Thanks to all the awesome work from Adam and Tanya Engst, Tidbits announced today that my Take Control of OS X Server is now available! To quote some of the Tidbits writeup:
Some projects turn out to be harder than expected, and while Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” was one of them, we’re extremely pleased to announce that the full 235-page book is now available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions to help anyone in a home or small office environment looking to get started with Apple’s OS X Server.
As you’ll likely remember, we published this book chapter by chapter for TidBITS members, finishing it in early September (see “‘Take Control of OS X Server’ Streaming in TidBITS,” 12 May 2014). Doing so got the information out more quickly, broke up the writing and editing effort, and elicited reader comments that helped us refine the text.
Normally, we would have moved right into final editing and published the book quickly, but from mid-September on, our attention has been focused on OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8, and our new Take Control Crash Course series. We were working non-stop, and while we wanted to release “Take Control of OS X Server,” we felt it was more important to finish the books about Apple’s new operating systems for the thousands of people who rely on Take Control for technical assistance.
During that time, we had the entire book copyedited by Caroline Rose, who’s best known for writing and editing Inside Macintosh Volumes I through III at Apple and being the editor in chief at NeXT. Plus, we went over the book carefully to ensure that it used consistent terminology and examples, optimized the outline, and improved many of the screenshots.
The main problem with this delay was that Apple has now updated OS X Server from version 3.2.2 (Mavericks Server, which is what we used when writing the book) to 4.0 (Yosemite Server, which is all that works in Yosemite). Updating the book for Yosemite Server would delay it even longer. Luckily for us, veteran system administrators say that you should never upgrade OS X Server on a production machine right away. And even luckier, the changes in Yosemite Server turn out to be extremely minor (a sidebar in the Introduction outlines them), so those who want to get started now can use the instructions in the book with no problem. It’s also still possible to buy Mavericks Server and install it on a Mac running Mavericks, as long as you have the right Mac App Store link from the book. We are planning to update the book for Yosemite Server (which mostly involves retaking screenshots and changing the “mavserver” name used in examples) in early 2015 — it will be a free update for all purchasers.
You can find out more about the book at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/osx-server. An update will be due out in early 2015, so stay tuned for more!
krypted November 24th, 2014
Kudos to Take Control (including Joe Kissell and Schools McFarland here) for being on the spot with getting Yosemite titles out in alignment with the release of the actual operating system. To put you in control of Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite they have three books for you today: the first two are straightforward and useful, and the third has more real-world, practical advice for the modern Mac user than anything we’ve published recently. To quote the release information today, they are:
* “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell
* “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Scholle McFarland
* “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course,” also by Joe Kissell
Download them from your Take Control Library > http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/account
We’re really excited (and tired, after finishing publication after midnight last night) about these books because they can help lots of Mac users, and we’d really appreciate it if you could tell people about them. In particular, in the two Take Control Crash Courses, each chapter has tweet-worthy tips and built-in sharing buttons so you can spread useful information to your extended networks. It’s pretty innovative for a book — take a look! Anyway, about these titles…
Do you want to upgrade to Yosemite with confidence? You can’t go wrong with “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” now in its 8th major installment. The title has helped tens of thousands of Mac users since 2003, and gives you the benefit of Joe Kissell’s superlative background. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Yosemite, protect against problems with a bootable duplicate, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on your best installation method, no matter what version of Mac OS X you’re upgrading from, all the way back to 10.4 Tiger. You’ll find full installation directions plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques. Joe also explains upgrading from the Yosemite public beta and “upgrades” that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC. It’s 152 pages and costs $15.
Get more information > http://tid.bl.it/tco-yosemite-upgrading-info
The next two books are in our new Take Control Crash Course series, which brings you the first-rate content you expect from us in shorter chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers provide tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to freely share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who really need the information. Take Control Crash Courses feature a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket.
Read “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” to get more out of your Mac as you go about your everyday activities. Written by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland, this book introduces Yosemite’s new interface and discusses new features like iCloud Drive, Handoff, iPhone voice/SMS relay, and Notification Center’s Today view. You’ll learn about key changes in core Apple apps with chapters about Safari, Mail, Messages, and Calendar. You’ll also find answers to questions brought on by recent additions to OS X, such as how to control notifications, tips for using Finder tags, and working with tabbed Finder windows. The book closes with two under-the-hood topics, setting up a new user account (for a child, guest, or troubleshooting) and troubleshooting (with techniques including Safe Boot and OS X Recovery). It’s 77 pages and $10.
