Anarchie Updated, Renamed to Interarchy 3.8 -- Stairways Software today released a significant update to their popular shareware FTP client Anarchie. In the process, Stairways decided to rename Anarchie to Interarchy and to use Interarchy as the company's new identity after failing to recover the anarchie.com domain from a cybersquatter. Interarchy 3.8 supports FTP listing, upload, download, and mirroring; HTTP listing, download, and mirroring; Whois, Finger, and DNS lookups; traceroutes; and TCP, ICMP, and UDP tests. Interarchy can also show the status of your network, watch all network traffic on your Mac, and display a list of all current connections. Finally, Interarchy now offers daemons (tiny servers) for Finger, Whois, TCP echo, UDP echo, Ident, Daytime, Time, and NTP (all turned on with the Safe Daemons menu item), along with a Telnet daemon that accepts and executes AppleScript scripts. They're all off by default. Most interesting, however, are Interarchy's skin-like "wands," which are totally customizable graphical interfaces to Interarchy's functionality. To give you an idea how a wand could be useful, I'm planning to make one that helps me troubleshoot Internet connectivity problems with buttons for ping and traceroute tests to my various servers. Overall, Interarchy 3.8 is a powerful and flexible collection of Internet tools that feels haphazard initially; it remains to be seen if Interarchy's wands will succeed at establishing order. Interarchy 3.8 is a 3.9 MB download and costs $50 shareware, but it's free to users of Anarchie 3.x (it picks up your existing serial number) and to registered users of the Stairways shareware programs Interarchy supersedes. [ACE]
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
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