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Macintosh Troubleshooting Pocket Guide David Lerner and Aaron Freimark
Published by O'Reilly and Associates
ISBN:0-596-00443-5
80 pages
£ 8.95
Published: 29th November 2002
reviewed by Raza Rizvi
   in the June 2003 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

I have never been a fan of IT pocket books. These small guidebooks have their place when you are somewhere far and distant and need the advice of someone on what to see and what to do, but in a business, your needs are not set by something you read in a book.

Having said that, I did find this one a rich mix of the weird (`How do I clean my screen') and the obvious. Some of the facts have been technical support favourites since the early days of the Macintosh SE (if not before). Overall, perhaps the greatest use of the book is as a crash course to MacOS 9 and OS X for diehard MacOS 7 and 8 users.

Ultimately, like all FAQ based books, it suffers from the fact that if you carry it round with you, the questions are never quite what you see or you fail to interpret them as they are laid out in the book, and of course once you have read it there is nothing else you can do with it, as it is not a reference book.

If you are new to the Macintosh and travel on the train, then the small format and the small price is worth it for that nugget of information that gets you out of a jam. If you have been using Macs for a while, then there is no need, especially as the FAQ used as the basis for the book is available online at the Tekserve website.

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