Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition
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Noted author and Mac guru Ted Landau is the founder of the MacFixIt Web site and is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine. He is also the author of Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other Disasters.
Is there a Mac doctor in the house? The answer is yes, and guess what, it's you! With Ted Landau's Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition at your side, you'll find all the smart, common-sense solutions and sound advice you need to maintain Apple's latest operating system. In this new volume, Mac doctor extraordinaire (and MacFixIt Web site founder) Ted Landau offers a host of solutions for every Mac OS X glitch under the sun, plus the grounding you need to turn a diagnostic eye on your own Mac setup.
Filled with hundreds of tips, tools, and preventive measures for dealing with Mac OS X, it also includes a chapter on troubleshooting iApps. In-depth coverage of Library directories, file and font maintenance, crash prevention and recovery, Unix commands for Mac OS X, and more complete the doctor's bag of advice contained in this invaluable book. You'll learn:
- How to fix problems specific to the new features of Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther).
- How to diagnose, recover from, and prevent startup crashes, freezes and unexpected quits.
- The smart way to install, reinstall, update and backup Mac OS X.
- How to harness the hidden power in Mac OS X's Get Info windows, invisible files, preferences files, and packages.
- How to master Mac OS X's permissions -- launching, saving, moving and deleting files even when the Finder says you can't.
- Techniques to troubleshoot printing glitches.
- How to set up (and fix problems with) your network--including local file sharing, routers, wireless connections and the Internet.
- How to make sure your Mac is secure from network intruders or other unauthorized access.
- How to take advantage of Mac OS X's high-power UNIX foundation to expand your troubleshooting powers.
- Which third-party utilities you should get to help diagnose and fix problems.
- How to troubleshoot problems with your i-software from iTunes to iSync.
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This review is from: Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition (Paperback)MacFixit web site founder and author Ted Landau's newest book, Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition, has joined the ranks of David Weeks' favorite OS X books. Until now, I've recommended David Pogue's OS X The Missing Manual for beginners and intermediate Mac users. The nod for best advanced/expert level book has gone to Mac OS X Unleashed, penned by John and William Ray.
I've got to add Mac OS X Help Line (Help Line for short) to the canon of best OS X books. The Ray brothers' Unleashed is geared more toward the Unix-oriented sysadmin/expert user. In contrast, Landau's Help Line is written for the sophisticated OS X end user; someone who doesn't need the plumb the Uniy depths of OS X, yet needs detailed information on complex topics.
Landau has found the right balance: he provides 1144 pages of OS X depth and detail that "normal" people can use. Help Line does sit firmly in the "boat anchor" category (try holding it out at arm's length for a minute or so), but if... Read more
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Easy to understand, a life-saver, essential for OS X users,
This review is from: Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition (Paperback)Ted Landau is the proprietor of MacFixIt, the pre-eminent web site for late-breaking information on what's working with OS X, what's not, and how to fix it. The site has grown to enormous proportions over the years, though, and it can be hard to find a fix or troubleshooting method for a particular problem or issue.
The answer is to buy this book. Not just for troubleshooting problems, but also for understanding how OS X works. And he doesn't hold back punches ... lots of times he mentions things like "Apple says [X] should work this way, but in my tests, it doesn't, instead, many users find [Y] works better." Trust this guy.
His book compiles and organizes just about everything on his site having to do with understanding and troubleshooting OS X/Panther and more, (and a lot of Jaguar, Classic and OS 9) in a crystal-clear, step-by-step way, with tons of sidebars that go into detail on tangenital topics. I've been using OS X for years, and train others how to use... Read more
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from: Mac OS X Help Line, Panther Edition (Paperback)If you only buy one book for your MAC Computer-this is the one to get!
Ted Landau's advice is without a doubt invaluable. His vast knowledge of the MAC and the Panther OS comes thru in easy to understand and simple to carry out trouble shooting advice. Even though the MAC is usually reliable, problems can occur. This is the book to go to before panic sets in. I have used the previous additions over the years, and only can give his "Help" advice the utmost praise. I have recommended the prior editions to other MAC users, and they have blessed his words. There is not only advice for correcting problems, but also preventing them. Apple should include a copy with every MAC .
This book should be owned by every MAC user. IF YOU HAVE A MAC-
PUT THIS BOOK NEARBY!!!
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