Take Control of
Upgrading to Tiger 1.0.1
By Joe Kissell
eBook in PDF format, 90 pages, downloadable
May 12, 2005, US $5 (Free Excerpt)
- What the Book is About
- Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger
had specific explanations concerning general precautions and the choices available
when performing an operating system upgrade to Tiger (OS X 10.4).
To make a thorough review I performed an upgrade (from OS X 10.1.5 to 10.4.2) and
used the book as my detailed instruction manual. There was significant information
presented in the TidBITS eBook that was not even mentioned in the supplied Tiger
instructions (90 pages versus 3).
This eBook covered a variety of preliminary precautions: hardware compatibility,
removal of start-up items; back-up of data; subsequent software updates; ensuring
your current user settings and those for your peripherals are not erased; checking
your hard disk for the necessary free-space and error removal. The book then delineated
the tasks of performing the operating system upgrade, including three separate methods,
with pros and cons for each method. The Tiger installer is, of course, automatic,
but the upgrade fails to explain, or even obviously display the choices that are
available to you. Without the eBook at my side, I would not have been aware of my
choices. The eBook was excellent and, I felt, very thorough. Being a newbie for system
upgrades and following through the eBook as an instruction manual likely prevented
me from making numerous errors during installation.
- Target Audience
- This eBook was written at a level
that would be understandable to a novice like me and yet, I believe, offers significant
information to those who may be experienced with upgrading their operating systems.
- What I Got Out of the Book
- Number one: Using the eBook as
a guide, I achieved a proper Tiger installation and all of my software worked when
I was finished.
Number two: I received a greater knowledge of the back-up, and the operating system
Thankfully, I didn't gain any experience with an undesired installation method, lost
data, failed software, or loss of communication with my peripherals. Having made
the eBook's recommended preliminary efforts, the upgrade was smooth, understandable,
and successful on the first attempt.
- I considered the discussion of
the three upgrade methods and their effects upon your system extremely valuable.
The eBook likely kept me from creating a clobbered up system or losing access to
a bunch of my data.
- Mac Guild Grade
- B+ (Great)
- Final Words
- Even at 90 pages, it was a quick
read, presented in a way that is readily understandable at many reader levels. Kissell
(the author) communicates at a level that I generally understand. I found it to be
very thorough and a valuable resource as I upgraded my operating system.
I only encountered a couple of differences in how the installer presented the process
and how the eBook described it. The book gave me enough confidence to make the correct
choices and to continue on with the installation rather than stop or panic.