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Chapter 14. Putting Yourself on the Web > Using a .Mac iDisk and HomePage to Cr...

Using a .Mac iDisk and HomePage to Create and Serve Your Web Pages

Apple's .Mac is a suite of services you can access. These services include the following:

  • Email— Using .Mac provides you with an email account you can use to send and receive email. Your .Mac email address ends in @mac.com, so using it is a good way to identify yourself as a Mac user. Using the Webmail service, you can also access your .Mac email account from a Web browser.

    → To learn how to configure the Mail application to use your .Mac email account, seeConfiguring Email Accounts,” p. 349.

  • iCards— These are electronic greeting cards you can send to others via email. There are numerous card combinations you can send—these are great for the artistically challenged because you can create a customized greeting card by selecting from the available images and styles.

  • Software— The .Mac service enables you to download and use software for free, such as Apple's Backup, Virex Anti-virus, and games. You can also access a lot of other software, such as demos, updates, and more.

  • Online resources— You can store your Address Book and bookmarks online so you can access them from anywhere you can access the Web. You can share your iCal calendar online as well.

  • Online chat— Take advantage of iChat AV to chat online via text, audio, and video.

  • iDisk— The iDisk is a virtual disk space you can use to store files. A number of folders exist on an iDisk by default. For example, you can place items in your Public folder, and any Mac users who know your .Mac member name can access the files in that folder (which is an excellent way to share files with other Mac users around the world). And, you can create a Web site to share the files in your Public folder with anyone. You also store the data that forms your .Mac Web page on your iDisk. Under Mac OS X version 10.3, you can configure your Mac to create a local copy of your iDisk and keep it automatically synchronized with the online version.

  • HomePage— The HomePage service enables you to create and serve a Web site.



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