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- Big Book of Apple Hacks
- Chris Seibold
This is the Mac book I've been waiting for! It's actually
more than a "Mac" book; as the title implies, it also has
content for iPods, iPhones and Apple TV - I don't happen
to own any of those other things right now, but that's OK: this is a great
book even if all you have is a Mac!
Wow - two exclamation marks in the first paragraph.. I don't
do that very often.
But this compilation deserves it. This isn't the often silly
or cosmetic hacks you'll find all over the web; some of that is
here but there's a lot of real geekery included. The very first
hack in the book covers booting your Mac from a USB thumb drive, the
last covers (with pictures) disassembling and cleaning a Mighty Mouse.
In between there's stuff about swapping out your drives to get more
space or to boot an entirely different OS, using your Mac with X10
controllers and the like, building a small battery backup for your cable
modem.. oh, it just goes on and on.
There are some mistakes here.. well, not necessarily mistakes, but
old hacks. For example, this talks about enabling Safari's Debug menu.
That option is gone now; the Developer Menu replaces it and that can be
turned on or off in standard Preferences, no "hack" needed. But
there is so much of value here we can easily forgive a small oversight
I'd have to say that so far, this is my choice for "Best Book of the Year"
in the geekish genre.
You want this book if you own a Mac. Really. Click the link below
now while you are thinking about it. You won't be sorry.
Tony Lawrence 2008-05-04 Rating: