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REVIEW: "Mac OS X Bible", Lon Poole/Dennis R. Cohen/Steve Burnett

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    BKMOSXJE.RVW 20031220 Mac OS X Bible , Lon Poole/Dennis R. Cohen/Steve Burnett, 2003, 0-7645-3731-8, U$39.99/C$59.99/UK#27.95 %A Lon Poole %A Dennis R.
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      BKMOSXJE.RVW 20031220

      "Mac OS X Bible", Lon Poole/Dennis R. Cohen/Steve Burnett, 2003,
      0-7645-3731-8, U$39.99/C$59.99/UK#27.95
      %A Lon Poole
      %A Dennis R. Cohen
      %A Steve Burnett
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 2003
      %G 0-7645-3731-8
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O U$39.99/C$59.99/UK#27.95 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764537318/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764537318/robsladesin03-20
      %P 895 p.
      %T "Mac OS X Bible: Jaguar Edition"

      This is a huge, fat, book, and one would think that somewhere in it
      there must be useful information. One would be wrong.

      Part one is about getting to know Mac OS X. Chapter one outlines the
      visible changes to the interface. Basic functions (starting up,
      shutting down, and invoking programs) are in chapter two. The Finder
      and basic objects (programs, files, directories and so forth) are
      reviewed in chapter three. Chapter four outlines interface settings
      and preferences. Chapter five discusses some basic operations with
      respect to files and applications. Too little information on Internet
      connections, the Web, and email, is given in chapter six. Chapter
      seven does not really make clear that Find is for local files, and
      Sherlock is an Internet application. Chapter eight describes the
      interface for the help system.

      Part two deals with basic operations. Chapter nine lists printer and
      queue management screens. There is a confused amalgam of local and
      Internet networking and file transfer in chapter ten. Chapter eleven
      lists some programs that come with the system. A little information
      about fonts is in chapter twelve. Dialogue boxes for video
      applications are printed in chapter thirteen and the same for audio is
      in fourteen. Chapter fifteen notes a number of preferences that can
      be set.

      Part three is supposed to cover more advanced topics. Chapter sixteen
      outlines user account information, but does not deal with the
      underlying structures or command line utilities. Chapter seventeen
      talks about speech applications. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) Both
      ethernet and wireless networking are assumed to work properly without
      any trouble in chapter eighteen. (How likely this is to happen is
      left as an exercise to the reader.) Chapter nineteen tells you how to
      run on file sharing. Chapter twenty tells you how to enable even more
      dangerous network services. An introduction to AppleScript is given
      in chapter twenty one.

      Part four is *also* supposed to cover more advanced topics. Chapter
      twenty two lists more programs included with the system. Chapter
      twenty three lists some shareware. Miscellaneous tips are in chapter
      twenty four. Chapter twenty five gives you enough information about
      the underlying system to be dangerous, and recommends that you keep
      your system clean and backed up. Too little information about UNIX,
      in too much bloated verbiage, is provided in chapter twenty six.

      The advice is banal, the text runs in circles and repeats itself, and,
      overall, this book does not provide much help or assistance to any
      level of user.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKMOSXJE.RVW 20031220

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      I have heard many things like these, miserable comforters are you
      all! Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you
      that you keep on arguing? I also could speak like you if you
      were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and
      shake my head at you. - Job 16:2-4
      http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade
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