March 24, 2003
Why Hack A Mac? O'Reilly Releases "Mac OS X Hacks"
Sebastopol, CA--In some ways, the Macintosh computer is like a
half-grown tiger cub. Its cute appearance and playful manner belie its
underlying power. Mac OS X, for example, combines the user-friendly,
highly customizable interface for which Macs are known with the solid
stability, strength, and flexibility of its Unix foundation. While you
may not want to get too close to a tiger cub, the Mac invites you to
draw nearer, to explore and avail yourself of its quiet potential. It
is true that many Mac users are content to enjoy their computers
without ever feeling tempted to unleash everything a Unix desktop has
to offer. But those who want to pull all of the power and performance
out of their Macs that they can--and pick up a few neat tricks along
the way--will learn best with tips and techniques from the experts.
This is the kind of know-how they'll find inside Mac OS X Hacks by
Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway (O'Reilly, US $24.95).
"Mac OS X Hacks" reflects the real-world knowledge of those well
steeped in Unix history and expertise. The authors share no-nonsense,
sometimes quick-and-dirty solutions to administering and running of a
Unix machine: Web, Mail, and FTP serving, security services, SSH, Perl
and shell scripting, compiling, configuring, scheduling, and general
all-purpose hacking. Add to this the knowledge of die-hard Macintosh
users, customizing and modifying their hardware and software to meet
their needs: System Preferences, GUI mods and tweaks, hardware tips,
vital shareware and freeware, AppleScript, AppleTalk and equivalents,
keyboard modifiers, and basic Macintosh-style fun.
"Mac OS X presents a unique opportunity for combining traditional Unix
hacking and Mac OS know-how," explains coauthor Dornfest. "'Mac OS X
Hacks' goes beyond the peculiar mix of manpages and
not-particularly-helpful Help Center, pulling the best tips, tricks,
and scripts from the Mac power users and Unix hackers themselves."
Each Hack in the book can be read easily in a few minutes, saving
countless hours of searching for the right answer. "Mac OS X Hacks"
provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to challenges
facing those meeting the Mac for the first time and long-time users
delving into Mac OS X and its Unix underpinnings.
"Mac OS X Hacks" is the third release in O'Reilly's new Hacks Series,
which also includes "Google Hacks" and "Linux Server Hacks." Written by
experts for intelligent, advanced users, the Hacks Series has begun to
reclaim the term "hacking" for the good guys. In recent years the term
"hacker" has come to be associated with those nefarious black hats who
break into other people's computers to snoop, steal information, or
disrupt internet traffic. But the term originally had a much more
benign meaning, and you'll still hear it used this way whenever
developers get together. Our new Hacks Series is written in the spirit
of true hackers--the people who drive innovation.
Hacking is "an appropriate application of ingenuity...whether the
result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work
of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it."
--Eric S. Raymond, "New Hacker's Dictionary"
Mac OS X Hacks
Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway
ISBN 0-596-00460-5, 400 pages, $24.95 (US), $38.95 (CAN), 17.50 (UK)
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