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Mac vs. PC - can't we all just get along?

Mac vs. PC - can't we all just get along?

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So I'm on the road with my boss . . . he brought his Mac . . . I brought my Vista x64 Dell.  They only offered wired internet so I decided to try out Vista's connection sharing stuff . . . I figured I would plug in the cable and share the connection out over wifi for the Macbook.  I plugged in the cable and after some fumbling around found the wizard to do this.  I initially tried setting up WPA-2 with a passphrase for my Mac using friend.  No dice - he couldn't associate, let alone enter the passphrase.  So I dropped back down to WEP with a 13 char password.  Same deal - can't associate.  So I dropped down to 'open' and he was finally able to associate - but not get an IP address.  At first he was blaming Vista . . . but then I had him fire up Wireshark on his end and it was pretty clear he wasn't sending any DHCP packtes. :)  So then he tried manually configuring the IP / default gateway / DNS Servers and he could ping me and he could ping the DG - but couldn't surf. :(  We were tired - didn't troubleshoot it much further.  The next night we decided to see how the Mac experience would be . . . sharing a connection on the Mac is MUCH easier than on Vista. :(  So he sets up his wifi AP SSID and enables WEP on it and I find it in Vista and double click on it to connect . . . but then I get an error almost immediately about the SSID not being available or something and I am not prompted to enter the password.  I mention this to my boss and he looks over at his Macbook only to find it dumping core and rebooting. :)  Vista pwns MacOS yet again. :)

To be fair - after the core dump and the reboot - he switched his SSID to open and I was then able to successfully connect up and surf the Internets via the MacOS connection sharing.  Something he wasn't able to do via my Vista connection sharing (although I still blame MacOS for that).

So what have we learned?

  1. MacOS has better connection sharing UI that is easier to setup and use than the Vista wizard (IMHO).
  2. The MacOS wifi drivers seem to be crappy . . . (inability to connect to my SSID when I'm using WEP, me bugchecking his box when HE uses WEP etc.).
  3. Vista was able to surf the Internets through the MacOS connection sharing (which was in bridge mode) and the MacOS wasn't able to even get an IP address from Vista's (for unknown reasons).

We are the same - yet we are divided.  Can't we all just get along?

Comments
  • I think you'd better pass this story to the interoperability team - they'll be glad. And to the UI group too =)

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