Well, it’s a big day for Mac fans, sci-fi fans, and authors.
Today (technically, this evening at 6 p.m. local time) marks the official world-wide availability of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, though some customers received their copies more than a week ago. This is a huge release with lots of amazing new features, about which you can read more on any of a thousand other Web sites.
Also at 6 p.m., my new ebook Take Control of Upgrading to Tiger goes on sale. If you’re a Mac user who’s planning to upgrade, that ebook will be the smartest $5 you can possibly spend. There’s also an excerpt from the ebook on the Macworld Web site. In addition to my new ebook, three other new Take Control ebooks will go on sale today: Take Control of Customizing Tiger by Matt Neuburg, Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger by Kirk McElhearn, and Take Control of Sharing Files in Tiger by Glenn Fleishman. These four ebooks will also appear in print Real Soon Now as Take Control of Tiger from Peachpit. (And yes, my ebooks on Apple Mail and Backups will be updated for Tiger in the near future too.)
Shortly after 6 p.m. my time, I will be about three blocks away from the nearest Apple Store in San Francisco, watching The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Morgen and some friends. I’m a huge fan of the late Douglas Adams—even met him once at a book signing. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for years, and I certainly hope it does the story justice.
Last but not least, today is my mom’s birthday!