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The Mac OS 9 Guide Paperback – March, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Hayden Book Company Inc; 1st edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789723123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789723123
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,748,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Mac OS 9 may be a minor upgrade from version 8.6, but that doesn't mean you don't need a detailed guide to help you get the most out of it. The Mac OS 9 Guide is a thorough and well-organized manual that tackles all of the intricacies involved in Apple's latest operating system.

Brad Miser first orients you with the Mac OS 9 desktop, straightforwardly guiding you in working with file menus, the Apple Finder, and the control strip. He also does an admirable job of detailing OS 9's newest features, including the Sherlock meta-search tool and the AirPort wireless networking tool.

Miser is at his best, however, when discussing more complex issues, such as how to manage and customize your Mac, offering helpful tips on increasing available memory, partitioning a hard drive, and managing your system folder, for example. He also clearly knows the inner workings of the Mac OS and dispenses advice with great clarity and brevity. His troubleshooting tips are helpful as well, though he has a tendency to make you feel like you're to blame for any problems.

The Mac OS 9 Guide is rather gray and text-heavy--a bit ironic, given OS 9's highly graphical nature. Also, Miser's prose can be as dry as a Texas wind, leaning toward a textbook style. Nonetheless, this is a comprehensive guide to the Mac OS 9, one that will have Mac users working beyond the surface of their machines. --John Frederick Moore

From the Back Cover

The Mac OS 9 Guide provides the practical information you need to use all aspects of your Mac. This book starts with extensive coverage of the Finder and the desktop, and then covers everything you need to surf the Internet. Learn to customize the way your Mac looks and sounds. See how to prevent problems and how to troubleshoot those problems that do occur. Along the way, you'll also have a lot of creative fun with extensive coverage of multimedia applications. And you'll learn everything you need to know about expanding and upgrading Macs with hardware and software additions.

More About the Author

Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being the amazing "i" devices, especially the iPhone and iPod touch, that make it possible to take our lives with us while we are on the move. Brad has written many books including: My iPhone, 6th Edition, including My iPod touch, 3rd Edition; Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion; Sams Teach Yourself iTunes 10 in 10 Minutes; and Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor for more than 50 other titles.

Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

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