recs for a Mac OS X primer/reference?

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  1. beethovengirl macrumors regular

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    I currently own a 4+ year old clamshell iBook running OS 9 and will be buying a new iBook soon. :) So, I'm seeking recommendations on what kind of OS X primer/reference to buy...?

    I've used a friend's PB running OS X, so I know basic things, but I don't feel as comfortable as I do with OS 9 [it took me awhile to figure out how much RAM was being utilized, for example]. Also, I have some unix background, not so much in programming, but in basic use. I routinely use commands like "ls -lt | more" on my school unix acct, for example.

    Thanks for any suggestions! :)
     
  2. jackc macrumors 65816

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    David Pogue's The Missing Manual is great unless you're looking for really advanced stuff. It even has some basic UNIX commands.
     
  3. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    What do you mean by "really advanced"? I'm not going to be writing shell scripts or anything, but, as I said, I'm computer literate enough to know what "ls -lt | more" means...

    thanks :)
     
  4. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    If you want a good, readable reference that covers the features of OS X, Pogue's 'Missing Manual' is the one to get. It is not an in-depth guide to Unix, Applescript, programming, etc., though it does introduce each of the subjects.

    My advice is to head down to your local mega-bookstore and sit down with a copy for 30 minutes or so. You'll probably end up taking it home.
     

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