• Wiley Portable Genius Book Review

    You that when, your one Macs. You unlike Macs, somebody the Macs.

    That is the first word of each chapter in this book I am about to review. For some people that will be enough to judge this book on. For everyone else, take a seat, put your iPhone into airplane mode (if you don't know how to do that, then don't bother reading this review, buy the freakin' book already - you need it) and read on to see if these books are worth your hard earned pesos.

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    Wiley, a well respected book publisher lowered themselves to my level and took the risk to send me copies of their latest publication series, titled PORTABLE GENIUS. I assume this is a reference to the fact that Apple stores have GENIUSES and that books are PORTABLE, hence, PORTABLE GENIUS. Quite intelligent there Wiley. There's currently nine books in the series: Aperture 2, MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Final Cut pro, Macs, iMac, Mac OS X Leopard and iPhone 3G. Why each laptop needs it's own book is beyond me, but Wiley aren't dummies. They'll fly off shelves I'm sure of it. I was given the books about Macs and iPhone 3G. I did not ask for these, they were given to me. They assumed these were appropriate titles for me or the readership of MacTalk. Again, Wiley are very observant as I thought them to be quite appropriate for MacTalk too.

    I will be honest and say I did not read these books cover to cover. For starters, I already know everything there is to know about Macs and iPhones. Reading these books would be like Bill Gates reading a book on how to make money. Futile. He is already rich. I did flick through it, just to see what Wiley and the authors McFederies & Pabian are telling people about the iPhone and the Mac. From what I did gleam off my brief reading, I can safely say they are A+ books.

    Both titles and indeed, the whole series, are in full colour, with many screenshots to explain processes, pictures and diagrams. Chapters are set out as questions so you know exactly what you are getting. The content is useful. If you're the type of person who either has no clue at all what this eye-phone does or their MAC is foreign to them, then you will be enamoured with these titles. If you're the person who knows the basics and wants a bit more, you'll get good value from them. If you're an old hand at this technology stuff, there probably isn't a lot in these books that you'd give a crap about. Christmas is approaching, so buy it as a gift for that newb who keeps bothering you with their stupid questions.

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    Some stats:

    • 345 pages (Macs Portable Genius), 267 (iPhone 3G Portable Genius)

    • Paperback, nice feel to the paper.

    • ISBN: 978-0-470-42348-6 (iPhone) | 978-0-470-29052-1 (Macs)

    • They were written for Karen and Gypsy. Lucky ducks. A whole two books dedicated to them.

    • Width: 160mm, Height: 230mm, Thickness: 20mm (iPhone Portable Genius is the same, but only 15mm in thickness)

    • Available wherever good books are sold. Or the Wiley website.

    • $28 Canadian dollars, $25 United States dollars or 3,295 Australian cents.

    • If you are a book retailer or librarian, place these book in the Computers / Hardware / Macintosh / Peripherals area.


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    A chapter in the Macs book. Nice.

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    Random page in book. It was the middle as it stayed open properly. Time Machine is cool yes.

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    THE GENIUS IS IN. AND YOU WILL LISTEN.

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    Wiley knows hot babes sell books. Smart move.

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    These people are far too good looking to know anything about computers.

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    Hey, your spines are showing.




    I MUST GO NOW I HAVE PEOPLE YELLING AT ME AS I TYPE THIS.

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