Where do I get smart?
Those of you who seem to really know quite a bit of indepth, nuts-and-bolts inner workings of Macs, OS X, etc. (Brad, Eugene, amorph spring to mind immediately) are you a fan or owner of perhaps a particular book or author or series of books that maybe lay this type of stuff out for a non-techie guy such as myself?
"Hardcore, Wild Mac Shit for Dummies", I'm thinking? Something like that?
The more I read these forums, the more I learn (AND the more I find out how much I DON'T know).
If you could recommend a book or perhaps even a website that makes a lot of this stuff (behind the Aqua, so to speak) understandable and accessible, what would it be?
I don't need to be King X by any means, but I'd like to be able to know a bit more than I do about things. I see tons of books, but I don't want to drop $39.95 to find out the author knows as much as I do. Or, conversely, the author writes so high over my head that it's a lost cause from the get-go.
Realizing X is the future, I'd like to feel as though I understand it more and am not so afraid (or clueless) when I launch certain utilities or read about discussions here involving networking, underlying OS X coolness, acronyms/technical lingo, etc.