Mac OS X:  The Missing Manual

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missing 7 chapter after 4th paragraph

There is no chapter 7 in Table of Contents AUTHOR: Fixed in 2nd printing {P. 294} Note: Second sentence is erroneous and should read "Still, Key Caps is the only way to get an at-a-glance overview of every symbol you can make with different keystrokes." Reason: Fonts can contain thousands of symbols and Character Palette, not Key Caps, is the only way to access all of them. AUTHOR: Fixed in 2nd printing (P. 295) para 2: Add sentence at the end "For many fonts you will also need to change the keyboard to access more of the characters." Reason: If you leave the keyboard set to English, all keycaps can see are the first characters in a given font, which are almost always Roman. To see Hebrew letters in Hebrew fonts on Key Caps, you need to have the keyboard set to Hebrew, etc. AUTHOR: Fixed in 2nd printing 426 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: as described on page 322. It now reads: as described on page 330. --------------- 554 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: a program like Wipe Away It now reads: a program like Wipe Creator --------------- 573-583 (Typo or formatting problem) [minor indentation and capitalization problems corrected]

Anonymous    Jan 01, 2002
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2nd from the bottom paragraph

Second Edition: In the sentence preceding the final paragraph, it says: " Yet here is again, in what's supposed to be the world's most modern and advanced operating system." The beginning of this sentence obviously should say, "Yet here it is again?" The word "it" is missing from your book. AUTHOR: Fixed in 4th printing 15 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: and click Connect It now reads: and click Log In --------------- 19 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: If you add the Option key as you choose from this menu, the first window doesn't close as you open the second. It now reads: If you add the Option key after opening this menu, the first window doesn't close as you open the second. --------------- 20 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: concept much father. It now reads: concept much farther. --------------- 25 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: The next chapter describes this fascinating new Mac OS X element in great detail. It now reads: Chapter 3 describes this fascinating new Mac OS X desktop-window element in great detail. --------------- 38 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: choose ViewShow View Options [ should appear as an arrow] --------------- 64 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: You don't have without wait until It now reads: You don't have to wait until --------------- 73 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: also as shown in Figure 3-1 It now reads: as shown in the box on page 75. --------------- 74 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: To remove a button, It now reads: To remove a Dock icon, --------------- 75 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: As shown in Figure 3-1, for example, It now reads: As shown here, for example, ---------------

