May 14, 2003
The 500-plus Most Amazing Power Tips for the Mac: O'Reilly Releases "Mac OS X Hints"
Sebastopol, CA--The leading regret held by Mac OS X users--perhaps the
only regret--is the loss of years of accumulated tips and tricks that
make the difference between a mere user and a proficient user or power
user. Many of the former keyboard shortcuts, undocumented
double-clicks, and secret timesavers vanished with the appearance of
Mac OS X 10.2. The new operating system may be a stunning technical
achievement, but it has a personality of its own. Fortunately, Mac OS X
harbors just as many secrets as any system that came before; users just
have to know where to find them. Mac OS X Hints: Jaguar Edition by
Rob Griffiths (O'Reilly/Pogue Press, US $24.95) reveals the best tips,
tricks, and work-arounds that Jaguar has to offer.
Written by the creator of the popular Mac OS X Hints web site and
edited by David Pogue, author of the bestselling "Mac OS X: The Missing
Manual," this handy reference shows aficionados of Mac OS X how to
adjust the desktop, tweak applications, reconfigure the system, and
even fine-tune the software in Mac OS X's Unix based core.
"The 500-plus hints in this book are based on tips published in the Mac
OS X Hints web site (www.macosxhints.com)," explains Griffiths. "But
it's not just a rehash of what's there. Every hint has been rewritten,
expanded, organized, indexed, tested for compatibility with the latest
version of Mac OS X 10.2, and in many cases, illustrated, making the
book an even better resource than the web site."
Typically, computer books make the most sense if you read them from
start to finish, but not "Mac OS X Hints." "You can open the book from
any point and read for any length of time," says Griffiths. "Most hints
in the book describe a single problem or solution that doesn't depend
on any other hints. Think of the book as a vast table of appetizers for
Inside "Mac OS X Hints: Jaguar Edition" readers will find secrets in
every conceivable category, including:
Desktop and Finder: how to shut down using only the keyboard; use an
animated screen saver as a desktop picture; and jump to System
Preferences with a keystroke.
iApps: how to burn six hours of iTunes music onto a single CD; merge
calendars in iCal; and prevent iMovie 3 from applying the Ken Burns
Mac OS X programs: how to unlock 32,000 secret Unicode symbols in each
font; rename the System Preferences panels; add an "Email this page"
button to Safari; and make Mail announce, in a cute British accent:
"Mail has arrived, O all-wise master."
Mastering the system: how to share web bookmarks between Mac OS X and
Classic; connect to your Mac from the road; and make your iDisk work
ten times faster.
Terminal: how to save Terminal commands as Finder icons; put
background programs to sleep; wake a sleeping Mac via the Internet;
unearth the secret emacs adventure game; set up a message board on your
Apache-based web site; and more.
With authority, humor, and 440 illustrations, "Mac OS X Hints: Jaguar
Edition" brings readers insight, surprise, and delight at every turn.
And that, after all, is what the Mac is all about.
Mac OS X Hints: Jaguar Edition
ISBN 0-596-00451-6, 461 pages, $24.95 (US), $38.95 (CAN), 17.50 (UK)
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