Mac OS X for Windows Users: A Switchers' Guide
||Author: David Coursey|
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Publisher: Peachpit Press (06 February, 2003)
Sales Rank: 208,995
Average Customer Rating: 2.82 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Lazy and sloppy
Had this book been titled 'My Switch to Mac, a Personal Odyssey', it would merit two or three stars. But it's titled 'Mac OS-X for Windows Users', and with such a title one expects much more than this book delivers
The author is lazy and sloppy at all turns. Other reviewers have mentioned the 'filler' material such as pro-Apple testimonials from 'Switchers', and the author's habit of saying 'this should work, although I didn't try it'. But also take note of the screenshots, which often include oddball icons that the author explains away as software he happens to have installed on his machine, but isn't relevant to the current discussion. It's as if he didn't want to spend the $1000 for a clean-install machine and start from ground zero, as a new user in his target audience would, so he took screenshots from his everyday box instead.
I've used Windows for many years and recently bought an iMac. This book provided little of value to me.
There's a good book still 'waiting to be written' on the subject. For instance, when I first tried my iMac, I was puzzled that when I killed a window, it didn't kill the app. There's still a black triangle in the dock indicating the process is still alive and eating up RAM. In Windows, you click the X, and the app is dead. So what do I do on the iMac? Baffled, I opened a terminal window, looked at 'top', and 'kill'ed all the junk by process-ID. But I thought 'this can't be the best way', and it isn't. Among other 'better' approaches, you can hold down the mouse button on the dock icon and a menu with Quit comes up. But this is exactly the sort of useful explanation the book lacks.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Don't waste your money or time.
I am a life long PC user who also has 3 Macs. I just purchase 2 of the hottest new Macs for my video edit suite and saw this book on the shelf and grabbed it without opening it. I actually thought it would contain some useful information about the OS X and help me get up to speed easier. Foolish me for judging a book by its cover. This author should be ashamed of himself. The only thing worse than the content is the writing. I do recommend this publisher however for anyone who cannot write and doesn't have much to say because clearly they don't care either.
Bottom line - I purchased the Mac! I don't need to be validated or praised as a "switcher." The book is full of Mac ads and commercials and who needs that. What I wanted was to know how the Mac and PC are the same and how to get the job done in OS X not an assemblage of why the PC is inferior.
BTW: I don't write reviews but this book is so bad I felt it was a must.
Rating: 1 out of 5
A re-print of Apple ads, Apple help pages and all..
This not worth the paper it is printed on, you can get all of this and much more by simple putting in the appropiate search terms in Google. That will give you in-depth info on the pros and cons, from people lacking an agenda. And if you want an Apple shot, for gods sake, just turn your browser to www.apple.com.
Furthermore, Mr. Coursey is an evangelist, this is a feel good book for those who never understood Windows, and never will. Too bad that your wallet and computing future will ache instead.
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