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Mac OS X Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the read-all-about-it dept.

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jsuda writes "The preeminent general reference source for Mac OS X has always been the Missing Manual Series written by David Pogue. The latest iteration in the series is its Mac OS X Leopard Edition, completely revised, and it is the biggest, most comprehensive, and most useful of all the editions in the series. It covers the Mac OS X desktop and file system, the free applications included with the Mac OS X installation, the system components and technologies, networking and online features and components, and includes welcome appendices on installation, troubleshooting, Windows/Mac comparisons, and a Master Keystroke list." Read on for the rest of John's review.Every one of the editions has been exceedingly well-designed and written combining serious treatment of subject content with style, wit, and humor, as well as honest evaluation and critique of features of the Mac operating system. All of the OS X Missing Manuals have addressed issues for a broad range of users, from the lightly experienced, the intermediate, and for power users. For the most part, however, the primary focus of each edition has been on the less experienced users. This has changed with the Leopard edition.

There seems to have been a deliberate effort to make the book more appealing and useful to upper-end users without losing any utility at all for others. There seems to be more material for power users- -there are more Power Users Guides providing advanced information and techniques, more UNIX references for those willing and able to take avail of the UNIX kernel underlying the operating system, more identifications of keyboard shortcuts, and more disclosure of undocumented and advanced features than in previous editions.

For example, Pogue itemizes and describes at least 20 UNIX utilities that only power users would want to use, explains how to configure preferences for the Terminal application, explains how to deal with the file and folder permissions system using UNIX commands, and even notes the existence of the venerable Eliza therapist emulator program hidden in a part of the emacs text editor. At each juncture of describing operating system features, Pogue explains from the perspective of different levels of users, including the power user, like himself. Unlike in many other books purporting to cover a broad range of users, this one does not short on the higher-end.

This is all well and good as casual users are still widely well-taken care of by the thorough and well-organized explanations of nearly every feature of OS 10.5. The book is illustrated profusely with screenshots of system features, configuration processes, comparison of the Mac OS X versions, comparisons of Mac OS X to Windows features, and more. Nearly every page is loaded with Tips, Notes, FAQs, lists, tables, and sidebars. Throughout, there are nuggets of insight and technical arcana that even Mac veterans will be surprised to learn about. I learned, for example, that the one-button Apple Mighty Mouse has a secret 2-button feature. Also there is a similar way to operate a laptop with a two finger trackpad technique. There are a lot of tips and tricks like that in the book. Even beyond description and explanation, Pogue provides useful recommendations for configurations of the Dock, recovery from common errors, and using Automator to design practical workflows for common tasks.

The subject content builds upon that of previous editions and updates it with material relating to the 300-plus new features of Leopard. Much of the new material covers the Leopard update highlights the backup program called Time Machine, a desktop switching application called Spaces, the Stacks organizing feature, the file previewer, QuickLook, and the feature enhancements in iChat, Mail, and especially Spotlight, the search tool.

Spotlight is much more than a mere search tool although it is a great one. A whole chapter is devoted to it alone. Pogue explains how to use it not just for casual and advanced searching (using over 125 types of data and metadata) but as a quick launcher of files, folders, and applications; as a calculator; and as a dictionary. Sophisticated query languages can be used and Pogue lists a series of power user keyboard shortcuts for Spotlight use.

I see the book as especially useful for those Windows users of all levels gravitating to the Mac platform. Not only is the treatment of the Mac OS done well, but at nearly every juncture, Pogue takes the perspective of a Windows user and provides practical comparisons and contrasts of operating systems.

Weaving all of these perspectives into a harmonious, readable manual is a fine achievement. The content discussions and explanations are never abstract but written from the viewpoint of the thoughtful and practical user and no one is better at this than David Pogue who has been cited before as one of the worlds best (technical) communicators. The denseness of the treatment of the subject content diminishes somewhat from the readability of the book compared to prior editions and there is a bit less wit, humor and style. That is the trade-off, I presume, for the increased breadth and depth of the content treatment but this Missing Manual is still as well written as a computer manual can be expected to be.

You can purchase Mac OSX Leopard Edition: The Missing Manual from amazon.com. Slashdot welcomes readers' book reviews -- to see your own review here, read the book review guidelines, then visit the submission page.

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FIST SPORT! (-1, Offtopic)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577020)

Q. Why are muslims bad at Calculus?
A. They refuse to learn how to integrate!

I'd buy it... (1)

DA_MAN_DA_MYTH (182037) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577028)

If it would tell me how to fix all these Airport disconnects that Leopard seems to cause.

Re:I'd buy it... (5, Informative)

ZerocarboN (415676) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577112)

You might want to try the Interference Robustness option to see if it helps.

http://www.macinstruct.com/node/213 [macinstruct.com]

Re:I'd buy it... (3, Informative)

WinkyN (263806) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577262)

You might want to check out this link from The Unofficial Apple Weblog (http://www.tuaw.com/2008/02/25/potential-fix-for-an-annoying-macbook-air-wireless-issue/) to see if it addresses your issue. The link says it's for MacBook Airs but some users have reported success with other models.

