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Chapter 17. Mobile Computing > Communicating with Other Computers

Communicating with Other Computers

One of the themes in this book has been the well-connected nature of Mac OS X. All iBooks and PowerBooks contain both built-in modems and Ethernet connections, which make it easy to connect to other computer systems and networks. The OS X Finder provides built-in support for today’s most popular networking protocols, making it easy to connect to AFP fileservers, SMB shared directories, NFS fileservers, and WebDAV filesystems, and transfer files by dragging and dropping.

Once, communicating with the mother ship while you were on the road involved dialing in to your company’s computer systems using a terminal emulator on your Mac, then using some built-in serial file transfer protocol, such as Kermit, Xmodem, Ymodem, or Zmodem, to transfer files. Today, networks are everywhere, and even serial communication by modem is done using PPP. You can put your laptop on your local network or establish a PPP connection to your ISP, company, or university and have instant connectivity.


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