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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Please, keep it up!

And remember, if you have a question about anything Mac, Mac-related, or even something about other technology like TiVo, cell phones, Blackberry or even Windows, send it to me, The MACist, at: themacist at gmail dot com. Ok, let's get to it.

Today we are going to mix things up a bit here and answer a non-Mac question. I know, hold onto your hats (if you have hats) and prepare for something for our Windows-loving friends out there. Our question this week comes from Youngmi in Burbank. She asks: "My roommates all have Macs and an Apple wireless network. I have a PC laptop with Windows XP from work. How do I get my PC on the Apple wireless network at home so I can check email, browse the Internet, etc.?"

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That's a good question and one that comes up quite a bit in mixed environments where Mac users and PC users have to share the wireless airwaves. On a Mac, its relatively easy to locate and connect to available wireless networks -- especially if they originate from an Airport Base Station. You simply navigate up to the Airport signal strength indicator in the top right of your screen, pull down the menu there and select a network you wish to join.