Running Mac OS X Tiger
I'm still using the Free MiniMac and digging it more each day. I got a copy of Running Mac OS X Tiger from O'Reilly. It's really an excellent book. It's got a great, casual tone that realizes that there is a kind of user that isn't a newbie, but isn't a *nix or Mac freak. Just a "prosumer" who wants to get the most out of the new Mac. It's also, as an aside, written by a Portlander, which explains the general tone of the book. This second edition book feels like the work of a person from the NW (which is a very good thing, IMHO). Apparently the second autho built on the work of the first who did the first edition, but you really wouldn't notice as the tone is very even throughout.
I still haven't been able to get my Canon S300 printer (shared via Windows) to work with my Mac. I'm not sure that the Canon drivers I install work for remote printers running under Windows. Even though I installed the new drivers, the S300 doesn't appear in the Printer Browser; only the S400 and S450, and when I print a whole page it only shows up at 1/4 size. Hm. Underneath it's still voodoo.
Anyway, the book walks a nice fine line between the Unix underlayman and the Mac UI. The opening section on the history of the OS refrains from Microsoft bashing and is a very interesting read. I'd forgotten about the whole Rhapsody fiasco and the NeXtSTEP stuff.
Here's a current screenshot of my Mac's Application's folder.Thanks to Scott and Grant from the comments of my Mac post for getting me started...maybe it's time for a Mac Ultimate Tools List? Maybe in a few more years when I know what I'm doing.
If you've got a Mac, you've got some Unix experience but you don't consider yourself a Mac-person, this book is a good way to head in that direction.