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Michael Grothaus is an American author and journalist living in London. After earning his BA in filmmaking in 2000, Michael wrote and directed several children's films, some airing on PBS. After discovering many of Hollywood's dirty little secrets while working for 20th Century Fox, he left and spent five years with Apple as a consultant where his interest in technology grew. Since then, Michael moved to London and earned his MA in Creative Writing. His first novel, Epiphany Jones, is a story about sex trafficking and America's addiction to celebrity. Currently, Michael is a staff writer at Aol's popular tech news site The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW.com), where he writes about all things Mac. He's also a contributing writer to the online men's lifestyle magazine, Asylum.com. When not writing, Michael spends his time traveling Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia. You can reach him at michaelgrothaus.com and twitter.com/michaelgrothaus.
Steve Sande has been a loyal fan of Apple technology since buying his first Mac in 1984. Originally trained as a civil engineer, Steve's career as an IT professional blossomed in the 1990s. A longtime blogger, Steve is an editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW.com) and the author of three books about Apple's iWeb application. He lives with his wife of 31 years in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Dave Caolo spent six years as the IT Director of a Mac-friendly, residential school in rural Massachusetts, and has been writing on the Web since 2001. Today he works for AOL as the Managing Editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (tuaw.com), writing about all things Apple. Dave believes that technology has the power to improve our life at its most important moments, and explores that conviction every day. A native of Scranton, Pa, Dave moved to Cape Cod, Ma in 1994. When he's not writing, Dave can be found kayaking, rooting for the Boston Red Sox and spending time with his wife, two kids and Boston Terrier, Batgirl.
I had high expectations of this book having read the sample chapter, and whilst the sample chapter was short, the resumes of the three authors sounded impressive. So i decided to purchase it. Having gone straight to the place where the sample chapter left off, I was astonished to find that the first illustration of the new Lion login screen is not only not in colour, but it was crooked, and looked like it has been taking with a mobile phone, and a 0.3mb phone at that by the looks of it!
So I decided to flip through some of the images further into the book, and was annoyed to find that *all* images and illustrations throughout the whole of the book are in black and white. I can see why the sample chapter was incomplete, as it had no illustrations or images, and I probably would not have gone ahead and purchased it.
This is not what I expected for a title that costs nearly $25, when other titles at only a few dollars have full colour images. Its bizarre and quite unacceptable in a title that uses a lot of images to graphically reiterate what the text has just described. I mean come off it, it does not cost anymore to take colour images, and even when printed in paper format, the cost of colour does not add that big a difference, and colour is expected nowadays.
Although I have not read the title from cover to cover, I cannot honestly say that this book was worth the price. And as far as the title stating that this will take "...OS X To The Max..", the advice is no better and no worse than any of the other titles I have purchased for this operating system, so i found it a disappointing book.
I love these guys, and this book is really amazing. There's so much information and beautiful screenshots for both brand-new and advanced Mac users! They did a really great job, and I highly recommend it!
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