Leopard manual? (0, Troll)

UbuntuLinux (1242150) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577300)

Leopard needs to manual, as it is an operating system used primarily by gaymen, who know instinctively how to instruct the computer to do what they want, which is usually PDF guides to cottaging and other such activities. Linux is also an operating system used primarily by gaymen, but they tend to be the ugly, angry and creepy gayman that never actually gets any action. This explains why they need to edit text config files and recompile their kernel to perform simple operations like changing screen resolution.

Re:Leopard manual? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22581122)

No, OS X and Linux are used by people who don't need your attitude, retard. Go eat your boogers.

Re:I'd buy it... (1)

rsmoody (791160) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577440)

That was SO pissing me off last night. Just out of the blue, the wireless disconnects on me, then does it again in like 2 minutes, and gain. ugh! I turned the airport card off and back on, seemed to fix it, but really, what the hell!

Re:I'd buy it... (1)

macslas'hole (1173441) | more than 6 years ago | (#22581044)

What's really fun is when the wireless freaks out and takes the trackpad with it. I've had mine stop working or even reverse left to right and up to down.

Does it explain... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22578770)

Does it explain why Leoptard was release unfinished and untested?

Does it also explain how to avoid a permanent BSoD during the upgrade?

Just wondering. It's news for Nerds, and stuff that matters.

Re:Does it explain... (2, Informative)

mveloso (325617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578838)



Yuk yuk yuk. Your wit is painful to witness.

Yeah, remove Application Enhancer before installing Leopard. That always does the trick.

Re:I'd buy it... (4, Informative)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 6 years ago | (#22581080)

If by Airport you mean a wireless connection to an actual Apple Airport router, then skip this reply. If, on the other hand, the wireless router is not an Apple router, check to see if the router has some kind of "turbo" or "speed boost" or similar mode. Those modes do some things that are outside the standard but often work (especially with wireless cards made by the same manufacturer as the router!), but sometimes don't. If the router has such modes, try turning them off.

iPhone edition (1)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577042)

So can I read it on my iPhone? :P

Re:iPhone edition (3, Informative)

monomania (595068) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577684)

In fact, this book is available on the O'Reilly Safari Books Online (no relation to the web browser) service, and I do read them on my iPhone. Low-end subscriptions are relatively cheep, and well worth it; I keep 10 books on my bookshelf at any one time for about $20 a month. I just added this one to my bookshelf.

Re:iPhone edition (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22579436)

Cheap, asshat.

- Your friendly neighbourhood spelling nazi

$21 for something you would expect to be supplied (-1, Troll)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577048)

With the Operating System itself, is a tad steep.

It should be free to anyone with a legal copy of Leopard.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (4, Insightful)

The Ancients (626689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577108)

Why would you expect a comprehensive book written by a 3rd party to be supplied free with the OS?

If you want help from Apple, there's the built in help function, the section of their website, and their Discussions Forums [apple.com]

, not to mention the free call number available in almost all countries they officially sell in.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (4, Informative)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577118)

They provide an entire website of documentation about Leopard.
http://www.apple.com/support/leopard/ [apple.com]
(and yes, they assume you can get to and read a web page).

I see ENORMOUS books on how to use Windows... or even Word for that matter. 600+ pages describing how to use a word processor.

Why doesn't Microsoft give those third-party books away for free?

You do realize this is a third-party book, right?

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (1)

sammy baby (14909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577322)

Seriously.

Also - it's been a long time since I bought a copy of Windows XP, but I seem to recall that the "manual" it came with was basically a "Getting Started" guide, maybe 50 pages long or so, with big, easily-readable text on small pages. I don't really see that as much of an improvement over what Apple supplies.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (3, Informative)

Altus (1034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577332)


if it was called "Secrets of OS X" instead of "The Missing Manual" nobody would bitch. People are more than happy to take any opportunity they can to take a shot at apple. My girlfriend recently bought a vista laptop. It didn't come with a vista manual (or even install/recovery disks)... but there is no "Vista: The missing manual (and recovery disk)"

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (2, Informative)

Altus (1034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577378)


OK... I stand corrected [amazon.com]

There most certainly is a missing manual for vista.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (2, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577544)

You will find it in /lost+found.

But you will have to do a fsck first.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (1)

conorlime (1070612) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580836)

How do you do an fsck? Check the manual in /lost+found of course!

Quite, and that was my point (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577606)

but this is /. so the subtlety was missed :-)

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22581290)

Girlfriend? GIRLFRIEND?? You must be lying because 1) nobody here has a GF, 2) they wouldn't be GF much longer if they bought a Vista machine and 3) you would be fscking her instead of posting here.

