Oct 15 2002
MacOS X Killer Tips
MacOS X Killer Tips was one of the most anticipated computer books of the summer.
For months we heard about it but it was still under wraps. I had to satisfy
my craving with the LookInside pages at Amazon.com. Luckily I didn’t have to
wait as long as most, I got one of the first copies off the press and it hasn’t
left my sight since. I’m convinced I can charge clients 25% more just because
of this book; I’m now FULL of tips. Who ever thought of putting the Desktop
icon in the Dock? Scott!
Like most OS X books I read this one with a "Holier than Thou" approach…
but this time I felt like the sinner. Not only is Scott’s trade mark humor on
every page, it’s chocked full of great stuff. It’s also the only OS X book to
have color screen shots (Aqua isn’t pretty in grey).
There are 13 chapters, including one dedicated to evil tricks to play on your
co-workers. All the screen shots are done in Jaguar, and the text was completely
updated for it as well. Not a whole lot is different in Jaguar, but it’s nice
to know that the book is current. None of the nitty gritty of unix is covered
in this book—all the tricks are easy and could be done by your mother
without her asking questions or breaking into a cold sweat. The only bit of
Unix is in the back, has ample warning and is only for the brave (fsck).
If you’ve read other OS books you know that they are actually books… Killer
Tips is just a collection of those sidebar tips in books. You know, those cool
tidbits tucked away between 1500 pages of courier… the things you actually
read… That’s why this book is only 250 pages long but packs more usefull stuff
for everyday work than any other book I’ve read.
Make sure you pick this up for yourself, and your OS X brother. No Jaguar install
should be without it. It’s $20.99
at Amazon which is less than a sixth of Jaguar’s price. Thanks Scott for a