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5.1. Hacks #48-65

Beneath the sleek, elegant, Technicolor — and, yes, at times whimsical — candy coating of Mac OS X's graphical user interface beats the heart of an honest-to-goodness Unix operating system. It's a world of high-contrast plain text, at first blush not entirely unlike the much-maligned DOS shell of the Windows world.

While much of a Mac user's life is lived above the desktop abstraction, an occasional dip beneath the surface brings powers unimaginable and simply not possible with a point-and-click interface. There are servers to run, remote machines to manipulate, settings to tweak, events to schedule, and more. Many of the hacks in this book are best dealt with on the command line.


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