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5.5. Transfers by iDisk

If your Windows PC isn't in the same building as the Mac, connecting the two using an Ethernet or a wireless network may not be a practical proposition. But even if you can't connect them into a network, you can still connect them via the network: the Internet.

It turns out that, for $100 per year, Apple will be happy to admit you to a club it calls .Mac ("dot-mac"). It offers a number of handy Internet features that tie in nicely to Mac OS X (Figure 5-6). For example, you can turn a group of your digital pictures in Apple's free iPhoto program into a full-blown Web page, posted online for all the world to see, with only two mouse clicks. You also get an email account (yourname@mac.com) that you can access either from the .Mac Web site anywhere in the world, or using a standard email program. And you get a backup program that automatically backs up designated files and folders onto a safe, Internet-based hard drive that will still be there even if your office goes up in flames.


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