It's something of a running meme that most technically inclined people wait for John Siracusa to turn out a few tens of thousands of words for a review of a new release of Mac OS, before investing in it. If John likes it, he says so; if he doesn't, unlike the millions of other "unbiased reviewers", John simply says so. I cannot even begin to express how deeply in his debt I am for his over-a-decade-long series to help me decide whether to spend $129 (or $29) on the latest and great OS. This review is more of the same excellent writing, insightful commentary and brilliant wit that John has shown in his million+ words on Mac OS X - and if you didn't know earlier whether you wanted to buy it ... well you know now.
But something HORRIBLE happened to Ars Technica a few years ago: they were bought, and not by a company that "got the internet", but by that bastion of early 20th century pulp they continue to pump out: Conde Nast Publications. Articles which were a page long got stretched out over three or more pages; John Siracusa's normally 5-7 page reviews became 30+ pages - all to drive a few additional ad hits. So many people came to read John's reviews - still the gold standard of actually unbiased reporting on Mac OS - though, they decided to monetize it by creating this Kindle ebook. But naturally, Conde Nast, still stuck in 1911, rushed it, so this book features:
-At least four different fonts that all sort of look alike but aren't.
-Six font sizes for no reason at all with no consistency at all.
-A fraction of the pictures that the review on Ars includes
-No attempt to edit the content so that when John writes "see the icon on the right", there is no icon on the right or elsewhere.
-No table of contents.
-An introduction to Conde Nast halfway through the text.
-An introduction to John randomly placed in the text.
-An assumption you can figure out how the tables and columns should look like if you see them unlined everywhere.
I will be asking for a refund - the VERY first refund I've ever asked for on a Kindle book. Learn from my mistake and read the review on Ars, with Adblock on, of course.