Hacking Mac OS X Tiger: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations reviewed by Robert
Author: Scott Knaster
The Extreme Tech Series:
Released: July 22, 2005
$25 USD $32 CND 17 GBP 22 Euro
For those interested in modding their Macs.
Strengths: Excellent hacks and mods not found elsewhere.
Weaknesses: None found.
Hacking Mac OS X Tiger: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations by Scott Knaster is a 3 part
book covering tips, mods and hacks for Mac OS X Tiger. If you are into geeking or hacking,
there is information within the pages of this book not found elsewhere. Sure, you can download
the coding, but you will want the book anyway and not just for its fancy nearly 3D cover.
Scott Knaster didn't dream up all these himself, he had help from the hack Pack and a lot of
others he has listed on his Acknowledgements page. The book is totally engaging starting with
turnaround quotes from Bill Joy, who co founded Sun Microsystems and said in 1985 that Mac
didn't run UNIX to 2003 where he said Mac OS X was a rock solid system and preferred it to
Don't skip over the Tips section. There are items on unfreezing frozen .zip files, cloning widgets,
putting the Dock at the top of the screen or sit in a corner, pimping the Blob, changing the dialog
to something more friendly when apps crash, enabling Root, grabbing iTunes music videos to
play in QuickTime through Safari, finding hidden tracks on CDs and iTunes, customizing X11
and a host of other things.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8