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17. Wired Networking with Mac OS X

Networking and Mac OS X

If you have just a single Mac in your home or small office, and if you’re the only person who uses that computer, your setup is inherently efficient. You can use the Mac whenever you like, and all the things you need—your applications, your printer, your CD/DVD drive, your Internet connection, and so on—are readily available.

Things become noticeably less efficient if you have to share the Mac with other people. For instance, you might have to wait for someone else to finish a task before you can get your own work done; you might need to have separate applications for each person’s requirements; and you might need to set up separate folders to hold each person’s data. User accounts ...

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