Mac Hacks – Book Review

On May 17, 2013, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Julie Kuehl


Mac Hacks – Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of OS X
Author: Chris Seibold
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Price: US $24.99 (print) | US $19.99 (ebook)
330 pages
ISBN: 978-1-449-32558-9

The cover of Mac Hacks features a Swiss Army knife, which is very fitting given the breadth of topics this book addresses. The hacks covered in this book range from Quick Hacks for Mountain Lion to Give Your Polycarbonate Mac a Dye Job. But whether you consider yourself a “hacker” or not, this book contains some great information that many Mac users will find useful. Topics like Create a Great Backup and Create a Bootable Flash Drive should be of interest to many Mac owners.

Cover of Mac Hacks book

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Teach Yourself Visually: Mac mini
Author: Guy Hart-Davis
Publisher: Wiley
Pricing: $29.99 US, $47.99 CAN, $35.99 Ebook
352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-1183-7487-0

Gaz TYVisually Mac mini

The Teach Yourself Visually series of books contain clear step-by-step, descriptive instructions on how to get the most from your Mac. This title tells you what to look for when buying a new Mac mini. It also provides some good advice about peripherals that you can purchase for your machine. This is a great book for the new Mac user. Buy it before you purchase your machine and it will pay rewards.

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OS X Support Essentials (Apple Pro Training Series)
by Kevin M White and Gordon Davisson
Peachpit Press
Pearson Education
ISBN-10: 0321887190
ISBN-13: 978-0321887191
Price: $64.99

OS X Support Essentials, Cover

Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) has matured remarkably quickly. As has now become the norm, printed guides, tutorials, reference books and introductions of all sorts have appeared equally speedily in the months following Mountain Lion’s release. Indeed, we have already reviewed Galen Gruman’s “Bible” (Wiley).

Most of these titles reflect the fact that, good and stable though it is, Mountain Lion has few startling or groundbreaking aspects. It hardly contains enough new features to fill a substantial book of its own. So it is with this Mountain Lion volume in the Apple Pro Training Series, OS X Support Essentials, by Kevin M White and Gordon Davisson.

Actually, it’s only in the subheading, “Supporting and Troubleshooting OS X Mountain Lion”, that you know that this is indeed a book for users of the latest Apple OS. But it is; and it does its job extremely well. So well, in fact, that it should be considered a leader in the couple of dozen or so books available now.

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What’s Old Is New Again
MyMac Podcast #430

On November 22, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Extra long show this week because Gaz and Guy had lots of important things to say…actually we just wouldn’t shut up. There were big doings though as Guy finally replaces his old worn out Mac Pro for a newer worn out Mac Pro but one that will run Mountain Lion and Gaz also upgrades his Macs to the new King of the Jungle. They take you through the steps they used and some of the pitfalls they discovered.

Some Links:
Making a Mountain Lion Bootable USB stick –
Gaz’s App Pick: Star Wars Knights of the Republic £2.99 ($4.99)
Guy’s App Pick: Store News by Christian Kienle Free
People’s Pick from Macnatico: Angry Birds Star Wars. The name says it all.

OS X Mountain Lion Bible

On September 7, 2012, in Book Review, Mac OS X, by Mark Sealey

Mountain Lion Bible, cover

OS X Mountain Lion Bible
Author: Galen Gruman
Price: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-1184-0143-9
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


It’s encouraging for the Apple community that new books on new Mac operating systems appear regularly, and in quantity, each time a new OS release appears. During Apple’s less successful periods you struggled to find more than a handful of decent explorations in print of arguably the most elegant and robust OS for any desktop computer. Now there are several dozen. Galen Gruman’s “OS X Mountain Lion Bible” is one of the best for 10.8…

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I LIke Turtles
MyMac Podcast #416

On August 15, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No turtles were hurt (because we like them) in the making of this podcast, but brain cells could be an entirely different matter. We recording a few days earlier from now on which means you get all that GMen goodness a few days early too! Well until you get used to it and don’t think it’s a big deal anymore. Gaz watches the Olympics through the BBC on his iPad and Guy wipes Snowy off his Mac Pro. We’re both amused over the MASSIVE amounts of tablets Samsung sold last quarter (37,000) as well as other courtroom shenanigans from our friends from across the pond who never saw a good design they couldn’t steal! Dorothy Yamamoto asks us about iCloud and much much more!

Some Links:
The Mac Expo…no a DIFFERENT Mac Expo!
Happy birthday HyperCard!
Need to put Lion or Mountain Lion on a USB Stick? (/)
Guy’s App Pick: Tweetdeck from Twitter Free
Gaz’s App Pick: Guardian Eyewitness images from around the world, great pictures.
and Apple’s Preview ROCKS

People’s Pick: From Tenex on Twitter. AirPrint Activator can enable any networked printer to print from an iOS device running at least iOS 4.2 or later. Donationware from

TechFan Podcast #88

On August 3, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Why do we only celebrate someone after they are gone? Tim reviews the Nexus 7, but not really. He also reviews the Kindle Touch, but again, not really. Why is Field Runners 2 now on the back burner? Mountain Lion, the Olympics, menu item creep, and much more is discussed.

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Mountain Lion Lives While iWork Dies
MyMac Podcast #414

On August 2, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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No Gaz this week as he’s off on one of those pesky vacations but Guy isn’t flying solo as Tim Verpoorten from SurfBits and the Mac ReviewCast jumps in. They talk about how it’s Tim’s fault his wife hit their garage, bad multiple modems, and a weird iPhoto Library issue. From there it’s off to Some Mountain Lion talk, the death of yet another Apple cloud service, and bigger iPhones with smaller connectors. It’ll all make sense once you listen…trust me!

Some Links
No time for prayer? Not to worry technology has you covered!
The “Save As” command is back…in a way
Guy’s App Pick: Growl from the Growl Project LLC $2.99 at the Mac App Store
Tim’s App Pick: NetNewsWire from NewsGator Technologies for iOS  or for the Mac from their web site
Also from Tim Fiplab mobile application crafters


TechFan Podcast #87

On July 27, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David ignore Mountain Lion, discuss the invention of the Internet, big media companies, Olympic coverage online, Mitt Romney, CNNs tech coverage headlines, Microsoft, Sparrow being taken over my Google, Flickr, and much more.

How Microsoft Lost its Mojo

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Leisure Suit Rubin
TechFan Podcast #66

On February 17, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim sits down with Owen Rubin to discuss giving up caffeine, lending institutions not taking money, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and lastly Innovative Leisure. Unfortunately, outside matters take hold and we had to cut the last segment shorter than we had hoped. Look for Owen again soon on TechFan!

Innovative Leisure

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