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Part VI: Appendices > Web Sites

E.1. Web Sites

The Web is the salvation of the Mac OS X fan, especially considering the information vacuum that dominated Mac OS X's early days. The Internet was the only place where people could find out what the heck was going on with their beloved Macs. Here are the most notable Web sites for learning the finer points of Mac OS X.

E.1.1. Mac OS X

  • www.macosxhints.com. A gold mine of tips, tricks, and hints. (So are the books spun off from it: Mac OS X Hints—Jaguar Edition and Mac OS X Hints—Panther Edition, due in early 2004.)

  • www.macintouch.com An excellent daily dose of reporting about Mac questions, problems, and news.

  • www.osxfaq.com. Unix tips and techniques, frequently asked questions, and links to useful sites.

  • www.resexcellence.com. A rich resource of information on the underpinnings of Mac OS X, with a focus on changing them.

  • www.versiontracker.com and www.macupdate.com . Massive databases that track, and provide links to, all the latest software for Mac OS X.

  • www.apple.com/developer. Even if you aren't a developer, joining the Developer Connection (Apple's programmers' club) gets you an email newsletter and access to the discussion boards, which are a great place for hearing Mac news first—all for free. (Pay $500 a year to become a Select member, and you get CDs mailed to you containing upcoming versions of Mac OS X.)

  • www.macobserver.com. A good source for news and commentary about the Mac and related products.

  • www.macworld.com. The discussion boards are an ideal place to find solutions for problems. When a bug pops up, the posts here are a great place to start.

  • www.macaddict.com. Another great location for discussion boards.

  • www.macfixit.com. The ultimate Mac troubleshooting Web site, complete with a hotbed of Mac OS X discussion.

  • www.macdevcenter.comO'Reilly's own Mac site. Full of tutorials, news, and interesting weblogs (techie diaries).

  • www.geekculture.com. A hilarious satire site, dedicated to lampooning our tech addiction—especially Apple tech. Perhaps best known for the David Pogue's Head icon for Mac OS X (geekculture.com/download/davidpogue.html).

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