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Introduction > BUT WHY MAC ANNOYANCES?

BUT WHY MAC ANNOYANCES?

At this point, some of you are probably thinking, "Surely John doesn't mean that my faithful Mac is annoying." Indeed I do. I've been a Mac user for the past 20 years, and I've seen it all-from System 1.0 to the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X. And throughout these years, one pattern has been consistent: the current version of the hardware and software-whatever it is-is just fabulous, innovative, and cutting edge. Then, a new version comes out and we wonder how we ever put up with that last irritating version that was seemingly designed for troglodytes. But this new version is great. Then, the next version comes out, and the pattern repeats.

I don't want to give the idea that the evolution of the Macintosh has been a steady march of progress. It hasn't. New versions of Mac hardware and software often fix older bugs and annoying features, but they also often create new and unexpected headaches. This means you won't find the answer to all of your Mac's irritations by buying a new Mac or upgrading your software. I suspect that this will always be the case, even when we are asking our robot butlers to go put our flying Jetsons cars in our sky garages.

Let's get one thing straight. In this book, I'm not bashing Apple or Microsoft (well, maybe Microsoft just a little). I like the Mac. It's my machine of choice. I think Macs are less annoying than Windows machines, hands down. But with Macs, you expect more. You expect perfection. You're buying the best personal computer in the world, and you don't expect to be annoyed. We don't expect it to take a "Genius" in an Apple Store to fix a problem.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

If your Mac has ever made your blood boil, this book is for you. Consider Mac Annoyances as your portable Genius Bar. And while it won't replace a dead hard drive, this book will tell you how to fix the most annoying problems you'll undoubtedly encounter as a Mac user. You know, the ones that can give you agita on a daily basis.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOYANCE?

If you have an annoyance that this book does not cover, don't tell my publisher. (They may start asking questions that I'd rather not answer.) Instead, email me. You're more likely to get a response from me if you keep your message short (check out the email guidelines in Chapter 2). I can't promise I'll respond to every person, but I will post the good annoyances on my blog at O'Reilly at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/macannoy.

You can contact me at johnrizzo@mac.com.

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