- Series: Hacks
- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449325580
- ISBN-13: 978-1449325589
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chris Seibold is an engineer, writer, and cartoonist residing in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an engineer, he has tackled such diverse processes as powder coating and hot dog casing manufacture. As a writer, he has focused on computing and written for a variety of online and traditional media, including serving as Senior Contributing Editor for the Apple Matters web site and contributing hacks to iPod and iTunes Hacks, with a talent for making the complex accessible to the interested but harried user. As a cartoonist, he has produced both cartoon strips and editorials. Chris also managed to spend some time working producing radio shows relating to sports. As soon as he hits television, the trifecta will be complete. Chris lives with his wife, young son, and what is quite possibly the world's dimmest canine. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee but has yet to find work involving frictionless inclined planes.
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I find some tips particularly useful. For example, (a) Preferences for each user are stored in the Home Folder's Library; (b) Using the key combo 'Option-Command-Esc' to launch the Force Quit Applications dialog box; (c) Set a 'firmware password' to protect your Mac against intrusions; (d) Click the 'Wi-Fi' menulet in the Mac's menu bar while holding down the "Option' key displays more information about the W-Fi channel.
Overall conclusion: This work is for users looking for fun more than anything in my opinion.
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book for review as part of O'Reilly blogger program.
I was particularly interested in a lot of the security-related content. The book helped me create a backup, bootable flash drive, patition my drive nondestructively, and copy the Mountain Lion installer to a flash drive. I then encrypted a USB Drive to protect my sensitive files. I also optimized my wifi and double-checked the security. All of these items were hacks in the book and something I hadn't done before in OS X.
I haven't tried it yet, but one hack mentions turning your Mac into a DVR, which would be very fun and useful, too. I'm saving that for another weekend.
I recommend looking at the table of contents before buying, because all the hacks are listed in it. The list will tell you whether the book is worth buying or not. I found the procedures easy to follow, but I have done a lot of these hacks on a PC so that probably helped me on the Mac. If you're pretty comfortable in OS X, I don't think you'll have a problem.
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