Dvorak on Apple’s Rendezvous: ‘Windows world has nothing like this’

“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.


  1. Yet another sign of the arrival of the Cyber Apocalypse… John Dvorak has said something favorable about a mac. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. This is fearful, because Dvorak is almost always wrong. Over the years, he’s pissed on many Macs (and on the Mac OS), and was utterly proven wrong each time.
    But now he’s saying something good about Macs… Expect the worst.

  3. Hmmm. Well this is not entirely true. I’m a huge Apple fan but accurate information is more important than a silly “who’s OS is better” battle:

    The only difference really is that more CE (consumer electronics) manufacturers are adopting UPnP than rendevous.

  4. UPnP is one of many available “open networking” initiatives. What Dvorak is talking about is current, native, zero-configuration networking in an OS. That’s all. Based on that, he is absolutely correct.

    Also, there is no pissing match going on here. MDN is simply reporting on a column posted in PC Magazine that references Mac. That is the purpose of MDN, isn’t it?

  5. 802.11b and 802.11g operate in the 2.4 GHz spectrum and would not interfere with any communications equipment (or other electronics) in commercial aircraft.

    Cellphone use is another story, though many airlines are now talking about allowing cellphone use in-flight. Here is an overview of potential problems with cellphone use on a commercial aircraft:

    This link talks about the possibility that on-board cellphone use may be approved by 2006:

  6. He still has to get a shot off by implying that Mac users “mainly” use it to illegally swap music. I use Rendevous to exchange all kinds of files on my home LAN. Transmit uses it, and when I run it, it automatically finds all the other machines, and I can log on…zero effort. It rocks!

  7. Amazing how he can deliver a compliment and an insult at the same. Rendezvous is essential for our networks. It has taken streamlined connectivity and opened up communication throughout all our departments. Well, except one and we all know why that is. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  8. On 8/3/03 there is a comment about upnp vs. rendevous…must be apc guy …look carefully on the upnp site …looks like a gal in Oregon is in charge of membership…but questions about the legal contract are referred to Microsoft (bottom of page)… I don’t believe this person…not fully disclosing his/her obvious bias…

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