer

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Excellent Book!

I have a wall full of Mac books, and this is easily one of the best I've read.

Every page is filled with useful information. No fluff here!

I recommend it highly.

 
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By stef vanstiphout

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This book helped me to overcome the OS X -professionals-fear.

(1 owl less, I didn't install X yet)

 
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Mark

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I knew I was going to need a book on Mac OSX after my recent purchase of a new iMac. I perused the shelves of the Mac section and made this my choice. I am not disappointed. It is so well layed out, readable and friendly that I would recommend this to anyone wanting an excellent guide nearby as one begins their foray into OS X. It is always fun to discover new tricks and functions of OS X,

Well done Dave...

 
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By Martin

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The definitive Mac OS X user guide!

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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Neil Faiman

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Definitely the book that should have been in the box!

I've been using OS X since it was initially released, and reading the Mac web sites and Apple discussion groups all that time. I wouldn't have had to, if I'd had this book available from the start; and even so, I've learned new features from reading it.

The book is worth reading all the way through, and fortunately the writing is readable enough to make that a pleasure rather than a chore. It isn't really comprehensive -- after all, some of the chapters here (such as AppleScript, or using the Unix shell from the terminal) deserve, and have, whole books to themselves -- but it's surprising how much useful information is conveyed even on those subjects.

This comes very close to being a perfect book. It is easily worth the price!

 
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By norb

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This is the best macos x book out there. I have a few of them and have learned more in your book then any other. Thanks and please start one for office x , my son just bought it and needs a great manual.

 
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Mike Scivally

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Great Book!!

David Pouge has done it again! His clear and concise ability to get technical jargon across to the "average Joe" is amazing!! After having the book in hand for 10 minutes, I was able to find answers to questions that have still gone unanswered by Apple. If you have OS X you have to have this book!!

Mike Scivally

 
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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual Review

By Ann

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Fantastic book. Apple should pack it with all the computers they sell. I wish all user manuals were this friendly. It put me at ease with OSX from the very beginning.

I had a G4 with OSX sitting under my desk for about 2 months and I had dabbled with it. I had read all the comments about UNIX based and ROOT LEVEL and ADMINISTRATOR and all those scarey buzzwords the Techies throw around. Then I got OSX the Missing Manual. Now I feel at ease with the OSX not as scared of the unknown. Yes you don't have to be a "Techie" to use OSX

Thanks for a great book.

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Great! Couldn't do without it!

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