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (1)

schnablebg (678930) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578288)

Throughout, there are nuggets of insight and technical arcana that even Mac veterans will be surprised to learn about. I learned, for example, that the one-button Apple Mighty Mouse has a secret 2-button feature. Also there is a similar way to operate a laptop with a two finger trackpad technique.

As a recent switcher to Mac, and Windows and *NIX Power User, I am interested in this book. But can someone else tell me if the various ways to simulate right-clicking is really the extent of the "insight and technical arcana" in the book??

I knew about right clicking on the Mighty Mouse and the two-finger touchpad trick months before I even bought a Mac!

VideoTips and Guided Tour too (2, Informative)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580370)

I found these one useful too: http://www.apple.com/business/videotips/ [apple.com]
you can subscribe to the videocast. While most video tips are things I knew about, some are truly useful and well hidden features (oops?). The best part is probably the short length of the videotips themselves: 1 minute per week is something I can afford.

And let's not forget the Guided Tour. 30 minutes, but worthed: http://www.apple.com/macosx/guidedtour/ [apple.com]

And while I'm a it, there's a new section this year: http://www.apple.com/findouthow/ [apple.com]

Re:$21 for something you would expect to be suppli (1)

SocietyoftheFist (316444) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577134)

Just like all the Windows books that cover material that Microsoft didn't put in a book with the operating system? How about all those programming books, the compiler makers should cover every topic you should ever need to know about programming too.

Re: $21 is too much? (1)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578028)

Yes, but according to TFSubmission, it's an "exceedingly well-designed and written" manual.

It all depends on what Dickensian weasel words are worth to you.

Boo (0, Flamebait)

doyoulikegoatseeee (930088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577060)

Apple sucks-straight-up. Apple is a company who was competition with windows in the 80s, hell, i think it was better in the 80s and the early 90s. Once the Pentium processor came out and windows 95 came out, windows became much better. Who the hell would design computers so that they dont have legacy (backwards compatibility for all your noobs) support? Apple has come back because tools like you are buying their music devices.
The IPod sucks too! Who else than Apple would design a music player that wouldnt let its users to share music? They created a huge "market" because they suck people in with these "retro and in style" stupid commericals with sillouttes and shitty bands like "the white stripes" playing in the background. Oh, everyone who buys an IPod or a mac is so artsy and sophisticated. The reality is that you buy shit because people tell you to then you dig into their stupid itunes store just because you have the damn IPod. Buy yourself a real MP3 player and buy yourself a real computer.
Apple's new operating systems are buily on UNIX structure, which means that it was drived from open source software. As far as i know, open source is open, and wether its UNIX or LINUX, its easier to hack than windows. The problem is, people like windows machines better because they are better for office stuff, gaming, upgrades, price, maitainance. Theyre also in high competition with applications like photoshop and other media editing. (BTW, Im not really being biased, macs are better for MOST media apps but not by much). The apple computer was made for stupid people to do stupid things with, easily. If it were up to me, mouses wouldnt even exist. Only people who deserved to use computers could use them, not people who make dumb articles like this.
Windows runs on computers that are esily upgradable. People will go out and buy an introductory computer package for about $600. It comes with a tower, a printer, and a monitor. After you bring it home, you can add things to it. like memory, a new video card, a new heatsink. All kinds of companies make these computers and their parts, all these computers are called "clones"(back in the day termonology for a computer not made BY THE OS THAT SUPPORTS IT). Apple doesnt let people sell "clones" all their computers only come from them. So theres no competition! They give the price and people buy them. The only reason for people to buy one is for strict media usage/editing. Buy if youre dumb enough to buy one, its gonna cost you at least AT LEAST 1,200 for a decent model.
The reason people buy macs nowadays is because they got away with so much of YOUR MONEY frmo the IPod sales and accessories, they can market macs AGRESSIVELY. if you didnt watch so much TV, you wouldnt want one. And who in the right mind changes their company name from "Apple Computer" to "Apple Inc." Nutjobs.

Re:Boo (2, Interesting)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580798)

Hey!

I am doing my ph.d. on supercomputers. Linux in my field is not just a reality, its the rule. When its not linux, it is... well, solaris, sun os, and, well... mac os X.

Unix is not open source. BSD is. Unix is a property of Novell.

About the multimedia, well, windows is the king today. But the best pc you can run windows today is a mac. Be it a desktop or a notebook.

About easy upgradable computer, are you using intel chips recently? About the media and the ipods, you are wrong, completely wrong. Apple today sets the standards on this field, even on scientific research.

Oh, my country has no macs advertisement, but it is present in top research.

Oh yes, openMPI and XGrid is built-in on macs, and they work together! Tell a university system's administrator that such a system exists and then just prepare yourself to buy them... As we are doing now.

Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (0)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577064)

OK, so Apple doesn't include a manual with their software, necessitating that one buy a third-party help, and then O'Reilly issues a new one with every update of OSX. Does OSX really change that much from version to version? Wouldn't the old Mac OS X Tiger: The Missing Manual [amazon.com] continue to serve most users?

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (4, Insightful)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577176)

You can ignore the "10." in Mac OS X version numbers. The transition from Tiger to Leopard is from version 4 to version 5. Yes, that's a big change.

Just because Microsoft can't come out with OS updates but once or twice a decade doesn't mean that Apple isn't providing significant updates to their OS more regularly. People see a reason to spend $130 for Leopard; there must be something new there.

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577656)

"Wouldn't the old Mac OS X Tiger: The Missing Manual [amazon.com] continue to serve most users?"

Not necessarily. Because Leopard is a major upgrade, the Tiger edition might be OK for the basics, but there's always going to be that 10% that will mess people up because it doesn't work that way anymore. For example, the networking, sharing, and printing UI was completely revamped. Also, many of the Spotlight capabilities mentioned in the article summary are new to Leopard. They wouldn't be covered at all in the Tiger edition.

Since OS X has a far smaller user base than Windows, Apple feels less constrained when making major changes to basic things, if they feel there is a long-term payoff. Therefore the pace of change can feel faster than Windows.

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577844)

Users would of course find that many things from the Tiger "missing manual" would still apply. Obviously, though, anything that changed between Tiger and Leopard would be different. Why wouldn't O'Reilly want to stay up to date?

This really isn't a tough logic problem.

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (4, Informative)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578136)

Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast?

No, but it does become obsolete that fast. Features new to Leopard that were not in Tiger include:

  • The ability to create Widgets by selecting portions of Web pages
  • Stacks - folder icons that dynamically change to indicate what is in the folder
  • A system-wide grammar checker and the system-wide spelling checker/dictionary/theasaurus expanded to include wikipediaand more dictionaries (include non-English languages)
  • A new type of viewing in the window/file manager that lets you pan through giant preview "icons" of files
  • Updates and new features for most of the consumer applications (mail, calendar, IM, Web browser, Media players, and PDF viewer/image viewer)
  • Remote desktop access and sharing integrated into the IM client
  • New supported file systems and improved remote filesystem server/client
  • Parental controls that include application specific restrictions (no Web browsing after 11pm for little Jimmy)
  • Virtual desktops
  • Expanded, indexed system-wide searching
  • Automated backup/versioning from the GUI
  • Completely redone UI for the handicapped (braille boards, audio interface, etc.)
  • Dtrace ported from Solaris for developers, and a bunch of other dev tools and new APIs
  • Application layer firewall
  • Built in mandatory access controls/sandboxes and app signing for security
  • A guest account that resets itself to a clean default state each login

Does OSX really change that much from version to version?

Yes. 10.n to 10.n+1 is major upgrade akin to going from XP to Vista. As one of those people who doesn't read the manual before diving into something, I'm still finding new features and I've had it for months. Just yesterday I noticed in an e-mail a friend sent me about a concert he was going to downtown "next friday at 9:00", that right clicking on the time, gave me the option of automatically creating an event in the calendar program for that day at that time labelled with the concert name. That's exactly the kind of stuff a book about Leopard is nice for finding out about.

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579208)

In OS 9 (or was it 8?) they called that Apple Data Detectors. It worked in every app, and was teh awesomes -- but works way better now. In Mail.

I'm glad they are starting to bring it back. I'm hoping that they make the APIs available to other applications in the next release.

Next tech I'd wish they'd bring back? OpenDoc!

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (1)

macslas'hole (1173441) | more than 6 years ago | (#22583468)

Amen to that brother. OpenDoc rocked.

Re:Does OSX documentation go out of print so fast? (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578494)

So O'Reilly shouldn't update their book? What's your point here?

If you want to buy it, do so. If not, don't.

Blimey... (0, Troll)

Angostura (703910) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577072)

Three replies and no-one has posted 'I thought OS X was "just supposed to work"' yet.

Re:Blimey... (1)

Shados (741919) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577146)

Crap. I was going to post that but you beat me to it >.

Re:Blimey... (1)

The Ancients (626689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577170)

Steve's Reality Distortion Field is in for servicing. Apparently in a very small number of cases it caused dancing like a monkey.

OK, I'll Bite (3, Informative)

Hellad (691810) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577244)

the book doesn't tell you how to make it work when it doesn't. It is a comprehensive guide to all of the features that may be missed by users who aren't paying attention. I gave the tiger edition to my mother in law. While she could use the machine out of the box, she wouldn't figure out the more complex aspects of the finder on her own. In addition, the book contains a basic guide to the ilife programs as well as iChat. While she could likely figure this out on her own, having a resource has been great for her. It gives basic users a more advanced knowledge than they would otherwise have.

