Help with software, new to MAC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cfrass66, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. cfrass66 macrumors newbie

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    hey everyone. well just got my first mac (21.5 iMAC) and so far i'm lovin it.

    i'm a telecom engineer and need some basic software for this home machine in case my work laptop runs out of battery, or has another faulty HD (had 2 so far, yeah HP).

    - so what is the mac equivalent of "remote desktop"
    - what is used to establish VPN's?
    - terminal emulator ? telnet, ssh ... i used SecureCRT for windows.
    - visio equivalent for mac?
    - SIP softphones mac?
    - wireshark / ethereal for mac?

    thanks in advance,

    brian
     
  2. mbestel macrumors member

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    Brian,

    - so what is the mac equivalent of "remote desktop"

    The equivalent is Remote desktop for Mac:
    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/remote-desktop/default.mspx

    - what is used to establish VPN's?

    The Mac OS has an in-built VPN client that can initiate L2TP or PPTP connections. It is accessible through the Network preference pane in System Preferences. Alternately, there is a CISCO client and another package called "VPN Tracker" available.

    - terminal emulator ? telnet, ssh ... i used SecureCRT for windows.

    Terminal. It is built-in and you can find it in /Applications/Utilities.

    - visio equivalent for mac?

    Probably Omni Graffle.

    - SIP softphones mac?

    The only one that I have seen is XLite for Mac. I'm sure there are others.

    - wireshark / ethereal for mac?

    Wireshark is available for Mac, as is Ethereal (I think). There is another called PacketPeeper that I have used, but can't remember much about it.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  3. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    And for future reference - the product is called “Mac” not MAC. MAC is shorthand for Media Access Control and has little to do with Apple branded Computers.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Search here or search
    Macupdate.com or versiontracker.com
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    And for people in the mid-atlantic area (perhaps more), MAC stands for Money Access Center. If you're ever in NJ or PA, and someone says they need to "tap MAC", that means they need to go to the ATM.

    I remember getting stares in Virginia when I asked someone where the closest MAC was.
     
  6. cfrass66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you for clearing that up. i can now go about my day.
     
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    It doesn't end there either: http://www.abbreviations.com/MAC

    P.S. My hometown is a college town. The school is a member of the Midwest Athletic Conference.

    P.P.S. When I need to go to an ATM, I have to find the nearest TYME machine.
     
  8. Splum macrumors newbie

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  9. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Or Makeup Artists Costmetics :p That's what I always think of! http://www.maccosmetics.com/
     

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