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My Own Private Network
For the last few weeks I have been trying to find the "holy grail" for setting up a "local area network" so that my computers, old and new, could work together. I couldn't find the right formula so I went to Apple because I have a G3 and G4 that doesn't use duel Intel chip.
I knew there was a way to make this happen. I turned it over and over and my mind and I just could not figure it out.
I searched Apple's website, the Internet in general and failed to come up with the correct answer. So I did the next best thing: I went the Apple store and spoke with a salesperson. I gave him the specs of what I was working with and he gave me the outlines of what to do.
This still didn't work. So marched back down to Apple and asked the question again. This time the salesperson said he didn't know the answer to my question. I was frustrated but I appreciated his honesty. He told me that I should schedule an appointment at the Genius Bar. He leaned over to the working table, pulled up the appointment screen and told me that I was lucky to get an appointment within five minutes. I was prepared this time. I learned a little bit from first trip to the Apple store. Before this trip, I drew a diagram depicting all the players in my attempt to network game.
I sat there near the Genius Bar in great anticipation. Finally, five minutes had passed and they called my name. I took my diagram out my pocket and let the Genius Bar person see the players in my quest to set up a network. He was sort of taken aback because I still have and use a G4 with O/S 9. I told him of my plight. My G4 with O/S 9 lost the ability use a browser. It can't handle all the java script so the browsers on it are obsolete. So I can't upload files.
He left me alone at the counter. He said he was going to the back to do some research on the matter. He took about fifteen minutes before he returned. He came back with the answer.
He told me that I need to turn on the file sharing system in the system folder. I already knew this and all my computers are set up to talk across my local network. This is the part that I didn't know. He told me use the Command key and depress the letter K to open the prompt. In this window the computer will ask for an IP address. The IP addresses can be found in the first dialog box opened when turning on file sharing. Once I had the IP address, depressed Command+K and typed in the IP address, I finally saw the file I wanted to transfer from my ol' and reliable G4 to my newer computer. I was so thrilled to be able use some the software on my G4 on files that I use on my new computer.
I know this only to work on Mac.
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