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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica Review by [Siracusa, John]
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  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
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  • Publisher: Ars Technica (July 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DHYPR4
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Lion was one of the most significant Mac OS X releases in the past 5 years and John has captured exactly why in this review. If you're a Mac nerd you should buy this and read it immediately.
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