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Preface > Acknowledgments


The authors would like to acknowledge the masses who helped make the book possible, and also would like to thank the authors of other O'Reilly books, from which some portions of this book were derived; including:

  • AppleScript in a Nutshell (Bruce M. Perry)

  • AppleScript: The Definitive Guide (Matt Neuburg)

  • CVS Pocket Reference (Gregor N. Purdy)

  • Essential System Administration (Æleen Frisch)

  • Linux in a Nutshell (Ellen Siever, Stephen Spainhour, Stephen Figgins, and Jessica P. Hekman)

  • Mac OS X Panther Pocket Guide (Chuck Toporek)

  • Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks (Brian Jepson and Ernest E. Rothman)

  • DNS & BIND (Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu)

  • Running Mac OS X Panther (James Duncan Davidson)

  • SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide (Daniel J. Barrett and Richard E. Silverman)

  • Unix in a Nutshell (Arnold Robbins)

Acknowledgments for Chuck Toporek

There are many people to thank for their contributions to making this book happen:

  • Jason McIntosh, who initially took on this book and welcomed me as a coauthor, in addition to my recurring role as editor, on the first edition

  • Chris Stone, who along with Scott Gever and Dave Carrano, helped put together a solid Unix Command Reference for the first edition

  • Chris Stone (again) for coming back to work on the second edition as a coauthor with me on revising the book for Mac OS X Panther

  • Leon Towns-von Stauber, who gave some vital contributions to the Unix Command Reference chapter for both editions of the book

  • Andy Lester and Wei-Meng Lee for taking on the task of updating the Unix Command Reference chapter for Panther

  • Daniel Steinberg, who penned the Java on Mac OS X chapter for this edition

  • Wacom, for the loan of a Graphire 3 tablet for testing with Ink

Next, I have to thank my wife Kellie Robinson for putting up with her "geek" of a husband while I took on yet another project. My DIY attitude often gets me in trouble, and you'd think that after having spent four years in the U.S. Navy, I would have learned that "NAVY" stands for "Never Again Volunteer Yourself"—but I didn't. Thanks, Kellie, for putting up with my long nights and weekends of working at home, and for supporting me when I needed it. Thanks also to my family and friends for their support with everything I do.

Thanks to the many people at O'Reilly for their involvement in this project, in particular: David Chu, Claire Cloutier, Mary Anne Weeks Mayo, Julie Hawks, Melanie Wang, Emma Colby, C.J. Rayhill, Bob Amen, Sue Willing, and Lorrie LeJeune for drawing Vinny (the dog on the cover).

Thanks to our great friends at Apple Computer, not only for giving us a killer operating system to work with, but also for their assistance, guidance, and input on some of the technical details we couldn't find answers to.

And last, but not least, I'd like to thank Tim O'Reilly for getting "The Mac Religion," backing all the work I'm doing, and for making O'Reilly a truly awesome place to work (even if I'm now working remotely from a 120-square-foot "office" in Portland, Oregon).

Acknowledgments for Chris Stone

I wouldn't have gotten very far with this book without the support of my incredible wife and kids, Miho, Andy, and Jonathan; to them I dedicate this book, my work, and my life.

For even getting me started on the book, I have to thank editor and coauthor Chuck Toporek, who did an amazing job of putting this whole tome together, and whose support and faith in me were all it took to keep my nose to the grindstone. I must also thank the three other people who were responsible for getting me into print: Troy Mott, Derrick Story, and David Pogue. Without the encouragement and guidance of all four gentlemen, I'd still be only a reader of O'Reilly books.

My thanks also go to the other contributors to this book, namely Jason McIntosh, Leon Towns-von Stauber, Daniel Steinberg, Wei Meng Lee, and Andy Lester, as well as Scott Gever, Dave Carrano, and David Brickner, who helped so much with the first edition. I also have to thank all the kind and talented people at O'Reilly with whom I work as a systems administrator. It's a privilege to be able to do the work I love, and do it with such great colleagues. I'd put the entire company roster here if space (and Chuck) permitted, but special thanks go to Bob Amen, C.J. Rayhill, and Laurie Petrycki for allowing and encouraging me to take on this project.

Finally, I know it would have been impossible to work through all the hours put into this book without having my (almost) weekly disc golf game to look forward to. For that I have to thank my good friends, golf partners and just nice guys, Carlos Chavez and Jon Robbins.

Acknowledgments for Jason McIntosh (from the First Edition)

Chuck Toporek provided great guidance and insight as an editor, and knew when to step in and help write once my life changed in unexpected ways (i.e., I suddenly stopped being unemployed); this book is much better for his active efforts. Chris Stone took on the Unix Command Reference chapter before any of us realized the magnitude of that task, and yet he and his cohorts did a smashing job. I mean, just look at that thing.

John Keimel and Andrew "Zarf" Plotkin tech-reviewed this book. Jim Troutman and Andy Turner at Arcus Digital in Waterville, Maine, hosted my email, web, and CVS server, which was crucial to this project (and my life). They also tossed me some freelance programming jobs to gnaw on, and pitched in with tech reviewing. Karl von Laudermann and Derek Lichter assisted with last-minute fact checking. The filler text in several examples is excerpted from Erik T. Ray's The Lambda Expressway and used with permission.

Derrick Story at the O'Reilly Network let me write some Mac OS X articles for macdevcenter.com, helping me stave off financial ruin until Erik Brauner and the Institute for Chemistry and Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School hired me into a wonderful job midway through this book's production. They showed great patience with me as I pulled odd and antisocial office hours in order to complete the book on time.

Reprising their roles from my work on Perl & XML (with Erik T. Ray, published by O'Reilly), Julia "Cthulhia" Tenney acted as my personal principal gadfly, and the 1369 Coffee House in Cambridge and the Diesel Cafe in Somerville again served as my alternate offices.

Mary Agner, Denis Moskowitz, and the whole regular crowd at the House of Roses game nights made sure I got my biweekly ration of sanity-maintaining game playing.

My housemates Melissa Kibbe and Noah Meyerhans (and, before them, Charles Peterman and Carla Schack) continually encouraged me to hurry up and finish the book, if only so I'd stop moping about it.

If you've made a web page (or even posted to a mailing list) about Mac OS X, I've probably read it and used its information somehow. Thanks.

Mike Scott at the University of Maine first introduced me to Macintosh computers back when System 7 was brand new. Andy England of Mac Advantage in Bangor and Jeff Wheeler of the Town of Hermon gave me my first Mac-centric, post-college jobs. Jason Lavoie and Andy Turner of the late Maine InternetWorks got me into Unix (by way of Linux and Perl) with my first programming job. O'Reilly then hired me, after which they unhired me, but not before getting me irrevocably entangled with technical writing. This is more or less how I got here.

I did all my work for this book on my iBook running Mac OS X. The text is courtesy the Emacs text editor, working in raw DocBook XML, and the screen shots come from Apple's Grab application. The Omni Group's OmniOutliner application helped me organize my thoughts and notes for every chapter I wrote.

All remaining thanks go to my parents Dorothy and Richard, my brothers Peter and Ricky, my aunt Jan, and all of my friends both local and remote, whose network of love and support I relied heavily upon throughout this project, and upon which I shall no doubt continue to draw for whatever silly thing I do next. Yay!

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