We told you that the Mac OS X books would soon be arriving. One of the first, “Mac OS X Little Black Book: A Complete Guide to Migrating and Setting Up Mac OS X” by Gene Steinberg is due next month from
Targeted to system administrators needing to deploy the new operating system on their networks, as well as beginner to advanced Mac users upgrading to Mac OS X, the book, by Gene Steinberg, covers everything from the Aqua interface to the industrial strength UNIX core.
According to Adrienne Gurnett of Coriolis, “Mac OS X Little Black Book” covers the new features of the next generation operating system, including an emphasis on major changes from previous versions of the Mac OS. It features proactive coverage of setup and preventative maintenance, especially for new users or those migrating from older Mac OS versions.
Gurnett said the book uses a “logical, sequential approach with concise overviews and questions, then immediate solutions.” It includes step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting, informative sidebars, plus a quick reference card. “Mac OS X Little Black Book” covers Mac-savvy applications, using older Mac programs under Mac OS X, font management, and backup techniques. She said it also:
Introduces the new Finder with various preferences and shortcuts and advises you on how to organize your Mac desktop for maximum efficiency;
Shows you how to set up Mac OS X for multiple users, along with a description of passwords, voiceprints and keychain setups;
Covers networking, integration of LANs with Internet networking capabilities and file sharing;
Teaches you how to install new programs under the new Mac OS;
Explores Apple’s iTools and the latest on AppleScript.
It will cost US$29.99; its ISBN is 1-57610-701-9. The “Mac OS X Little Black Book” (though at 528 pages, it’s not really that little) is the first in a series of books on Mac OS X to be released by Coriolis during 2001.
Gene Steinberg of Scottsdale, AZ, is a fact and science fiction writer, computer software and systems consultant. He’s written over 20 books on computing and the Internet, and has also written feature articles and product reviews for the online technology news resources, CNET and ZDNet and such magazines as MacAddict, MacHome Magazine, MacUser and Macworld. Steinberg also runs the Mac support Web site,
The Mac Night Owl, and is the co-creator of a new science fiction series entitled “Attack of the Rockoids.”