PCs were grey, dull and frumpy, until Apple decided to do a complete makeover. In scenes reminiscent of an eagerly awaited fashion show, Apple unveiled its new sleek, fun-looking iMac to members of the computer world. Critics hailed the new cool-looking design as a breakthrough in the consumer PC market and declared that Apple was back and revitalised under the management of acting chief executive, Steven Jobs.
"The genius of Steve Jobs," say the authors of My iMac, "was getting people to take a second serious look at the Mac in iMac. And what they saw, they liked." This book is written by Apple enthusiasts (one of them, Andrew Gore, is editor-in-chief of Macworld magazine), but to its credit My iMacdoes not skirt over the limitations of this new eye-catching computer.
Unlike the Macs of old, the iMac lacks the SCSI and serial ports and the floppy drive. This presents difficulties when you want to move files from your old Mac to your iMac, but the authors quickly explain how to transfer data from one model to another.
My iMacis broken down into humorous, easy-to-read sections covering all aspects of the PC from hardware to software troubleshooting. At the start of each chapter there is a sidebar running along the bottom of the pages, titled terms and misdemeanors, which offers handy jargon-busting definitions of any technical terms.
The majority of iMac users bought their shiny new computer to get onto the Internet. And the book's long chapter about the Web is excellent on everything from overcoming Internet paranoia to building your own Web site.
My iMacpays tribute to a nineties PC which has become a fashion icon. Like the computer it describes, this is a stylish and entertaining book which makes using and reading about Macs fun again. --Justin Hunt