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Chapter 17. Mobile Computing

Mac OS X is easily the most well-connected operating system available today, due to its out-of-the-box support for today’s most popular networking protocols. Networking enables you to store data in central locations that all users can access and share, and to work on files that are located anywhere—not just at the site where your computer is physically located. Thanks to networking, I can work on files in Japan almost as easily as I can work on files that are stored on my OS X system’s local disk. Networking is the next best thing to being there.

Like it or not, today’s world is mobile. Laptops are everywhere—many businesses give their employees laptops rather than desktop computers so that people can access their data regardless of where they’re working from. In combination with wireless networking, using a laptop for work or pleasure is liberating. Combined with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), it’s getting easier to be connected to your data no matter where you are.


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