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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The text used to read: Note: A series of minor, no-new-features updates followed, including 10.1.1 (improvements in USB and FireWire, printing, camera compatibility, CD burning, etc.), 10.1.2 (better DVD playback, USB and FireWire compatibility, and so on). The Software Update feature (page xx) is designed to notify you automatically when they become available. It now reads: Note: A series of minor, no-new-features updates followed, including 10.1.1 (improvements in USB and FireWire, printing, camera compatibility, CD burning, etc.), 10.1.2 (better DVD playback, USB and FireWire compatibility, and so on), and 10.1.3 (still more hardware compatibility updates and bug fixes). The Software Update feature (page 203) is designed to notify you automatically when they become available. ------------------ 19 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: If you add the Option key after opening this menu, the first window doesn't close as you open the second. [Cut that line] ------------------ 20 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Add the Option key if you want to close the outgoing window in the process. It now reads: Add the Option key if you want to switch into "Old Finder Mode" in the process (see page 25). ----------------- 20 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: "For example, if you [Apple-key-symbol]-click a background window's close button, Mac OSX registers your click, closes the window and never even takes you out of your current window or program" It now reads: (Note, by the way, that you don't need the Apple key to close a background window. Just click its close button normally. Mac OS X closes the window without taking you out of your current window or program.) ----------------- 23 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: "Those same keys also slow down the un-minimizing animation, the one you see when you click a window icon in the dock to restore it to full size." It now reads: The Shift key also slows down the un-minimizing animation, the one you see when you click a window icon in the dock to restore it to full size. --------------- 45 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Press the power button on your flat-panel Apple screen. (If doing so just puts the Mac tos leep, you may have to visit h Energy Saver pane of System Preferences; see page 195.) It now reads: Note: If you have a flat-panel Apple screen, pressing the power button doesn't summon the "Are you sure you want to shut down?" box; it simply puts the Mac to sleep. --------------- 45 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Once the Shut Down dialog box appears, you can press the S key instead of clicking Shut Down, R for Restart, or Esc for Cancel, if you like. It now reads: Once the Shut Down dialog box appears, you can press the S key instead of clicking Sleep, R for Restart, Esc for Cancel, or Enter for Shut Down. --------------- 55 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: A Mac OS X icon's name can have up to 256 letters and spaces It now reads: A Mac OS X icon's name can have up to 255 letters and spaces --------------------------- 69 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: Tip: The icon at the upper-left corner of the General Information panel is double-clickable. You can use it to open whatever it is you're examining, whether it's a program, document, disk, folder, alias, or whatever. Cut this tip. --------------- 107 (Update) The text used to read: (Unfortunately, there's still no keyboard equivalent for "clicking," so there's actually not much value to this one.) It now reads: Then just tap the Space bar to "click" the highlighted button. --------------- 142 (Update) Insert this tip: Big fat tip: If you have both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X installed on the same hard drive (technically, the same volume), and you last started up from Mac OS 9, you can skip these steps. Use this shortcut instead: Just hold down the letter X key down while the Mac is starting up. You'll go straight to Mac OS X. --------------- 192 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: setting a low resolution (see page 192) is one solution It now reads: setting a low resolution (see the next page) is one solution --------------- 194 The text used to read: If you have a choice here at all, this pop-up menu lets you adjust how many thousand times per second your screen image is repainted It now reads: If you have a choice here at all, this pop-up menu lets you adjust how many times per second your screen image is repainted. --------------- 239 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: to keep Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X on different "disks," as described on page 140 It now reads: to keep Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X on different "disks," as described on page 142 --------------- 282 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Once you've set up more than one account, the dialog box shown in Figure 11-5 appears It now reads: Once you've set up more than one account, the dialog box shown in Figure 11-1 Appears --------------- 296 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: DHCP stands for dynamic post control protocol, and means "make up a new IP address every time I try to connect to another computer." It now reads: DHCP stands for dynamic host control protocol, and means "issue me a new IP address every time I try to connect to another computer." --------------- 298 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Use the Users & Groups control panel." It now reads: Use the Users & Groups tab of the File Sharing control panel." --------------- 310 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: The Built-in, One-Way Way: SAMBA It now reads: The Built-in, One-Way Way: SMB --------------- 400 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: orphaned home directory of a deleted account, described on page 400 It now reads: orphaned home directory of a deleted account, described on page 281 --------------- 416 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: a glance at man5 crontab shows you how It now reads: a glance at man 5 crontab shows you how --------------- 465 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: .vcf. A "business-card" le; see page 477. It now reads: .vcf. A "business-card" le; see page 478. ---------------

Anonymous    Mar 01, 2002
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3rd paragraph

Some bulleted items that follow start with "they." As it now reads,the antecedent for "they" seems to be "nuances," but that is clearly not what you mean. CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING PRINTING NUMBER14 17 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: You may notice that icons and Mac OS X are much larger It now reads: You may notice that icons in Mac OS X are much larger ---------------

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Page 26
Bottom callout (Multiple views, same folder)

Each view of a folder maintains its own selected item. The selection can be and most likely is different for each view. NOTED IN 14TH PRINTING

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Page 27
last paragraph

Switching between "Jump to Next Page" and "Jump to Here" does not affect any windows--even new windows--in any running program. Only after the program is restarted does it register the change in scrolling behavior. This applies to the Finder as well; you have to Log Out and Log In to see the effect of your changes in the General panel. CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Page 52
fifth paragraph

It reads "Within the folder that bears your name... Except as noted, you're free to rename or delete them..." . Error: the Desktop folder isn't the only one that shouldn't be deleted or renamed, but it is the only one noted as such. CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING PRINTING NUMBER14 69 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: Here's where you can view and edit the name of the icon It now reads: Here's where you can view the name of the icon ---------------

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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First paragraph

