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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

This fourth edition of Sad Macs has been by far the most difficult one for me to write. The main reason for this is that my Web site, MacFixIt, has grown tremendously since the last edition of Sad Macs was published. And with this growth has come an ever increasing demand on my time. It got to the point where it was almost impossible for me to write the book and work on my Web site at the same time. Somehow, I still managed to finish the book, months later than I had originally hoped, but still finished.

For this reason, my first acknowledgment must go to Marty Cortinas and all the editors and staff at Peachpit Press that put up with a near constant series of delays and broken promises of meeting deadlines. Thanks for not giving up on me altogether!

And similarly, thanks to Nancy Peterson, my editor at Macworld magazine where I had been a columnist for the Secrets section, for allowing me to delay writing several months of columns so that I could have more time to work on the book.

A thank you also to Oakland University, where I work as a professor, for granting me the leave time I needed so that I could work on Sad Macs.

And my biggest thanks to my wife, Naomi, who somehow managed to put up with my nearly 24/7 work schedule and not only did not divorce me but actually gave me the support and encouragement I needed to finish the task.

A warm thanks to all of the public relations people and product managers for the various products that are mentioned in this book. They answered my technical questions and sent me the software and hardware when I needed it.

I also offer my gratitude to all of the readers of the previous editions of Sad Macs who have patiently waited for this delayed new edition to finally get published

And a special note of gratitude to all of the readers of the MacFixIt Web site who, through their emails to me, have contributed to the database of information on the site. This information provided much of the background for the new material in this edition of Sad Macs. Without this help, the book would have been almost impossible to complete.

Finally, I offer my personal thanks to Steve Jobs. When the third edition of Sad Macs was published, Apple had entered a dark period where its sales were sinking, red ink was mounting, and critical promised software (most notably the original "Copland" Mac OS) had been cancelled. The media were all but writing Apple's obituary. Then Steve Jobs returned to the company he had founded and worked to re-create it. He told us to "Think Different." The result was the iMac, the iBook, Mac OS X and all of the other fantastic products of the past few years. This triggered a resurgence in Apple sales and prestige that is still growing. Without this, there might not have been a reason to write a fourth edition of Sad Macs.

Ted Landau

May 2000

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