Just because you can see through the hood of an iMac doesn't mean you know how the darned thing works. If you're curious about what really happens inside your Mac when you pull down a menu or run a QuickTime movie or send a file to a PostScript printer, How the Mac Works is for you.
As befits a Mac book, How the Mac Works is intensely visual -- full of images, flowcharts, and just enough text to explain what's going on inside the hardware and inside the software (both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X). Want to know exactly what happens when you start your Mac? What all that virtual memory stuff is about? What really happens when you delete a file? How USB and FireWire work? How AirPort wireless networking works? You'll find it all here.
This isn't a troubleshooting guide, but it gives you a great sense of the landscape that'll be invaluable when you do need to troubleshoot. But troubleshooting aside, if you're one of the millions who spend more time with their Macs than with their families, isn't it about time you knew what made them tick? (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.