Mac OS X Panther All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Author: Mark L. Chambers
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ISBN: 0764543253
Publisher: Hungry Minds, Inc (08 December, 2003)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 27,287
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Apple should ship this book with Panther!
If you have ever been unsure about updating your Mac to OS X 10.3 Panther, this is THE book to have right by your side. (and that goes double if you have made the right decision to switch from Windows to Mac!) I have had a Macintosh for 3 years now and I have never felt as well-prepared as I feel after reading this Mac classic.

With over 700 pages you would figure that things would get overwhelming or boring pretty quickly. The book is so well organized and Chambers writes so well that I really did read this Dummies book from cover to cover, and that is the first time I have ever truly enjoyed a computer book. When you aren't laughing at the humor you are learning a LOT (for me the tough spots in Jaguar were always networking and security, both of which are fully explained). The author has a writing style that reminds me of Al Franken, if Franken was a computer expert.

When I saw all-in-one in the title I figured I would find all I needed to know about Panther itself. The book did not disappoint there, but what I did not expect was the indepth tutorials and descriptions of all of the ILIFE applications. Every setting is explained and everything is demonstrated with easy steps and screen snapshots. If you want to learn some of the optional super-technical side, Chambers keeps the guru stuff marked with icons too.

If you are nervous around your Macintosh or you want a complete guide before you jump into Panther, you certainly won't find a better book than this one. Thanks to the Dummies crew again!

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