“There is nothing secret about ZeroConf (for Zero Configuration), an initiative begun in 1999. But few Windows users are aware that Apple has initiated its use, with a scheme called Rendezvous. This is essentially a self-discovery network that combines elements of a Bluetooth piconet and universal plug-and-play capability,” writes John Dvorak, noted “Mac-user-provocateur,” over at PC Magazine.
“With Rendezvous running on an 802.11b-enabled Mac laptop, you can enter an area and automatically discover other travelers also using the technology. Although Rendezvous was released in May 2002, Apple has not overpromoted the concept, since it appears to be used mostly as an ad hoc peer-to-peer system for trading music files,” Dvorak writes.
Dvorak writes, “A friend of mine who travels a lot says that most Mac users, when they get on an airplane, immediately boot their machines to see whether Rendezvous finds any other Macs on the plane. People can exchange files, chat, or whatever. The Windows world has nothing like this.”
Full article from July 29, “Best-Kept Secret Dept.” here.