OSX book for detailed information

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cudadown, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Cudadown macrumors regular

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    I have a couple of the very nice new Mac user type books which I throughly enjoy. What I would like to find now is a book that covers very detailed information about things such as;

    Terminal commands
    OS basics and advanced system info
    In-depth Automator usage and functions
    Apple script
    Mac system architecture
    ..etc.

    Not a machine coding type book. I guess it would be like "Intro to Macs 102/103" or maybe "After learning iLife, Frontrow and the finder..what can you do now" type book. Anything like that in print?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is David Pogue's book going to be too basic for you at this point?

    http://www.amazon.com/Mac-OS-Leopard-Missing-Manual/dp/059652952X

    To be honest, when I got my first Apple computer (iBook four years ago), I borrowed the Panther version of that book briefly from the library and skimmed it, but I found out 99% of what I wanted to know with google searches (many of which led me here ;) ).
     
  3. Cudadown thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree. That is a great book. I'm not really a advanced user or anything like that yet. But I do love books and I love having reference manuals laying around for those nice long lunch breaks. I'm a book junkie and I really love printed lists of commands and what not. I might not even need or ever use the high tech or low level info but I still love to read it.

    I know...I'm a nerd. :cool:
     
  4. MST macrumors 6502

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    It sounds as though you're looking along the same lines as me; I'm certainly not an advanced user but since I got Switching to a Mac for Dummies for Christmas I've been in search of similar books that delve a little deeper, I'm already planning on getting David Pogue's Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual which I imagine will be much the same as the Dummies book, but if I could I'd like to find some titles with the same sort of subject matter that Cudadown has listed.

    Cudadown [or anyone else] is there any chance that you could post a list of the titles you currently have?
     
  5. Cudadown thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have;

    Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard: Peachtree learning series - excellent book
    Switching to a Mac for Dummies - not bad but very very basic
    Mac OS X Leopard pocket guide (Chuck Toporek) - handy but still entry level stuff.

    There are so many hundreds of questions I have about a Mac that none of these books come close to discussing. For instance...

    + Explain the file and formating structure of a OS X drive.
    + How does the EFI differ from BIOS systems & what are the advantages.
    + Explain the 1000's of different commands and there uses in the terminal.
    + How are the motherboards in a Mac structured.
    + Main differences in how OS X works with hardware versus a windows pc
    + Much much more about OpenGL
    + Tweaks and tips
    and on and on

    You get the idea.
     
  6. MST macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the list, the Dummies book is very basic as you say but as sad as it may sound it makes great bedtime reading ;)

    Any further title suggestions anyone?
     

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