Re:OK, I'll Bite (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577958)

Well, that sucks. I just need to know when they put in the option to have folder at the beginning of the list in finder. That's the one thing that drives me nuts about OS X. I have my files organized into multiple, many-levels-deep folders. Why they haven't included this feature, at least as an option, is beyond me. One large sand box of files doesn't work well a lot of the time.

Re:OK, I'll Bite (1)

mveloso (325617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578882)

Well, you could put it into list view and sort by kind. That moves folders to the top of the list.

Or, you could just start adding random characters to your folder name so they show up at the top of a list.

Or use that dock stacks thing.

Re:OK, I'll Bite (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579102)

That's the exact same "answer" everybody else has and it does nothing to actually fix the problem. I want to sort by name, so I can find things, and I want folders at the top so I can dig through them quickly. I don't understand why they don't have it; it is a minimal amount of effort to incorporate.

folder sorting (1)

j-beda (85386) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579956)

There is no such feature. I can understand why it might be desired though. You can simulate it by naming all folders starting with a character that gets sorted to the top, such as a space " " or a dash "-". Similarly if you want them at the bottom, start their names with "zz" or something similar. But you probably already figured this out on your own....

Re:OK, I'll Bite (2, Informative)

ArAgost (853804) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580326)

Sadly, this is the kind of things in OS X designed to be coherent. If you order by class, things get ordered by class. If you sort by name, things get sorted (guess what!) by name. You can't have "sorte by name but also not", sorry.

Re:OK, I'll Bite (2, Informative)

KURAAKU Deibiddo (740939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22581978)

You could always check out Path Finder [cocoatech.com] , and use that instead of Finder. It offers this feature. I've been using it in place of Apple's Finder since 10.1 or 10.2. It offers a lot of things Finder doesn't. The only minus, if you're attached to Cover Flow, it does not have this feature yet (which is the only feature I'm aware of that Finder has and Path Finder does not). QuickLook works.

Although, you can use QuickLook from Terminal, also. Just add this to your ~/.bash_profile for added laziness:

function ql
{
(qlmanage -p "$@" > /dev/null 2>&1 &
local ql_pid=$!
read -sn 1
kill ${ql_pid}) > /dev/null 2>&1
}

Then use 'ql whatever' in Terminal. You can also find a ton of third-party QuickLook plugins here [quicklookplugins.com] and here [qlplugins.com] .

Re:OK, I'll Bite (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22582180)

I actually tried Pathfinder this week as I knew of it before I bought the MBP. I'm not sure if I want to pay $35 for basic OS functionality. If I find other reasons I may break down and get it. I just wish this was built in. It is in EVERY other OS I've used including every flavor of Linux and Unix I've tried.

Re:Blimey... (1)

OwnedByTwoCats (124103) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577538)

I actually bought the book; I haven't read it yet. I was a hardcore MacOS user at work (1987, System 6 on a Mac II, through 1993, System 7.something, Mac IIfx) and at home (Mac SE, PowerMac 6100AV, iMac DV 400 MHz). I kept current through MacOS 9. I never took the leap to Mac OS X. I thought I'd lose too much hardware, the software upgrades would cost too much, the machine kept on working.

I finally broke down and picked up a second-hand machine (Mac Mini G4 1.42 MHz) with MacOS X Leopard installed. It's all too different; I need more help understanding the features. I don't have the time to learn everything by playing. Oh, and I need to dual boot to Mac OS X 10.3 to get classic, so I can power down the Mac OS 9 machine.

Re:Blimey... (3, Interesting)

KURAAKU Deibiddo (740939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22582020)

You may want to look into this, then: Classic on Intel [macos-user.com] .

Set that up, and you won't need your 10.3 install anymore.

Bad ISBN (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577156)

A valid ISBN has either 10 or 13 digits. The listed "780596529529" has 12. Perhaps it is a UPC?

Re:Bad ISBN (4, Informative)

OldeTimeGeek (725417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577206)

They just missed a number. From O'Reilly's site: ISBN 10: 0-596-52952-X | ISBN 13:9780596529529.

Re:Bad ISBN (1, Funny)

fracai (796392) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577370)

7, 8, 0, 5, 9, 6, 5, 2, 9, 5, 2, 9 That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!

what about wireless? (1, Interesting)

linuxpng (314861) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577186)

Will it tell me how to fix wireless on leopard that 10.5.2 didn't fix?

Re:what about wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577480)

hopefully not

Re:what about wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577512)

I fixed this problem on my alu iMac by disabling the blue tooth device. I've only had the network drop twice since, which is pretty amazing compared to how bad it was before.

Of course, I don't have the wireless keyboard or mouse.

Re:what about wireless? (1)

linuxpng (314861) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578276)

is it really a solution to disable something and still have it drop twice... even at all?

Who the fuck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577296)

gives a shit about some crappy proprietary products?

