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REVIEW: "Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide", Chuck Toporek

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKMCOSXL.RVW 20080418 Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide , Chuck Toporek, 2008, 0-596-52981-3, U$14.99/C$17.99 %A Chuck Toporek %C 103 Morris Street, Suite
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      "Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide", Chuck Toporek, 2008, 0-596-52981-3,
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      %T "Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide"

      Chapter one looks at what is new in the Leopard version of the Mac's
      OS X operating system. The wording is rather odd in places, and,
      unless you are well familiar with previous versions it may be
      difficult to know whether the feature under discussion is completely
      new, or a modification to an existing application. Fundamental
      operating concepts and terms are presented in chapter two, and these
      include some items that may be new to Mac users, some that may be
      important for understanding the overall system, and still others that
      are simply pieces of trivial fluff. Similarly, chapter three's review
      of basic operations has no overt indication of novel functions, and
      mixes vital and insignificant details without clear notice. Figures
      are sometimes separated from explanations by a few pages. Some
      interpretations rely on advanced knowledge of the system, while others
      have no tutorials at all. (Why can't the Spotlight index files that
      haven't been created with graphical tools?) Under Microsoft Windows
      "System" is one of the tools in the Control Panel: chapter four lists
      the various Mac control panels (setup options) that are amalgamated
      into the System Preferences. Chapter five catalogues a number of
      applications and utilities that have been covered in previous chapters
      (without adding any new information). Troubleshooting setup choices
      is dealt with in a "Frequently Asked Questions" style, in chapter six.
      Chapter seven is a list of special characters that can be generated
      using keyboard combinations. (Why they are vital to computer
      operations is not mentioned.)

      For those new to the Mac, or to Leopard, this guide can get you
      started quickly, but the intermediate reader will outgrow it almost as
      fast.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2008 BKMCOSXL.RVW 20080418


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