The new kid on the block

Content by John Summerfield, © 1997 (original archived HERE).

Came the day my eldest daughter, a Uni student in Melbourne, wanted a computer. I bought a new system unit, borrowed screen & keyboard & pinched a hard disk from P100.

Maximus is all dressed up in a tower and sports 32 Mb RAM, two HDDs totalling 3 Gb and a cheap NE2000 clone that came sans software. A quick check with my search engine found three packages on IBM sites so I grabbed the three and made my choice, one assembled by Timothy Sipples, a well-known IBMer.

There's not a lot to say except that the machine slotted into the LAN quite happily with the IP address and has taken over internetting duties. The extra 16 Mb RAM makes an enormous difference.

I've not yet installed Peer on it so sharing information over the LAN requires ftp and maybe telnet (or a walk round the room) to move things into place.

I've set up printing as described for P100 using TCP/IP: although P100 has TCP/IP printing configured, it actually uses Peer and a network printer. When I manage to install Smartsuite on Maximus, the P100 is going to retire to the Linux world ready for my daughter to take back to Uni in July..

Getting the LAN on the Internet

IBM has made its Internet Connection Server available to any who wish to download it. I'm running 4.1.3 and here are some of its highlights:

Feature Benefit
Cache Saves refetching reused pages & images. Unlike caching with the browser, the cache contents are shared with all users on the LAN and all copies of the browser.
Proxy All machines on the LAN can access the internet for WWW, ftp, gopher, WAIS.

Also means machines out there can't access machines on the LAN excepting the one with the PPP or SLIP connection and you may want that access.

CGI support Those wanting to create their own web pages and enhance them with CGI can use this web server to test them. Version 4.2 which I'm running on one machine directly supports Perl and allows me to have web pages identical to those hosted on my ISP's Linux systems

Of course, if you're permanently connected you can host the web pages and CGI on your own machine and server the world from your desktop.

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