Context-aware computing for Mac OS X

runs on Mac
screenshot of MarcoPolo

If you've ever been a kid on a hot summer day in a swimming pool, or if you're a historian specializing in the Venetian Republic, then you're familiar with Marco Polo. In the kids' game, it's all a matter of figuring out where you are based on who's around you and what they're up to. You ping them by shouting out "Marco", and they respond with "Polo". Even though your eyes are closed, based on what you hear, you can then figure out what's going on around you.

MarcoPolo is a free application for your Mac that lets you figure out where you are, but without getting all that pesky water in your ears. It looks at a bunch of context clues—IP address, attached Firewire and USB devices, visible wireless networks, etc.—to figure out where your portable Mac is at any given moment. Once your machine knows where it it, it can automatically configure your system so that it makes sense in that context: change the default printer, tweak firewall rules, mount network shares, and more.

MarcoPolo is a free Mac application. It runs under OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later.

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