This paragraph appears to indicate that "Comments" is one of the kinds of information one can search for in the Find Program. I am running OS 10.2.1. In addition to the "File Name" and "Contents" boxes which appear automatically, when I open the "Add Criteria" pop-up menu, only six other options appear, "Date Created," "Date Modified," "Kind," "Size," "Extension," and "Visibitily." There is no option for "Comments." I notice that the listed items add up to eight, which is the number of options mentioned on page 84 paragraph 3 and the number of options displayed in the illustration Figure 2-15 on page 83. I notice, however, that in the "Add Criteria" pop-up menu, there appears to be a space for a missing option between "Size" and "Extension." Do some versions of OS X have the "Comments" option and others do not, or is this a mistake? AUTHOR: The "Comments" paragraph on page 86 is indeed a mistake, which I'm removing from this reprint. 95 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: see pages 249 and 507 It now reads: see pages 247 and 507 --------------- 96 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: show Choose Package Contents It now reads: choose Show Package Contents --------------- 103 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: and turn off "Always show file extensions." It now reads: and turn on "Always show file extensions." --------------- 110 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: as Figure 4-9 illustrates It now reads: as Figure 4-10 illustrates --------------- 114 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: this dialog box lacks the New Folder button, Add to Favorites button, Save button, file name field, and so on It now reads: this dialog box lacks the New Folder button, Save button, file name field, and so on --------------- 125 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: whose name ends with the letters .dmg (see page 125). It now reads: whose name ends with the letters .dmg (see page 237). --------------- 137 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Startup Disk, TCP/IP, Trackpad, and Web Sharing It now reads: TCP/IP, Trackpad, and Web Sharing ---------------

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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Page 147
UP TO SPEED - The Color Picker

This isn't exactly errata; but something that you seemed to have missed. When talking about the new Color Picker, there are several things that I find exciting; but you don't mention. For instance, "Image Palettes" isn't just a cloudy rainbow. You can put any image you want in there, and pick colors from it even if it's not on your desktop. To do it, just click the Palette button at the bottom (under the picture.) A menu will drop down, letting you choose a new image from anywhere on your disks, or your clipboard. You can also remove, rename, or copy the existing image. I'm sure that you can imagine the implications of being able to do this! Also, you can make your own color swatches, and store them in the "drawer" at the bottom, (which expands when you drag the two little horizontal "handle" lines.) All you have to do is drag from the large color swatch at the top to any of the little squares at the bottom. To remove them, just drag an empty one over the one you want gone. Or you can drag a different color into a square, if you just want to replace the one that's there, or rearrange them. Color Palettes aren't just canned sets; you can make your own. All you have to do is go to the Palette section, and choose "New" from the List menu under the swatch window. You can also name the palette, or remove it if you don't need it any more. You can add colors to your palette by either dragging a color from the swatches at the bottom or the current color swatch at the top, or by choosing "new" from the Color menu below the named colors, which automatically adds the current color. You can name the colors, remove them, or find the one you want by name from the Color menu, too. As you make them, they seem to be automatically saved as Macromedia Flash Color Tables in your Home/Library/Colors folder. You can open any Flash Color Tables by using "Open" in the List menu. So you can give a table of the colors for a project to everyone working on it, and they can use them very easily, no matter what program they are working in. (I'm sure you can see how important that is.) In short, the color picker has really become extremely useful for those of us who are graphic artists. I think it's worth mentioning, especially since you have to do some digging to find out what you can do with it. AUTHOR: Added to this printing. 151 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: Tip: The CDs you can burn in the Finder are Mac-only. If you want to burn CDs that play equally well in Windows, you need a program like Toast (www.roxio.com). [delete the tip] --------------- 152 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: Top right: Specify your name and password, if necessary. It now reads: Top left: Specify your name and password, if necessary. If this box doesn't appear, then you may need to add the PC's workgroup name, such as MSHOME, to the address you typed in the second dialog box. The full address might look like this: smb://MSHOME/Dell4100/Drafts. --------------- 159 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: you should be able to see how you it could save you time It now reads: you should be able to see how it could save you time --------------- 174 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: (Whoever wrote this particular description didn't know how the difference It now reads: (Whoever wrote this particular description didn't know the difference --------------- 214 (Update) The text used to read: This pop-up menu specifies what should happen automatically when you connect the camera to the Mac. Usually you'll want Image Capture itself to open, which is precisely what Mac OS X proposes. But if your camera came with a specialized downloading application, you can identify it using this pop-up menu. It now reads: This pop-up menu specifies what program should open automatically when you connect the camera to the Mac. Usually you'll want Image Capture itself to open, or better yet, Apple's free iPhoto program. But if your camera came with a specialized downloading application, you can identify it using this pop-up menu. --------------- 215 (Update) Add this text: iPhoto This remarkable (and free) new "I" program debuted in January 2002 as a worthy successor to iMovie, iTunes, and iDVD. When you connect a USB camera and click Import, the program automatically sucks the pictures in to your Mac, whereupon you can rotate, crop, organize, sort and print them. The best part may be the Book feature, which lets you design and order a hardbound, linen-covered, professionally printed picture book for as little as $30. It comes to you by mail in about a week. --------------- 221 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: RTFD. RTDF, a strange and powerful variant It now reads: RTFD. RTFD, a strange and powerful variant --------------- 230 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: That entails installing a $100 AirPort card installed in your Mac It now reads: That entails installing a $100 AirPort card in your Mac --------------- 251 (Update) The text used to read: which Apple sells for $10 each It now reads: which Apple sells for $5 each --------------- 289 (Update) The text used to read: Unless you intervene, everybody else who uses this Mac will be able to peek into everything in every new folder you create. It now reads: Unless you intervene, everybody else who uses this Mac will be able to peek into everything in every new folder you create (unless its inside a folder that is, itself, off-limits). --------------- 292 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: (Just repeat steps 1 and 2 on the previous page. In step 3, choose Security -> Enable Root User. It now reads: (Just repeat steps 1 and 2 on the previous page. In step 3, choose Security -> Disable Root User. --------------- 295 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: like the one illustrated in Figure 12-2 It now reads: like the one illustrated in Figure 12-3 --------------- 295 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Network icon (Figure 12-2) It now reads: Network icon (Figure 12-3) --------------- 295 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: You can use instead another AirPort-equipped Mac that you've configured, using the AirPort Setup Assistant, to serve as a software-based base station. It now reads: You can use instead an AirPort-equipped Mac OS 9 machine that you've configured, using the AirPort Setup Assistant, to serve as a software-based base station. (As of Mac OS X 10.1.2, you cant set up a Mac OS X Mac to be a software base station.) --------------- 376 (typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: remember that capitalization matter It now reads: remember that capitalization matters --------------- 386 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: but they're even more are available (and useful) It now reads: but even more are available (and useful) --------------- 424 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: sky's the limit (see Figure 17-3). It now reads: sky's the limit (see Figure 17-2). --------------- 425 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: illustrated instructions (Figure 17-4) It now reads: illustrated instructions (Figure 17-3) --------------- 426 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: graphic in place (Figure 17-5). It now reads: graphic in place (Figure 17-4). --------------- 426 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: clock face (Figure 17-6), It now reads: clock face (Figure 17-5), --------------- 428 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: display shown in Figure 1-7-7. It now reads: display shown in Figure 1-7-6. --------------- 439 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Shareware programs like BrickHouse and Firewall It now reads: Shareware programs like BrickHouse and Firewalk --------------- 440 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: using the AirPort Setup Assistant (available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X), It now reads: using the AirPort Setup Assistant for Mac OS 9, ---------------

