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I was just wondering what I need if I want other people to be able to download files, play muds and look at html-pages on my hard disk while I am connected to my server. I've tried to connect to my own computer with telnet and ftp apps, but they say that 'the server didn't answer'. Do I need any special software? (I can't run Open Transport, if that makes any difference).
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If you want to have your Mac act as a server on the Internet, you need to run server applications (or daemons).  These daemons will run in the background on yout Mac, waiting for requests from the net.  When they get requests, they will respond to them.

One thing to think about is that if you are connecting to an ISP via a modem, your address probably changes every time you log on.  And when you aren't logged on, your servers can not be reached.

Here are some examples of server apps.

Microsoft includes a personal web server with Microsoft Internet Explorer.  This lets you serve http on your Mac.  More info at <http://www.microsoft.com/ie/mac/features/pws.htm>.

There are a number of MUD servers compiled for the Mac at <http://www.valkyrie.com/~chrisj/>.

TUCOWS <http://www.tucows.com/> lists a number of Mac Daemons on its Mac Server Daemons page <http://tucows.pdnt.com/mac/serverd.html>.

There isn't really a "telnet" daemon that you can run on your Mac since the Mac OS doesn't have a command line.  However, I have heard of one that lets you run AppleScripts on the Mac through Telnet.  Don't have an address for it off the top of my head.

Andy
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