There are 7 parts to the book from using Mac OSX, hardware setup and configuration, advanced
user and network settings, introduction to BSD on Tiger, and advanced SD concepts server and
network administration and finally, system and server health. There is enough stuff here to keep
you busy until Leopard is released!
I'm constantly amazed that every time I ready another Mac OS X book I learn something new
and this book is so full of new learning it almost hurts! My barometer of a good book is weighed
and measured by how many pages I've dog eared. This one is no exception.
I learned about QuickTime Pro features, Dictionary integration into apps, Smart Mailboxes,
encrypted messages and viewing mail activity, integrating apps designed for Linux such as
CUPS foomatic drives and support software, security functions secreted just about everywhere,
Perl, Python, MySQL, database access using ODBC, Apple remote Desktop, ProFTPD (instead
of using ftpd and creating a webserver with Apache, and even some stuff on tripwire and
learning about a little thing called listing the Bill of Materials along with the receipt files, with
installations, and built in diagnostic and repair tools. If any of those got your attention, there is a
lot more where that came from.
This book is another keeper as an excellent resource for Mac OS X Tiger esoterica and
triviameisters. This is not a codebook, but there is plenty of that floating around inside too. What
it is, is a reference guide built on all past Mac OS X versions and it just keeps getting better with
each rev just like Mac OS X.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8