A MAC is not a Mac

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A MAC is not a Mac

Post by WrinkledApple » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:13 am

I've actually registered only to express my surprise that here, a networking focussed site, where I would have expected to see precise terminology, I saw MAC leap off the page at me, initially to my deep confusion.

Your see, children (I'm a 70 year old woman, I can say that :D), a Media Access Control address is the individual and 'personal' internet address of every and any single device that has the ambition of being connected to that internet. Every PC has an individual Media Access Control address, every ethernet hub has a Media Access Control address, and so on.

Lets be more specific, and call a Media Access Control address a ‘MAC’ address, it’s accepted abbreviation.

You can see that all the rabid Windows fanatics of the world are secretly using MAC's !!! <grin>

Can you believe it -- even Macintosh computers (Macs) have MACs?

So please, board administrators et al, please change all entries referring to Apples's Macintosh line of PCs from MAC to Mac, so the discussions may take on a rational nature.

Now I’m off to find what I don’t know about NAT Servers, with your help.


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Re: A MAC is not a Mac

Post by Xavierdemon » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:20 pm

A Media Access Control address would pretty much always be referred to a 'MAC address' and thus there isn't really any confusion to be had. I appreciate your advanced years may have been a contributing factor to your confusion as well as the belief that you may refer to us as children, without actually even knowing any us. So listen Grandma, we don't teach you how to suck eggs, so don't try and teach us about Mac's/MAC addresses ;) lol.

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Re: A MAC is not a Mac

Post by Twonky_Rick » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:43 am

I've requested that this change be made.

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