Hey, you got Mac in my PC network!-- YAU PC
by Alan Zisman (c)
published in Vancouver Computes,
I'm interested in networking a Mac into my PC
Mac in question is a Performa 6400.
Two ways to network Macs + PCs:
-- to include a PC into a Mac-centric network (i.e.
the commercial MacLan product works well... it installs itself on the
PC, adding AppleTalk protocols. (www.miramarsys.com)
-- to include a Mac into a PC-centric network, a good
product is the
oddly-named Dave, from Thursby Software (www.thursby.com). There?s a
version on their website.
It installs onto your Mac, and works with TCP/IP. With
and running, your Mac can see your shared PC drives and printers,
files, etc. You can store Mac files on your PC's zip drive, for
and print using a postscript printer connected to the PC.
Equally, the PC can see the Mac's drives and files, via network
The problem doing this on the Mac (as opposed to the
PC) is that if
you're also using TCP/IP to access the Internet, you need to have
TCP/IP settings... and unlike the PC, you can only use one at a time,
need to re-start the Mac to switch.
The way around that is to keep the modem connected to
the PC, and use
proxy server software (like WinGate) on that machine-- then (after
Netscape or IE on the Mac to connect via the proxy server (a simple
setting), opening the browser on the Mac causes the PC's Dial Up
to connect to the Internet. Pretty neat!
Michael Monasteri wondered:
I?m setting up a home office with 3-5 computers. I
have a network
interface card for each computer and a hub. I haven?t decided on the
connection yet ( which do you suggest). But I?d like to know once I set
up the network do I have to assign any kind of IP address to each
I was planning on using: Netbeui, Client for
and file and print sharing. Do I also have to use TCP/IP?
1) If you have a hub, you're typically using 10baseT
is probably a better choice then coax cabling, since if you have
with one cable it won?t take down the rest of the network, and it?s
likely to get accidentally unplugged.
2) No, use of TCP/IP is a choice... using it allows
you to use a proxy
server to share a single Internet connection across your network
software such as Wingate or WebEtc required).
Otherwise, Netbeui works fine, with no addressing
required. It?s simpler
to set up than TCP/IP. all you need is to properly identify each
with a unique machine name, and as members of the same workgroup.
Johnny Bowen queried:
Is there any Win9x software out there that will let
in authentic Spanish with accent marks, tildes, etc?
Most Windows fonts include accented characters
(etc)... accessing them
is not particularly intuitive... it takes knowing a code number, and
down the ALT key while pressing the code number on the numeric keypad.
Windows includes an accessory: Character Map
(Charmap.exe), which shows
all the characters in a font, and shows the keycodes used to get them.
(Or it can be used to copy individual characters to the clipboard-- but
it's faster to use the keycodes). Charmap is not installed in a default
installation, but can be added using Control Panel/Add-Remove
When you find the characters you want to use, copy
their codes onto
a PostIt Note (tm) and stick it onto the corner of your monitor. Low
Alternatively, install a second keyboard setup, using
there are several Spanish options. This gives you a little keyboard
in the toolbar. When using one of the International options, pressing a
key combination gives you accented characters-- i.e. a then ' for an
a. If you mostly type in English but want to add accented characters,
find an International English keyboard setup that?s a nice
you mostly type in Spanish, you may prefer to choose one of the