I bought my Mac iBook simply to review it for my Unix/Linux website. I wasn't totally unfamiliar with Macs; I've been doing computer consulting for a long time and had some exposure to the older Mac operating systems. I at least knew what the Finder was, knew what Set Startup did, and so on. Most of my experience has been Unix, though, and of course that was what attracted me to OS X.
- Old-timers like me couldn't avoid being exposed to command line interfaces - that's all we had when we started Younger people and people who simply started using computers a bit later weren't necessarily exposed to any command line. Any computer they ever used had a graphical user interface and while it still may have had a command line available, there was seldom any incentive to use it. That apparent lack of any compelling reason remains true, but in fact understanding the command line can give you much more control over your computer and allow you to accomplish some tasks much more quickly and easily. -
- As is usual with these Take Control books, the author points out the bugs and missing features and often has suggestions for workarounds. It won't bore you with basic tasks that you either know how to do already or can figure out easily; this covers the problems and less than obvious things. -
- This 30-page ebook helps you decide whether to transition to Photos right away, walks you through importing your iPhoto and Aperture photo libraries, and helps you understand the Photos interface and organize your images. -
- I'm not planning on buying an iWatch. Technically, nobody is, because Apple doesn't use that name, but once this thing starts appearing on people's wrists, that is what it will be called, Apple blessed or not. -