Get more information > http://tid.bl.it/yosemite-crash-course-info
Beyond what’s new in Yosemite is the larger problem facing most of us — how to work effectively in today’s modern ecosystem of devices, services, and collaborators. Frankly, sharing with other people and devices is messy, because everyone wants something different. That’s why “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course” may be our most important book of the year, and why we are so grateful to Joe Kissell for taking on the challenge of describing how to share nearly anything you can think of in nearly every imaginable situation. Here are just a few of the gems in this book:
* How iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream are entirely different
* How to share photos fleetingly, privately, permanently, or with your fridge
* The best ways to sync a project’s worth of files with others
* Services to provide ubiquitous access to your own files across devices
* Quick ways to make a file available for download by anyone
* How to share calendars with others, whether or not they use iCloud
* A brief tutorial on enabling Family Sharing
* Tweaky workarounds for contact sharing, which is surprisingly difficult
* How to rip a DVD to your MacBook Air using an older Mac’s SuperDrive
* How to turn your iPhone or Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot
* Ways of watching your uncle work remotely, as you help him with iTunes
* Approaches to syncing Web browser bookmarks and tabs with multiple devices
* How to securely share a collection of passwords with someone else
The list of essential but often frustrating modern tasks goes on and on, and the solutions go beyond what Apple offers, so the book does too. Non-Apple products mentioned include 1Password, AirFoil, BitTorrent Sync, Cargo Lifter, CloudyTabs, Dropbox, Exchange, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Instagram, iPhoto Library Manager, Outlook, Pandora, PhotoCard, Printopia, Reflector, Rdio, Spotify, Syncmate, Syncphotos, Transporter, Twitter, Xmarks, and more.
And, thanks to the new Take Control Crash Course format, you can jump right to the chapter that answers your question, without having to read through lots of other information. It’s 87 pages and only $10.
Get more information > http://tid.bl.it/digital-sharing-crash-course-info
Thank you for your support of Take Control… we couldn’t do it without you!
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
krypted October 17th, 2014
Posted In: Articles and Books
The chapters from my upcoming Take Control book keep rolling into the TidBits website. The next installment is Chapter 4: Directory Services, which can accessed at http://tidbits.com/article/14821.
Hope you enjoy!
krypted June 10th, 2014
Better late than never. Facebook pages for some of my books:
Will post a few more things soon. Thanks!
krypted December 30th, 2012
Posted In: Articles and Books
The last book (far right, Enterprise Mac Managed Preferences) is fresh, exciting (to me at least) and unique in that it is the most comprehensive information regarding managed preferences you can find. Management en masse of Mac OS X is very lucky to have this compendium. If the chapter in our Enterprise Integration book left you wanting more information about managed preferences then this book is for you!
krypted August 6th, 2010
Posted In: Network Infrastructure
The books page had been pulled down for a little while due to some issues I was having embedding images. So I went back to the drawing board and found a way to get a carousel of images. So the page with the books I’ve done is back up and online. Hope you like (and yes, I know they spin too fast, it’s still a little bit of a work in progress).
krypted December 24th, 2009
All 3 of the Snow Leopard titles I’m working on, editing or in one case done with for Apress are now posted to Amazon and can be purchased.
krypted September 21st, 2009
According to a recent O’Reilly Radar report, the fastest growing category on the iTunes App store is books. Some of these are full blown books at full cost. Others are $.99 or even free. This is an interesting potential source of being able to self-publish quickly on micro-topics. For example, a miniature 20 page book on how to do something very specific, sold on the App store for $.99 might be worth the cost to certain people. Like any other app, it might even take off and be uber-popular. On the same token, as an advertising ploy a free book might take off and garner a lot of attention.
No matter how you look at it, the book market is changing, especially with regards to computer books. People don’t buy as many printed books as they used to. And to some degree why would they when there are plenty of web sites that can team them what they want to know. However, as I can tell you from running this site and having written some books, it’s not as simple as all that. When I sit down to write a book I try to organize everything in a manner that will teach a reader a subject. Which is completely different than blogging on 99% of the sites out there, where you might cover installation of Xsan a month after you covered how to change the name of a volume. The problem with trying to learn a subject start-to-finish that way is that you pick up bits and pieces here and there rather than being taught the subject.
Anyway, just food for thought: If you’re interested in writing and don’t know how to break into the market, looking towards the new media outlets such as selling books on iTunes isn’t a terrible way to get started.
krypted March 7th, 2009
Posted In: Articles and Books
If you’re a geek, especially one interested in what I’ve started to call scientific fiction, then this is for you. Neal Stephenson’s last work, a trilogy about slavery and the effect of the scientific community on it during the Age of Reason was astounding. In the Cryptonomicon he really managed to bring about the concepts of cryptography from the point of view of someone surviving World War II. In the U, he drilled down on the whole idea of a massive University and how ludicrous they had become (reminding me of my dorms at UGA along the way). But in this title he goes back even further and looks more at the underlying source of math and gives it a great fictional twist. Definitely worth checking out. And if you’re in airplane’s a lot then worth checking out in audio…
krypted October 8th, 2008
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