Micro$oft == App£e == steaming turd

Who the fuck makes a stupid comment like that? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577380)

Actually, the great majority of Mac OS X is based on open source, including the entire core: http://www.opensource.apple.com/ [apple.com]

The web engine is Apache. The internal database is SQLite (I think). The kernel is BSD. The web engine is KHTML. And so on.

Yes, the packaged product is proprietary and also contains closed source. But I would hardly compare it with Microsoft, where everything is not only closed but deliberately incompatible.

Heck, I wouldn't even compare them to Red Hat, which costs a three times as much and is getting crappier by the day.

Re:Who the fuck makes a stupid comment like that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22578962)

Actually, the great majority of Mac OS X is based on open source, including the entire core: http://www.opensource.apple.com/ [apple.com]

The web engine is Apache. The internal database is SQLite (I think). The kernel is BSD. The web engine is KHTML. And so on.
Which only goes to show how adept Apple is at stealing other people's work and R&D, then selling it on for a massive profit.

Yes, the packaged product is proprietary and also contains closed source. But I would hardly compare it with Microsoft, where everything is not only closed but deliberately incompatible.
Neither would I. At least Microsoft make an effort to be compatible with operating systems they previously made. As of 10.5, Apple can't even be bothered to do that.

Re:Who the fuck makes a stupid comment like that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22582022)

Yeah, App£e is more proprietary than Micro$oft, agreed. They even lock-in people to their hardware. And M$ owns a big slice of App£e so their "competition" is a bit so-so. Both fuckers love their DRM. And treat customers like idiots. Unfortunately it's working out great for them. Money mania! $$$

Way to go cheeseheads.

Mouse Acceleration (1)

oskard (715652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577410)

Does it tell how to completely disable mouse acceleration? I don't mean *kind of* disable. I want the whole thing off. No acceleration. I want a static ratio for my mouse movements (like, N*x), not some parabolic guessing (like x^N). I don't want Windows' default mouse acceleration. I want to move my mouse 12 inches lightning fast, and 12 inches snail slow, and cover the same exact distance. I WANT IT COMPLETELY DISABLED.

Re:Mouse Acceleration (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578064)

Why?

Re:Mouse Acceleration (3, Informative)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578128)

I've had my mac for a month. I had Mac-style mouse acceleration for 2 days.

Then, I installed Logitech's all-in-one OSX utility (the Logitech Control Center). It recognized my Logitech USB mouse and - voila - the awful acceleration was gone, swept aside by using the hardware vendor's driver instead of the one that ships with the OS.

Re:Mouse Acceleration (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578290)

Go buy USB Overdrive or another one of the 3rd party mouse controller apps.

Re:Mouse Acceleration (1, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578292)

Sir, my name is Stanford and I am contacting you from Apple special support. It seems like you have stopped drinking your kool-aid. If you like we can send you 10 free packets of sugar-free Jobs next day air. Continue to drink your medication, I mean, promotional drink. Continue the mantra of "Apple is never wrong, white plastic is the most beautiful thing in the universe" over and over.

Re:Mouse Acceleration (2, Informative)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578602)

System Prefs - Mouse - Acceleration slider... move to 0.

Re:Mouse Acceleration (1)

Nirvelli (851945) | more than 6 years ago | (#22582738)

That doesn't fully get rid of mouse acceleration. It just reduces it.

Jump to End of Line (1, Troll)

Danuvius (704536) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577564)

Does the master keystroke list tell you how to jump to the beginning or the end of the line without using the mouse?

I have never seen that done on a Macintosh computer before. For those of us with a real computer, the 'home' and 'end' keys perform this bit of magic quite universally.

Re:Jump to End of Line (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22577622)

apple + left arrow (home)
apple + right arrow (end)

get a mac before you complain about how its not a "real" computer.

Re:Jump to End of Line (4, Informative)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578796)

Additionally you can use option+left/right arrow to jump to beginning/end of words and option+shift+left/right to highlight words... while apple/command + shift +arrows will highlight the rest of the sentence to the left or right of your current insertion point.

I'd say that's enough *real* features whatever that means...

Re:Jump to End of Line (2, Informative)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577802)

On older keyboards it's command+left / command+right. Alt+left/right goes between words.

I think the newer keyboards do have end/home keys, as well as an fn key and better-labelled page up, down and command keys.

Re:Jump to End of Line (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579262)

Home and End usually go to the top or bottom of a document, though, not a line.

^E: simple emacs bindings are supported (2, Informative)

igb (28052) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577814)

^A and ^E. Handily, every text box that's a product of the standard libraries on a Mac supports (albeit not desperately, or at all, well documented) basic emacs binding. It's a NeXTStep legacy. So I'm typing this into a standard browser text box in Safari, and ^A, ^E, ^T, ^B, ^F, ^K, ^Y, ^O, ^P and ^N have their expected meanings. The meta/escape versions don't work, and there's no marks (^@ or ^-space), kill ring, and so on. But it's enough to be going on with, and makes typing slashdot posts far more civilised.

