The Handbook of the perfect user (Macintosh of
Personal comment: I've written that
book with love. It was an order from the (known in our town) Apple-dealer
Gounis, who firstly told me "write a book about Mac, to give it
out with every new computer sold", but afterwards did not accept
it! Another dark story, so I went to Tziolas and told him "Should We publish
a book, that You'll lose your money?" and he told me "All
right!" So, there's the book!
Moral: If you want to publish a
book, go straight to Tziola! He's
a good entrepreneur and a clean man, which seems to be valuable at
Content: It covers the Macintosh
platform in a way you won't fint in any PC-book! Look at the contents
below to see what I mean. My scope was: when a novice user byes a Mac
and takes the book with it, he wants to be able to operate the computer,
understanding at the same time what realy happens under the
cover (the way the computer is operating) and why it realy happens
(eg, the basic IT principles)! And by finishing the work with the book,
this user should have a "spherical view" of the computer
world in its basic points.
To achieve this scope, I went away from the boundaries of the Macintosh (almost
the half of the book!) and described issues affecting all computer users in
general. So, I came upon the idea to rewrite the book, this time for all users,
describing through a more general view the computer world. I've started already
with it, but due to time constraints, its... frozen! See
here for details.
This book is not recommended,
because the OS versions are far beyond MacOS 8.0, covered in the book.
It is recommended if:
1. You are Macintosh user and have money to waste.
2. You're interested in reading general computer issues in simple words.
You can have a writing example (2 pages) here in Adobe.pdf
For the beginning...
The Hardware of the computer
Extending the computer: peripherals
CHAPTER 1: The MacOS
The Operating Systems
A bit of story
Copying, deleting and renaming
The Desktop folder
The System Folder
Folder "Control Panels"
The other folders
Keeping the System Folder small
What we can do
the Other menus
New versions of MacOS
A few more tips to save a bit
CHAPTER 2: Software
Which software for which use?
Graphic and multimedia
The 5 generations...
ARA (Apple Remote Access)
The other world
Through the network...
Viruses and antibiotics...
CHAPTER 3: How to...
Fine tuning your Power Mac.
Shareware and Public Domaine
Tips & Tricks
And for the last...
Cleaning the mouse
Appendix A: History of the Computers
Appendix B: A few words about Images
Some issues about scanning
Appendix C: System 8
The Next Rhapsody