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Be Prepared

I'm sorry to keep introducing the phrase “as I write this” in this narrative, but the simple fact is that as I write this chapter, Mac OS X is not yet completely baked. It was only in September 2001 that Apple released a version that was really worth a darn: Mac OS X 10.1. Previous versions designed for early adopters were, frankly, fairly marginal—slow and incapable of performing such routine chores as burning a CD, playing a DVD, and configuring an AirPort network. Given that Mac OS X will remain a work in progress for many months (and, possibly, years) to come, you'll be doing yourself a favor by protecting your data and making a few provisions before installing Mac OS X.

These provisions include:


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