Re:^E: simple emacs bindings are supported (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578238)

Emacs binding is present for all Cocoa text fields (Safari, Camino, most Apple-supplied apps with the occasional exception). You have no idea how many times I sit here at work on an XP system and try to Control-T to twiddle my typos!

Re:Jump to End of Line (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577838)

I can't tell you off the top of my head, since it's not something I consciously think about, but now I've typed something into this box I can see what buttons my fingers press when I think beginning / end of line...

Apparently it's command-left/right. Skipping a single word is option-left/right. Unless you are in a Qt app, in which case it might be control, because Qt developers wouldn't know interface consistency if someone beat them to death with it (not sure if this has been fixed in recent versions of Qt - I tend to avoid Qt apps like the plague).

Re:Jump to End of Line (2, Informative)

Yaztromo (655250) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578066)

Does the master keystroke list tell you how to jump to the beginning or the end of the line without using the mouse?

Command-LeftArrow, Command-RightArrow has always worked fine for me.

Yaz.

Re:Jump to End of Line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22578798)

"For those of us with a real computer..."

If you don't have a Unix or Unix-like based OS, you don't have a "real computer". What is your case?

Re:Jump to End of Line (2, Insightful)

Danuvius (704536) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580686)

Presumably your little comment was meant to prop-up OS X as a real OS based on its POSIX compliance.

One need only watch a Mac user work for 5 minutes to recognize that its POSIX compliance means nothing. The OS seems to miraculously turn even previously reasonable savvy computer users into specific-application-using near-luddites. Happened to my best friend. Seriously.

As for me, I use Linux.

Re:Jump to End of Line (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22583282)

"As for me, I use Linux."

Of course you do.

Re:Jump to End of Line (2, Informative)

keytoe (91531) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579200)

  • option - left/right arrow: Beginning/end of word
  • command - left/right arrow: Beginning/end of line
  • command - up/down arrow: Beginning/end of document
  • Add shift to any of the above to do selection modifications

Additionally, most standard EMACS key bindings are supported. Is that 'real' enough for you?

ELIZA !== emulator (1)

seandiggity (992657) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577748)

ELIZA doesn't "emulate" a therapist, whatever that would mean. It's a parody of a psychiatric interview.

Wrong ISBN ! (2, Informative)

malaba (9813) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577790)

on Amazon:

ISBN-10: 059652952X
ISBN-13: 978-0596529529

Re:Wrong ISBN ! (5, Funny)

johannesg (664142) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579378)

Stop supporting ISBN-13 numbers, damnit! It is like the IP6 of ISBN numbers:

- We can still go years with the existing ISBN-10 system.
- We can gain even more years if large publishers were to return unused parts of their ISBN-10 space.
- The ISBN-13 system will require vast changes to existing libraries costing billions of dollars.
- In fact, BAT ("Book Address Translation") is good enough for most users.
- BAT provides an extra layer of security that ISBN-13 just doesn't have.
- The extra digits are inefficient and take up needless space.
- None of the problems with ISBN-10 are fixed by ISBN-13.
- Noone can remember ISBN-13 numbers, they are just too long.

Did I miss any?

And while I'm here anyway, just who is misplacing all those manuals anyway and why is that newsworthy?

What's next on slashdot? "Cowboy Neal: the Missing Carkeys"?

Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (2, Insightful)

Dr. Zowie (109983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577848)

* occasional graphic system hangs (background processes work fine, keyboard and mouse stop working, firing up a new dialog box causes a process to hang)

* Looooong wait times for wake-from-sleep (15 seconds typical) with no indication whether it's going to wake from sleep at all (e.g. if the battery is drained)

* sometimes doesn't sleep when lid is closed (until the battery drops to emergency levels, see above)

* sometimes doesn't recognize monitors when waking from sleep. Sometimes the monitor it doesn't recognize is the macbook's own.

* Fucks up screen geometry when plugged into a 1600x1200 external monitor (menu bar moves to external monitor as needed, but stays at the native-screen width; X windows and most applications silently ignore clicks near the lower or right edges of the external monitor

I'm sorry I ever upgraded to Leopard -- it's such a buggy piece of crap that I'm beginning to feel like I'm using a Microsoft product.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (3, Insightful)

avalys (221114) | more than 6 years ago | (#22577940)

I have the exact same issues with my 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro. I did an "archive and install" from 10.4, but I'm thinking of doing a clean reinstall and seeing what happens. A friend of mine with the exact same laptop upgraded to Leopard and is having no problems, so I'm guessing I have some kind of crap third-party drivers, kernel extensions, or something on my system that is screwing things up.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (1)

toddabalsley (1163625) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578180)

Same problem. I did a clean install of everything and restored my docs from backup, and the problem seems to be corrected.

