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Book Review: Mac OS X Pocket Reference, A User’s Guide to Mac OS X

Mac OS X Pocket Reference, A User’s Guide to Mac OS X, by Chuck Toporek. 115 pp. O’Reilly, 2002. $12.95.

This small volume, which really does fit into a pocket, serves as a quick reference guide to OS X for Mac, Windows and Unix users. Part I, the Mac OS X Survival Guide, covers changes from OS 9 and gives tips for converts from Windows and Unix. Part II outlines OS X basics from window controls to configuring users and logging in. Part III, System Tools, gives a brief overview of system preferences, applications and utilities, and the Developer Tools. Part IV, Mac OS X Unix Basics, is a handy starting point for getting your feet wet in the Unix command language on which OS X is based. The section covers configuring and using the Terminal, some command-line editing and shell commands, and basic Unix commands. Part V, the Task and Setting Index, uses a system of arrows and terse descriptions to efficiently guide users through the steps of configuring and administering OS X, such as creating a Font Collection or finding the MAC (media access control) address for an Ethernet card.
The Mac OS X Pocket Reference is a useful, no-nonsense guide that provides the information a technically-inclined person needs to orient himself or herself to OS X.

– 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.