October 19, 2004
"Mac OS X Power Hound" Change From an Anybody-Can-Do-This User to a Panther Power User
Sebastopol, CA--Fans of the Macintosh have spent years collecting and
sharing tips, tricks, and secrets--a keyboard shortcut here, an
undocumented double-click there--and then Mac OS X 10.3 came along. "This
OS, which has tripped up more than one computer veteran, is unlike
anything that came before," says Rob Griffiths, author of the new Mac OS
X Power Hound, Panther Edition (O'Reilly, US $24.95).
Mac OS X has captured the attention of consumers and programmers alike
with its ability to run existing Mac programs along with Unix and Open
Source software. The latest version, Panther, includes more than a hundred
new features and improves many of the technologies underlying Mac OS X,
including graphics and the Unix-based core. It's an elegant operating
system with Formula One power under the hood, Griffiths says, and he
promises "the time you invest learning Mac OS X Panther will gain you
boatloads of speed and efficiency."
Mac OS X Panther harbors as many (or more) delicious secrets as any
operating system that came before--only users need to know where to find
them. Mac OS X Power Hound is the perfect resource for just that.
Griffiths is the creator and editor of Macosxhints.com (the most popular
Mac OS X tips site on the Web), and he knows Panther inside and out.
Together with editors David Pogue (weekly computer columnist for the "New
York Times" and creator of the Missing Manual series) and Adam Goldstein
(teenage Mac expert and the author of the soon-to-be-released
AppleScript: The Missing Manual), he delivers more than 400
illustrations, two massive chapters on Unix (the engine under Mac OS X's
hood) and reveals more than 650 secrets, hints, tips, and tricks in every
conceivable category, including:Desktop and Finder: Shut down using only the keyboard; use an animated
screen saver as a desktop picture; and jump to System Preferences with a
iApps: Burn six hours of iTunes music onto a single CD; merge calendars
in iCal; and send an instant message to anyone's cell phone--straight from
All Apple programs: Unlock 32,000 secret Unicode symbols in each font;
rename the System Preferences panes; add an "Email this page" button to
Safari; and make Mail announce, in a British accent, "You've got mail, O
Mastering the system: Customize keystrokes in any application; connect to
a Mac from the road; and run a web bulletin board right from the desktop.
Terminal: Save Terminal commands as Finder icons; put background programs
to sleep; download huge files to a home Mac by remote control; wake a
sleeping Mac via the Internet; unearth the secret emacs adventure game;
Each entry stands alone; readers can dip in and sample as needed while
they learn Panther's secrets, appreciate its idiosyncrasies, and manage to
customize it to their particular needs and wants. With Mac OS X Power
Hound at the ready, users will be finding easier, faster, and better ways
to use and enjoy Panther.
Mac OS X Power Hound, Panther Edition
ISBN 0-596-00818-X, 536 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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