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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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DealBITS Drawing: Dejal Simon

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One of the stresses associated with running your own Internet servers is, frankly, knowing if they're running. Most people host public servers elsewhere, to take advantage of the massive bandwidth, secure facilities, earthquake-proof racks, and tech support of companies like digital.forest. But remote hosting means you can't just look in on your server to see how it's doing, and that's where server monitoring software like Simon from Dejal Systems comes in. It can pretend to be a normal Web browser or email client or whatever, all for the purpose of connecting to your server on a regular basis and verifying not just that the machine is running, but that your server software is doing what it's supposed to do. I've been using Simon 2 for some time now to keep track of various Internet services on my Web Crossing server, and it's been quite helpful in alerting me to problems ranging from local connectivity outages to severe slowdowns related to some particularly annoying mail loops. I could have had Simon send me email, or play sounds, or various other alerts, but I opted for it bouncing its Dock icon, which is obvious while I'm at the machine and won't wake me up at night. Overall, I've appreciated not feeling as though I should be manually checking in on my Internet services all the time.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Simon Standard (which supports up to 20 tests), worth $59.95. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on all versions of Simon, so if you need to keep a closer eye on your servers, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize to reward you for spreading the word.

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