I went to Leopard a little early; but with 10.5.2, it is a lot better. There was a graphics update at the same time that probably did the actual fixing.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22583822)

I don't know about the other ones (and I did experience a few), but the long wake-from-sleep was a network-availability issue where the fix supposedly couldn't be backported to 10.4 from 10.5 (at least that's what the kernel developers were telling me). If you're still seeing it in 10.5, then try filing a bug with Apple (or if you know any developers at Apple, try getting one of them to post internally) - it'll probably be duped, but you never know.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22579022)

I had minor issues too with an update. I did a fresh reinstalled and all problems were gone.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580228)

* occasional graphic system hangs (background processes work fine, keyboard and mouse stop working, firing up a new dialog box causes a process to hang)

I haven't seen that one, so I can't comment.

* Looooong wait times for wake-from-sleep (15 seconds typical) with no indication whether it's going to wake from sleep at all (e.g. if the battery is drained)

Heh, I wish my Windows machine was as fast waking as a broken OS X machine. :) I've seen this one occasionally when running old carbon applications that have not been recompiled since 10.1. I think it has to do with a conflict when there is a runaway LaunchCFMApp process and the system is suspended and you require a password to wake from sleep. Or maybe you're seeing a different issue. Anyway, that does not seem fixed in 10.5.2

* sometimes doesn't sleep when lid is closed (until the battery drops to emergency levels, see above)

I had this problem with an old work machine. Eventually figured out it was a hardware problem. Replacing the hardware using an archive install fixed this and it has never been a problem since.

* sometimes doesn't recognize monitors when waking from sleep. Sometimes the monitor it doesn't recognize is the macbook's own.

I saw this one regularly with 10.4. It has been gone since I upgraded to 10.5.0 (archive install).

* Fucks up screen geometry when plugged into a 1600x1200 external monitor (menu bar moves to external monitor as needed, but stays at the native-screen width; X windows and most applications silently ignore clicks near the lower or right edges of the external monitor

Hmm, never seen that one.

I'm sorry I ever upgraded to Leopard -- it's such a buggy piece of crap that I'm beginning to feel like I'm using a Microsoft product.

That sucks. I guess all I can do here is echo others and recommend trying a fresh install and see what happens. Personally, I haven't had any problem bothersome enough for me to consider doing so since 10.0, since the install from old mac option is just too bloody convenient.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (1)

Dr. Zowie (109983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580310)

Thanks, 99..., avalys, and todd... -- it appears I need to do a fresh install. I'll take a stab at that sometime in the next few days.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (1)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580450)

I'm sorry I ever upgraded to Leopard -- it's such a buggy piece of crap that I'm beginning to feel like I'm using a Microsoft product.
Tell me about it. For a second there I thought you were describing my ThinkPad. Looks like Apple is doing their best to become a mainstream OS, bugs and all.

Re:Will it tell me how to fix these bugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22580536)

I don't suppose you had something like SleepWatcher installed? http://www.bernhard-baehr.de/ [bernhard-baehr.de]

I had a similar problem when leopard came out and remembered I was using SleepWatcher - the OS itself now can do what I was using it for, so I uninstalled it and my problems went away.
According the the site, leopard fixes were made, but I've not yet had reason to try them.

Needs to be tagged "Apple"... (3, Insightful)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578488)

Wondering why this doesn't show up on apple.slashdot.org. Hmmm?

Will it tell me (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22578524)

Will it tell me how to install OSX onto non-proprietary closed hardware?

Re:Will it tell me (1)

Jerry Rivers (881171) | more than 6 years ago | (#22583220)

Why should it when you can just go a web site dedicated to that.

"secret 2-button feature"???? (2, Informative)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 6 years ago | (#22578636)

That has been prominent in the advertising all along. It has a scroll wheel and is/can be a two-button mouse.

http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/ [apple.com]

Touch-sensitive technology under Mighty Mouse's seamless top shell detect where you're clicking, transforming your sleek, one-button mouse into a two-button wonder.


Also, it's prominent in the picture at the top of the page.

Slashdot needs better review guidelines (3, Insightful)

helge (67258) | more than 6 years ago | (#22579570)

The ratings given to reviewed books are useless as it is now. Most books are given an 8 or 9, and there doesn't seem to be any system for how to rate the books. For example, the last X books that I looked up under book reviews were given: 7/10, 9, 9/10, 6/10, 8, 8/10, 8/10, 9, 9, 9/10, 9, 8, 8/10, 7/10, 10. The reviewers don't even know if there should be a "/10" in the rating or not. I've also seen ratings on a 1 to 5 scale.

It would be better, if different parts and aspects of the books were given separate ratings, and then a total rating was calculated from the parts. Please also look into how other publications rate books. I'm sure there's a lot to be learned.

Read on... (1, Funny)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 6 years ago | (#22580374)

...for the rest of John's review.
Um, why bother? I read the first 2 sentences and figured he gave it a 10. And look, I'm right.

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