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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica Review [Kindle Edition]

John Siracusa
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is no shrinking violet. Unlike its predecessor, Snow Leopard, which concentrated on internal changes, Lion aims to remake the Mac desktop experience in the image of its mobile sibling, iOS. But is this a good thing? John Siracusa gives Apple's new OS his usual thorough consideration.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1686 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ars Technica (July 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DHYPR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer July 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
His reviews are legendary. Be careful if you want to read on a Kindle screen - there are a lot of colour pictures that won't look great on a monochrome screen.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, but formatting is condenastied. July 20, 2011
By Varun
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's something of a running meme that most technically inclined people wait for John Siracusa to turn out a few tens of thousands of words for a review of a new release of Mac OS, before investing in it. If John likes it, he says so; if he doesn't, unlike the millions of other "unbiased reviewers", John simply says so. I cannot even begin to express how deeply in his debt I am for his over-a-decade-long series to help me decide whether to spend $129 (or $29) on the latest and great OS. This review is more of the same excellent writing, insightful commentary and brilliant wit that John has shown in his million+ words on Mac OS X - and if you didn't know earlier whether you wanted to buy it ... well you know now.

But something HORRIBLE happened to Ars Technica a few years ago: they were bought, and not by a company that "got the internet", but by that bastion of early 20th century pulp they continue to pump out: Conde Nast Publications. Articles which were a page long got stretched out over three or more pages; John Siracusa's normally 5-7 page reviews became 30+ pages - all to drive a few additional ad hits. So many people came to read John's reviews - still the gold standard of actually unbiased reporting on Mac OS - though, they decided to monetize it by creating this Kindle ebook. But naturally, Conde Nast, still stuck in 1911, rushed it, so this book features:
-At least four different fonts that all sort of look alike but aren't.
-Six font sizes for no reason at all with no consistency at all.
-A fraction of the pictures that the review on Ars includes
-No attempt to edit the content so that when John writes "see the icon on the right", there is no icon on the right or elsewhere.
-No table of contents.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
John's writings on OS X are the stuff of legends, and this is no different. Hands down the best, most comprehensive writing on the topic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great review, medicre formatting July 21, 2011
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I've been a long-time fan of John Siracusa's incredibly detailed, honest reviews of Mac OS releases, and this one does not disappoint. To people complaining about paying for a review, understand that this is a short book worth of content critically describing the changes in the OS and their implications. Releasing the review as a Kindle book is an acknowledgment of that depth.

All that being said, after buying this Kindle version of the review, I am going back and reading it on the [...] website instead. The review was obviously formatted for the website, with movies, links, mouseover graphics, present and sized appropriately on the website. The translation to the Kindle version is awkward at best. The content is all there, except for the movies, but the formatting is honestly a mess. Page breaks split images from their discussion, or two related images from each other, and the sizing on the images seems somewhat random. There seem to be strange font size or spacing changes on many pages.

I'm happy to support Siracusa's work and Ars Technica with an inexpensive purchase like this, but in retrospect I think the money would have been better spent on a subscription to their website, which will also let you download versions of the review for offline reading, if desired. My review is 5 stars for the content, 3 stars for the Kindle delivery, averaged to 4 overall.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous in-depth review of Lion July 20, 2011
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Already read half of this on the Ars Technica web site. Worth buying if only to support John's hard work and time spent to look at the little things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Article, let down by Kindle Format. July 23, 2011
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The Content of the article itself is wonderful, but the Kindle Format really lets it down.

Save your money and subscribe to Ars Premier instead [...]. You can get PDF, ePub and Mobi formatted documents which work on every other eReader.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly formatted, even worse editing .... August 3, 2011
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seriously, this is the best you can do, ars? the content is perhaps worth a fin ($5) but the formatting suffers from random font size changes, even more random hyphenation (especially on ios devices), typos, grammar errors. pathetic even for a rush job. how about you fix the thing and push it out for free to all those foolish enough to buy it?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siracusa (no Z) is a God! Best Review Yet! July 20, 2011
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This review is the first and last word you need on OSX Lion (yeah John... I know its not "everything you ever wanted to know about Lion... but its more than any mere mortal could ever hope to know and it hits deeply on each and every important point)

My only regret is that John doesn't have a PayPal account set up where I could send $100 directly to him instead of the $5 to Ars. Good on you John, can't wait until the OSX 10.8... (or OS XI?) Review!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing review
I don't know how John Siracusa does it - he's able to write a hundred pages about Mac OS X and still leave me wanting more. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kyle Cronin
3.0 out of 5 stars Beneath lousy formatting lies great content
How do you review... a review?

Because this e-book I'm reviewing is, uncharacteristically, a review of another product, the latest (at the time of this writing) Mac... Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Pierre Lebeaupin
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
This book is about the same as the brief manual that comes with a new mac. There is usually less than a page on any topic and most of the info is more like an advertisement than... Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by R. Foss
5.0 out of 5 stars Techie Insights into MacOS Lion
If you are a techie and want to know why some of the Mac interface has changed or some of the basic arguments and discussions in the community, this is the paper for you. Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by Mack Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of this review's reviews
The customer reviews for this review are lacking in depth and breadth. Someone needs to do a really good, in-depth review of this review. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Nathan Forget
1.0 out of 5 stars $5 for a product review? Is this a Joke?
There were 5 product reviews before this item even became available to the author to tweet about at about 11:55pm EDT. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by rob the computer guy
3.0 out of 5 stars It is missing some things!!
This is my first review and my first ebook purchased for the Kindle.. I like the ebook but (1) there is no index in the ebook and (2) I understand there are some corrections that... Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by David H. Sherman
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John Siracusa has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University. He has been a Mac user since 1984, a Unix geek since 1993, and has spent the last fifteen years as a professional web developer and freelance technology writer. When he's not destroying the Ars Technica CMS with 45,000-word articles, John enjoys gaming, exercising his TiVo, writing open source software, and pining for the pizza and bagels of his childhood home of Long Island, NY. John lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, two children, and an attic full of classic Mac and NeXT hardware.

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Did formatting, screenshots survive the translation?
I had the same concerns, then I discovered I could download a free sample from the link on the right of the product page. I haven't taken the leap and bought the full thing yet--waiting for others to give some more detailed feedback.
Jul 20, 2011 by Brian Schreck |  See all 4 posts
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