Book Review:
Macintosh...The Naked Truth

Macintosh...The Naked Truth, by Scott Kelby. 219 pp. New Riders, 2002. $19.99.

Scott Kelby’s irreverent wit graces the pages of several best-selling books including Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks and the just-released Mac OS X v. 10.2 Jaguar Killer Tips, as well as MacDesign Magazine, of which he is editor-in-chief.
In Macintosh...The Naked Truth, Kelby’s over-the-top humor takes center stage as he fires off hilarious, insightful pot shots at PC users, Apple, CompUSA, Microsoft, the media and a slew of other targets that populate the world of Macintosh users. In Kelby’s own words, parts of the book:

"will be sheer joy, like the moment when you uncover the “secret of Macintosh” and can’t believe that you’ve gone this long “living in the dark.” Other parts will be humiliating and depressing, like when you meet someone for the first time at a party, mention that you have a Macintosh, and they look at you as though you had asked, “Have you ever considered the benefits of a Universal Life policy?”

A very silly “Definitive Platform Test” helps determine whether you and the people you know are using the right platform. Questions include “Which of these vehicles appeals to you most? a) VW Beetle, b) Toyota Camry, c) Ford Minivan, d) Humvee.” According to Kelby, Beetle fans are most likely to be Mac users. Hmm, I wonder if the Beetle’s resemblance to a classic iMac is coincidental?
In “The 20 most important things I’ve learned about being a Mac user” Kelby advises readers to attend a Macworld Expo keynote, always wait for the OS updater, buy the fastest Mac you can afford, and make some Mac friends (that’s what user groups are for!)
Kelby’s book is a rude, rollicking take on what it’s like to be a Mac user in a Windows world. It’s lots of fun, and a great gift for the passionate Mac fan in your life.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the October 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.