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Chapter 21. The Internet > Getting Connected (TM)

Getting Connected (TM)

As recently as 1996, getting connected to the Internet was a difficult proposition. Mac users were forced to seek out, install, and configure their own networking software, since most of it didn't come with the operating system. Setting up modems often meant editing raw scripts, a task not for the faint of heart. Finally, wrestling with the proprietary settings of different vendors' equipment and the often Mac-hostile support departments of ISPs caused endless headaches.

Connecting a Mac to the Internet is much easier today. The system software now includes everything necessary for networking, and Apple has simplified its configuration with the Internet Setup Assistant. The company also includes third-party Internet applications, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, on the hard drives of new computers. In addition, the Mac's hardware is more Net-friendly than it used to be. For example, new machines are equipped with modems, and all include the hardware required to connect directly to a high-speed network.


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