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Telecommunications on Macintosh FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about telecommunication (and related issues) that are specific to the Macintosh.

This FAQ about telecommunication (and related issues) that are specific to the Macintosh was compiled and written by Bruce L Grubb BruceG6069@aol.com with numerous contributions by others.

-01 What kind of modem will work with my Macintosh?
Any *external* Hayes compatible modem will work with your Macintosh. ...
-02 What kind of cable do I need to use my external modem with my Macintosh?
There are currently two type of modems out there; the older ...
-03 What do V.32, V.42, bis, MNP, etc mean? (Modems and Cables - Macintosh)
Because these topics are universal telecommunications issues,...
-04 How can I disable call-waiting when using my modem? (Modems and Cables - Macintosh)
This varies depending on your local phone company, but often, if you ...
-05 What is a resource (or data) fork? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
The older Macintosh files have two parts: a data fork and a resource ...
-06 What is encoding? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
To understand 'encoding' as the term is normally used on the ...
-07 (a) What is BinHex? (b) What is uuencode? (c) What is Base64 ? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
These are all ASCII encoding (see [2.2]) formats....
-08 a) What are AppleSingle and AppleDouble? b) What is MacBinary? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
These are all Mac binary encoding (see [2.2]) formats....
-09 What do file suffixes like .hqx, .sit, .bin, etc ... mean and how can I convert such files back to normal Macintosh applications and documents? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
Most files available by FTP or posted to Usenet are modified twice ...
-10 I keep hearing about 'tarball' files what are they? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
The term tarball originally refered to a tar (Tape ARchiver) file. As ...
-11 What is file mapping and why is it important? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
File mapping is the method by which a file's application is ...
-12 After decoding and expanding a file I get an unknown document file. How do I open this file? (File Formats and Conversion - Macintosh)
The best thing to do is to try and see if there is any way to figure out ...
-13 What is the difference between a commmunication and an Internet connection? (Macintosh File-transfers)
A commmunication connection was the original way home ...
-14 What communication programs are available? (Macintosh File-transfers)
This is a short list of shareware/freeware and commercial ...
-15 What Internet programs are available? (Macintosh File-transfers)
The desire to get on the Internet has produced dozens of such programs ...
-16 What is Telnet, and what MacOS Telnet Programs are there? (Macintosh File-transfers)
Telnet is a high speed terminal connection protocol designed with TCP/IP ...
-17 What's the best compression program to use when uploading files to an archive? Are there any other guidelines I should follow? (Macintosh File-transfers)
Best Compression: (Revised 01/2001)...
-18 How can I transfer Macintosh files to/from my Macintosh and other non-Macintosh computers (eg: mainframes, UNIX boxes, PCs)? (Macintosh File-transfers)
Regardless of whether you are using a communications or ...
-19 Is there a newsgroup for mac binaries? (Macintosh File-transfers)
Yes there is; it is called comp.binaries.mac. But due to the ...
-20 What are AppleTalk, LocalTalk, Ethernet, EtherTalk, TCP/IP, etc? (Networking basicss - Macintosh)
When attempting to describe networking terms, a distinction should be ...
-21 What is Open Transport? (Networking basicss - Macintosh)
Basicly Open Transport is Apple's complete revision to the Macintosh'...
-22 How can I change the Chooser "user" and name of my Macintosh? Also: Why can I no longer change the name of my hard-disk? (Networking basicss - Macintosh)
To change the owner and name of your Macintosh under System 7, select ...
-23 What kind of hardware and software do I need to have a direct connection (ie use TCP/IP protocol) to the Internet? (Internet Networking - Macintosh)
Regardless of whether you using Classic or Open Transport networking ...
-24 What are SLIP, CSLIP and PPP? (Internet Networking - Macintosh)
SLIP stands for Serial Line Internet Protocol. SLIP was a non-standard ...
-25 FreePPP and OT/PPP (Remote Access) Frequently Asked Questions (Internet Networking - Macintosh)
As stated in the FreePPP ...
-26 Do I have to know anything about Unix to use the Internet? (Internet Networking - Macintosh)
For the most part the answer to this question is no though there ...
-27 Is there a UNIX program that will convert between BinHex and MacBinary? (Internet Networking - Macintosh)
Yes, there are at least two that will handle BinHex 4.0, MacBinary II,...
-28 I just downloaded an .AVI file but Quicktime will not play it correctly. Am I missing something? (Miscellaneous - Macintosh)
Quite possibly as there have been serveral codecs for AVIs over ...
-29 List of Common Abbreviations (Appendix - comp.sys.mac.comm FAQ)
-30 Mac program archive list link and Vendor Information (Appendix - comp.sys.mac.comm FAQ)
Nearly all shareware or freeware programs described in this FAQ are ...
-31 Contributors (Appendix - comp.sys.mac.comm FAQ)
The editor of this FAQ would like to graciously thank all of ...









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