Monday, June 5, 2006 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Need that Modem

Contra Scot Hacker, I was reminded today that I do need a modem. My Verizon DSL connection died. After calling their support line and waiting while the friendly automated voice explained that I’d get a quicker answer from their Web site, I was told that they weren’t aware of any problems in my area and that I should call back later. My new iMac doesn’t have an internal modem, and I didn’t buy the USB one because I thought (incorrectly, it turns out) that my AirPort Extreme base station had one. Fortunately, my PowerBook does have a modem, and after a few clicks in System Preferences it was sharing its connection with the LAN. I used to think that IPNetRouter was pretty cool, but OS X’s built-in Internet sharing is just impossibly easy to use.

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