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Mac Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for OS X Lion (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – November 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1934356821 ISBN-10: 1934356824 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356821
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author with over ten computing books to his name. A former computer magazine editor, his work has been published and translated around the world, and he has blogged professionally for the MacWorld and PCWorld websites. He previously wrote the best-selling Ubuntu Kung Fu for Pragmatic Bookshelf.


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Keir Thomas is a 100% unofficial Mac and Linux "genius" who writes the kind of books ordinary users value and need. His most recent title is Mac Kung Fu, a collection of over 300 tips, tricks, hints and hacks for the all-new Apple Mac OS X Lion operating system.

The author of more than 10 best-selling computer books, his work has been read by well over 1,000,000 people and translated into many different languages. In addition to Macs, Thomas has also written extensively about Ubuntu Linux, with one of his books winning a Linux Journal award, and he has recently created several $0.99 Kindle ebooks that consistently top the Amazon charts.

In addition to writing computer books, Thomas runs a small poetry publishing press called Puppywolf. He lives in Britain with two cats and counts walking amongst his hobbies.

More more details, see http://keirthomas.com.


Reader reviews of MAC KUNG FU:

"Simply amazing. This is a fantastic book. I've been using Macs since the System 6 days, and I learned several new things reading through and trying these tips. Even very advanced users are going to find something here they didn't know."
-- Patrick Burleson, Owner BitBQ, LLC

"I love how accessible this book is. No fluff, no filler, and no extraneous content to weed through. Just lots of interesting things that I could put into practice immediately."
-- Angela Murtha, IOS Consultant, Girl Meets Bit, LLC

"If Mac customizations are an orange, this book must have squeezed out every last drop of juice there is. I would be surprised if there were more that could be done that this book does not cover."
-- Jon Kurz, President, Dycet, LLC

"This book is easy to read and should be a staple for anyone using a Mac. The tips and tricks are invaluable. There are tips for every user type, from the beginner to advanced users. I would recommend this book to everyone, from my mom to my fellow coworkers."
-- Wesley Matlock, Mobile Team Developer Lead, O.co (also known as overstock.com)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kavanagh on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mac Kung Fu jumps right into unknown tips and tricks utilizing the very helpful
but mostly overlooked Terminal app. The variety of scripts suggested to run in Terminal
will have you feeling like a hacker in no time as you change many of the settings on your Mac.

Various keyboard shortcuts including the shortcuts for common symbols and characters
will noticeably speed up your everyday monotonous tasks.

Terminal hacks and keyboard shortcuts not enough for you?
Automator is also introduced, and I find the batch process of renaming a series of photos particularly helpful.
Also general preference changes are scattered throughout this book, with some of my favorites on using the Spotlight search feature.

This is a clever book with lots of great tips, tricks, hints, and hacks!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angelica2727 on December 8, 2011
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I was blown away by this book. Just awesome. I've been using a Mac since 2008 but I learned all kinds of new things. There's also loads of secret commands that let you totally personalise your Mac. The author does an excellent job of explaining everything in really simple language too. Highly recommended. I don't think there's any other book like this out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TexDr on January 8, 2012
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This book is really good to view several hundred Mac tips that really work. Of the 300 and something tips, I found a little less than half appeal to me, only because they aren't my interest right now, not because the tips aren't any good.I think it's a good little book to have in your library for Macs. It's not something you will be pulling out every day, not will you constantly be leaving the book in the corner. I'd suggest my method. Go though the entire book and highlight the tips you find useful and implement them. If you are pretty technical, you could probably expand these tips for even more personalization

I would buy this book again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2239 on April 4, 2012
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I have been using Macs since 1986 and have read dozens of books about using Macs, and I have found this book extremely useful and informative. I have never read this type of books before.

Usually I only find ten or twenty useful tips out of one hundred tips listed in such kind of books. But this book is full of useful tips. It is true that there are some basic tips (about 20%, maybe) but there are lots and lots of tips that are useful, interesting, and sometimes enjoyable.

Let me give you an example. I did not know that you can drag the document name displayed on the title bar of a document window so that you can open the document with another application. It is very handy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon & Taylor on February 15, 2012
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I consider myself an intermediate-to-advanced Mac user. I've used Macs exclusively at home for 5 years now, and have an iPhone, iPad, iMac along with my MacBook.

Despite my Mac knowledge, I was pleased to learn quite a few tips/tricks that were new to me! Usually if such a book had 4-5 tidbits that I could pick up, I'd stumble my way through the book and consider it a success. I am not completely through this book yet, but from lesson 1 (how to display the iTunes track and artist as a hover window when the track changes) onward, all have been practical and easy to implement. And it is written in such a way that (a) a beginner could understand, and (b) it keeps your attention.

If you're looking for a specific tip or trick, check the table of contents first. But if you're looking to increase your overall Mac proficiency and efficiency, GET THIS BOOK!

Jon
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Thomas on February 15, 2012
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I got this book in hopes that I could further customize my macbook pro. I am a somewhat new user, and I like to know everything about my electronics. This book provides a lot of tips, but 300 is a stretch. Yes Technically it has 300, but some of them are just common sense, or can be found out with just a few preference changes. I was hoping this would have more hacks than tips, but it does not. And, to make matters worse, most of the hacks include a disclaimer that they should not be attempted unless you have great computing experience (which I do) but, I still don't want to mess something up beyond repair, which is basically what they are telling you to do. Also, most of the tips are either stupid (make windows close super slow) or just make the operating system work less efficiently which I think we all can agree, seems pointless. The only useful tip I ended up using was how to change the time in between time machine backups, and I read all of them. This book might have been worth it if they charged 10 or 15 dollars, but certainly not the $35 the publisher charges. Overall, I'm not pleased with this book, and I think it would only be useful for absolute beginners.

UPDATE:
returned book after Author replied to my review with rude comments. I will not support him as he felt he had to try and praise his own book while never explicitly saying he was the author. (see below comments) Will never purchase a book from this author again.
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