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REVIEW: "Mac OS X Panther Hacks", Rael Dornfest/James Duncan Davidson

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKMOSXPH.RVW 20050724 Mac OS X Panther Hacks , Rael Dornfest/James Duncan Davidson, 2004, 0-596-00718-3, U$29.95/C$43.95 %A Rael Dornfest %A James
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      BKMOSXPH.RVW 20050724

      "Mac OS X Panther Hacks", Rael Dornfest/James Duncan Davidson, 2004,
      0-596-00718-3, U$29.95/C$43.95
      %A Rael Dornfest
      %A James Duncan Davidson
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 2004
      %G 0-596-00718-3
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$29.95/C$43.95 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596007183/robsladesinterne
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      %O Audience a- Tech 1 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 590 p.
      %T "Mac OS X Panther Hacks"

      The preface says that this book can be used by both the new and the
      experienced Mac user. The novice probably can get something out of
      the text, but it is the advanced Macist who will benefit most. Even
      in the first chapter there are activities requiring the command line,
      whereas access to that command line is not really introduced until
      Hack #91 on page 496.

      There is also some difference in the structure of this work, as
      compared to others in the "... Hacks" series. The "hacks" in this
      volume are not very likely to be "hacks" at all, but rather subtopics.
      A given "hack" may simply be discussing four or five pieces of
      commercial software that might all address a given function.

      Chapter one reviews aspects of the Mac OS X graphical user interface
      (GUI). An awful lot of the content seems to be devoted to installing
      outside software: some commercial, some shareware, and some free.
      Various scripts are in chapter two. Internet communications options
      are described in chapter three: again, most of them involve additional
      software. Chapter four outlines a number of multimedia tricks.
      Outside (and some oddball) hardware is discussed in chapter five.
      Random network ideas are collected in chapter six. Chapter seven
      lists some Web and email servers that can be run on your Mac. Backup
      (and other topics) is reviewed in chapter eight. Administrative
      activities are covered in chapter nine.

      There is a good deal of material in this book. There is probably
      something for everyone. The content does seem to lean heavily towards
      the "cute but useless," but I suppose that utility is in the eye (or
      GUI) of the user. Possibly the best suggestion is not to expect too
      much out of the book, use what you can, and ignore the trivial or
      annoying.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKMOSXPH.RVW 20050724


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