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Mac OS X Bible Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0764543999 ISBN-10: 0764543997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 922 pages
  • Publisher: Visual (February 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,710,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"An indispensable tool for anyone looking to get the most value out of this powerful update to the Mac OS."
—Jason D. O'Grady, Editor, O'Grady's PowerPage
  • Master the latest features of OS X Panther, including Exposé®, FileVault, SafariTM, and iDisk
  • Elevate your photography and video to the next level with digital lifestyle applications
  • Harness the power of Unix® to dramatically improve performance and security

If Mac OS X Panther can do it, you can do it too...

Whether you're new to Mac OS X or a Panther pro, this totally revised and enhanced edition of the classic Mac OS reference gives you everything you need to install and manage the latest version of this highly reliable,versatile, and powerful operating system. From comprehensive installation instructions and tips on how to enhance your workspace to sharing files on a network, surfing the Web at high speed, and editing your own videos, everything you need to master Panther is in this definitive reference!

Inside, you'll f ind complete coverage of Mac OS X Panther

  • Follow the best strategy for installing OS X on your computer
  • Explore the Aqua GUI, interact with window controls, and set up your desktop
  • Connect to the Internet and start surfing with Safari, the fastest browser for the Mac
  • Store and share files over the network while using the latest security tools
  • Talk face-to-face using high quality Internet video conferencing with iChat AV
  • Download and listen to MP3 audio files, shop the iTunes® Music Store, and manage a music library
  • Choose the best utility software to enhance your system
  • Run your older applications in Classic mode and use the new versions of Sherlock® and QuickTime®
  • Tap the power of Unix to develop your own applications and dramatically improve the security of your network

About the Author

Samuel A. Litt is an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator as well as a member of the Apple Solutions Experts program. He has provided Macintosh service and support for a diverse client base, including the Computer Investigations unit at the NYPD, Ralph Lauren, Swatch, Messener Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer, Time Warner, MTV Networks, Hearst Publishing, Scholastic Publications, and TBWA/Chiat/Day. He is currently Director of IT for the Blue Rock Editing Company — Manhattan’s premier post-production editorial company. His works published to date include the Mac OS X Administration Basics Exam Cram as well as several articles for Element K’s Mac Administrator Journal.

Kevin Boland is a former Apple Senior Systems Engineer. He has worked as a Systems Analyst, Macintosh Systems Administrator, and Technical Consultant with Mac-based companies in the New York City area, including Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Siegel and Gale, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, Phillip Morris USA, and Bantam Doubleday Dell. He has been proud to use Macintosh computers intensively since their introduction in 1984.

Craig Zimmerman has actively pursued his passion for technology and communication since he was 13 years old. His career started as SYSOP of Apple Castle, a BBS for Apple II enthusiasts. He later worked a Chiat/Day, where he helped build the world’s most famous virtual advertising agency, managing and networking UNIX and Macintosh systems in multiple offices. Currently, Craig manages both UNIX and Macintosh systems for Spontaneous, a top post-production company in New York City.

Thomas Clancy, Jr. attended Queens College (CUNY) and received his bachelor’s degree in European history. Tom’s love of computers blossomed into a great career, especially under the guidance of Sam Litt as his diabolical mentor and manager. Tom is one of the three founding partners of Valiant Technology LLC, a consulting and support company, along with Douglas Heyman and Gene McMurray. Tom currently lives in New York with his wife Alice and their two cats, Zeta and Mo. Tom would like to point out that he is NOT related to “the” Tom Clancy, although he is happy to be related to another Tom Clancy, Sr., his dad, a New York City Firefighter (which is a better job than “world-famous-author” any day, although the pay isn’t as good).

Douglas Heyman is a longtime Mac user, having cut his teeth on the venerable System 6. Early in his career, Doug worked as a writer and managing editor on numerous literary projects. Shifting his focus to technology, he spent the next few years as in-house IT staff for a major New York advertising agency and then in the IT consulting world working for a leading Apple Authorized Service Provider. He currently works as a founding partner of Valiant Technology, a New York–based technology solutions provider. Born and raised in New Jersey, he resides in Hoboken with his loving wife, Suzanne.

Warren G. Gottlieb has been using Macs since 1988. It all started when his dad brought a Mac home one day after having enough to do with PCs, even before Windows was around. A Macintosh was later purchased for him under the guise of having it used for schoolwork, yet in actuality it was a (successful) attempt to foil his television watching. When Warren was in college he was more likely to be found helping friends with their Macs and working at the Help Desk than doing his assigned schoolwork. Eventually his propensity for interacting with people and their Macs led him to spend several years working at two of the top Macintosh tech houses in New York City, as a full time specialist and consultant. Warren would like to coin the term “Mac Factor” as a statement defining the influence of Macintosh culture on individuals, and this feels like a good place to do so. Warren was born and raised in Queens, New York, where he currently resides.


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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. on February 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book yet on ANY version of OS X, and lives up to the Bible name. Its combination of reader-friendliness and comprehensiveness in unparalleled as far as I can tell. The writing is straightforward, complete, and extremely well organized, with Unix coverage that seems to be useful rather than "geeky" (which makes me actually want to get into that stuff). I've only had this for a couple of days and it's already saved me time and hassle with setting up my home network. Wow! Nice job, guys!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book the other day just to have as a Panther reference and ended up being hooked for a few hours on the living room couch browsing through most of Part IV on "Making the Most of Mac OS X." The best word I can think of to describe the coverage is "illuminating"! Sam Litt and co. obviously have a bead on how Mac users really think and work, and they haven't missed much here. If only all Mac books were this thorough and well written!
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert L. Bassak on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Don't let the size of this monster fool you. I have so far found it to be useless and am returning it and buying Mac OS X Panter (Visual QuickStart Guide) instead. The way I judge books of this kind is to take a real problem and go to the index. If what I want is there, and leads me to the answer, that's a good sign. If not, it's not. For example, as an experienced Mac owner moving from OS 9.2 to X, I needed to know the significance of rebuilding the desktop in 9; I was having problems launching 9 apps from X and thought rebuilding would solve the problem. The hernia inducing "bible" had nothing to say on the subject. This happened repeatly as I tried to wend my way to becoming comfortable with X.

Then I found Mac OS X Panter (Visual QuickStart Guide) in an Apple store. Smaller, cheaper, and yes, complete with a helpful page on the signficance of rebuilding OS 9 applications when moving to OS X. The bottom line: When it comes to the Mac OS X Bible, size is nothing but a pain. Don't say you weren't warned.
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