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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Page 230
last paragraph, first line

add 'r' to "Apple System Profile" CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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penultimate paragraph

not Apple Launcher; Applet Launcher CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Tip, last sentence

not Apple Launcher; Applet Launcher CORRECTED IN 14TH PRINTING

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Page 289
Caption for Fig 9-15, last two words.

The text says "click OK" - but there is NO "OK" button, as can be seen from the figure itself! I honestly do not know what the correct text should be. In my own case, I fumbled around for about 15 minutes, re-formatting/partitioning my drive three times before I finally got what I wanted. But I don't know what I did different that third time. There is also a fudamental interface issue with this dialog box, and I suggest some explanation or warning. The default is for "Install Mac OS 9 Disk Drivers" to be checked (as shown) in the "Partition" tab, but unchecked in the "Erase" tab. So which takes priority? The interface issue is: How do I know if the information entered under all tabs is executed or just those under the active tab? It seems to be different in different tabbed dialog boxes. AUTHOR: Fixed in 5th printing 369 The text used to read: Figure 6-3: Top left: Begin by sharing certain folders on the Windows machine. Top right: In the Connect to Server box, type out the network address of the folder you want to access from the Mac. Top left: Specify your name and password, if necessary. If this box doesn't appear, then you may need to add the PC's workgroup name, such as MSHOME, to the address you typed in the second dialog box. The full address might look like this: smb://MSHOME/Dell4100/Drafts. Bottom right: Like magic, the Windows folder shows up on your Mac screen, ready to use! It now reads: Figure 6-3: Top left: Begin by sharing certain folders on the Windows machine. Top right: In the Connect to Server box, type out the network address of the folder you want to access from the Mac. If the shared folder name contains spaces (My Documents), leave them out (MyDocuments). Bottom left: Specify your name and password, if necessary. If you just get an error message, then you may need to add the PCs workgroup name, such as MSHOME, followed by a semicolon, to the address you typed in the second dialog box. The full address might look like this: smb://MSHOME;Dell4100/Drafts. Bottom right: Like magic, the Windows folder shows up on your Mac screen, ready to use!

