I really cannot remember since when this began to occur or what I did immediately before this occurred for the first time, but the terminal prompt now includes a little network card MAC address-like dash-separated alphanumeric string before my username:
In the photo it's the "b8-8d-12-0a-d8-96"
It doesn't change if I restart or do anything else. I got this Mac only two months ago and know very little about the environment. I don't remember seeing this string a couple of weeks ago. What is this string and can I hide it or get rid of it?
ADDED reply to user Ravachol's comment here:
echo $PS1 in the terminal yields:
hostname in the terminal yields:
I am actually currently traveling, using a little Windows 7 netbook with an app called Connectify to rebroadcast the WiFi signal. Connectify's strength lies in that it can use the SAME WiFi adapter to both receive a WiFi signal that's Internet-bound and turn itself into a router and rebroadcast that Internet-bound WiFi signal.
On the Connectify interface on Windows, I see that my iPod Touch is a client, labeled "Nik's iPod Touch", and "b8-8d-12-0a-d8-96" is also a client. "b8-8d-12-0a-d8-96" is the same as what precedes my username in the terminal, the core of this post. Hope this helps!