December 8, 2004
"Mac Annoyances": How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Mac
Sebastopol, CA--Anyone who uses a Mac will tell you that most of the time
your Mac is your best friend. Without question, these machines can be
immensely beneficial and delightful tools. But there are also those
times--whether you're the proud owner of the very latest version or you're
still tapping away on yesterday's model--when your Mac can show its dark
side. And then, your best friend can also be a royal pain in the neck.
Any way you slice it, Macs can still induce minor headaches at the most
The simple fact is that computers have been annoying us for decades, and
the Mac is no exception. "Remember how ticked off Dave was when HAL
began returning the error message 'I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that' in 2001:
A Space Odyssey?" asks John Rizzo, author of the newly released Mac
Annoyances (O'Reilly, US $24.95) "And let's not forget poor Dr. Smith's
frustration with that infernal robot nattering, 'Danger, Will Robinson' in
Lost in Space. Talk about your kernel panics!" But, as Rizzo adds, no
computer is more annoying than the computer sitting on your desk.
Mac Annoyances feels your pain. Developed for the individual who can't
live without a Mac yet can't deal with its fickle temperament, this handy
book provides solutions to scores of common problems faced by Mac owners.
Inside its pages you'll find a wealth of hidden and previously undocumented
tips, tricks, and workarounds designed to drastically improve your specific
problem-solving capabilities. The result is a significant enhancement of your
overall user experience and a tremendous savings of time no matter which
version you own. To say nothing of what it'll do for your blood pressure.
Annoyed Mac users will find that hassles associated with Mac OS X, iLife,
Mac hardware, and Microsoft Office (the mother of all annoyances) are all
addressed in detail. Also tackled: how to overcome problems related to
specific applications such as iTunes, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and
Apple's Mail program.
Are you having trouble browsing the Web or searching with Google? Want to
make your Mac a bit faster? Keyboard causing you trouble? These, and
dozens more annoyances like them, are all dissected as well. The truth is,
if you've experienced it, Mac Annoyances addresses it.
Mac Annoyances is a follow-up to the bestselling PC Annoyances. In
keeping with the spirit of O'Reilly's Annoyances series, Rizzo adopts a
sympathetic tone throughout the book that soothes while it amuses. Rather
than making you feel like you possess minimal technical savvy, Mac
Annoyances will take you along for a fun-filled ride as you join forces
to outsmart the system together.
ISBN: 0-596-00723-X, 156 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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