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My computer did something very mac-like today


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I have this old powermac G4, with no airport card. I don't have a network cable long enough to reach my router. So, what I did is I just used a shorter network cable to connect the mac to my pc with wi-fi. I always thought this required a special "crossover-cable". However, to my surprise, here I am, connected to the internet on my powermac. Is this some sort of mac feature, or am I misled as to the purpose of a crossover-cable?
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Newer network cards can use both types of cable I believe.
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Newer network cards can use both types of cable I believe.
Older ones, too.
By connecting the Mac to PC with a cross-over cable, the Mac latched on to the Internet Connect Sharing feature of the PC. That feature has been around since at least Windows 98. Although how this happened automatically, I do not know. Normally, ICS is not enabled by default.

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Older ones, too.
By connecting the Mac to PC with a cross-over cable,
I don't think he used a cross-over cable, that's what makes it really weird

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So, what I did is I just used a shorter network cable to connect the mac to my pc with wi-fi. I always thought this required a special "crossover-cable".
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No, I did NOT use a cross-over cable, which is what made me curious.
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I don't think he used a cross-over cable, that's what makes it really weird
Good point. Yep, that's weird alright.

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Good point. Yep, that's weird alright.
I like my word: "mac-like"
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