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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Page 295
"Change the Key Caps font"

Well. I don't know if it's that serious, but it's certainly a real problem. You state "...Key Caps lets you see the characters lurking within any installed font;..." Not true. Some fonts yes, some fonts no. I don't know why. Discussion in the Apple Disussion Forum suggests it has something to do with "keyboads" but I don't understand it. All I know is that many of my fonts do not show up correctly in Key Caps under OS-X. The obvious one is the Symbol font. It's true of my math fonts, too, and even some relatively standard english alphabet fonts. The sad thing is that Key Caps pretends to work (there are usually no error messages or other warnings), but does not (it shows the standard keyboard character in some other font), so things just get frustrating. When I select Symbol font I sometimes get a warning that "some" of the characters might not show up correctly, but the warning is not consistent (in that the warning does not always appear) or accurate (it's not "some" of the characters, but "most" of the characters, that show up incorrectl! y.) The work-around is to use Key Caps in Classic. AUTHOR: Fixed in 5th printing

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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Page 296
2nd paragraph

"DHCP Stands for dynamic post control protocol" should read: "DHCP stands for dynamic host configuration protocol"

Anonymous   
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Page 420
4th par

Your text promisses a free download of TinkerTool at www.missingmanuals.com. It's not there, thanks, or at least I cannot find the "software page". CORRECTED - AVAILABLE THRU "MISSING CD-ROM" LINK PRINTING NUMBER14 444 (Update) Insert this before the graphic: Read This First: In September 2002, Apple discontinued the free iTools service-and replaced it with something called .Mac, which, much to the dismay of many Mac fans, costs $100 per year. The iDisk now holds 100 MB instead of 20, and the name has changed from iTools to .mac. Otherwise, except for the name and fee changes, the features described in the following pages still work as described. ---------------

Anonymous    Sep 01, 2002
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Box at bottom of page on Shells. First line of last paragraph.

Reads: "You can open additional Terminal windows (36 max)..." Either it is a typo or the limit has changed in 10.2.2, but I can open 46 terminals before I get a "Resource temporarily unavailable" meesage. AUTHOR: Fixed in 4th printing 455 The text used to read: Free, Web-based servers like Hotmail and Yahoo It now reads: Free, Web-based servers like Hotmail --------------- 473 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: phrase you want Entourage to watch out for It now reads: phrase you want Mail to watch out for --------------- 476 (Minor technical error) The text used to read: You'll find it Mac OS X's little-black-book program It now reads: You'll find Mac OS X's little-black-book program --------------- 492 The text used to read: You can al search It now reads: You can also search --------------- 507 (Typo or formatting problem) [bad line wrap fixed] --------------- 520 (Minor technical error) Add this entry: Key Caps The new Mac OS X version is in the Applications -> Utilities folder. --------------- 528 [replace screenshot with About This Mac dialog box] --------------- 571 (Typo or formatting problem) The text used to read: Disk Copy, 236 It now reads: Disk Copy, 237 --------------- 575 (Update) Add this entry: iPhoto, 214-215 ---------------

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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5th paragraph

it's not your error but apple's: it seems that the feature that automatically added an address book photo to email messages for some reason doesnt work in jaguar. you describe it well but it apparantly only worked in 10.1 (there's lots of complaints about this in apple's discussion boards and nothing but silence on the part of the apple moderators) AUTHOR: Fixed in 3rd printing

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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8th paragraph, "Start by following steps 1-4..."

It should be noted here that there is no "Options" button displayed when installing from the OS 10.2 _upgrade_ disk. In fact, it does not seem possible to do a clean install from the 10.2 Upgrade disk. AUTHOR: Fixed in 4th printing

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002
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Figure

The figure is labeled "C-1". It should be labeled "A-1". AUTHOR: Fixed in 4th printing

Anonymous    Feb 01, 2002