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Chapter 15. The Personal Web Server > Using iDisk to Share Files and Web Pages

Using iDisk to Share Files and Web Pages

Apple’s iMac and iBook computer systems have paved the way for an avalanche of related iSoftware, including iMovie 2 and iTunes, both of which were discussed earlier in this book. iDisk, yet another freebie from Apple, consists of 20MB of free disk storage on a Web server at Apple that you can access from a Mac Os X systems anywhere on the Web. You also can mount iDisk on your Mac OS X desktop using the WebDAV support built into Mac OS X. In addition to your iDisk, you can use Apple’s iTools page (http://itools.mac.com) to send iCard electronic greeting cards and create a home page that is stored in your iDisk.

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If you attempt to log into iTools or mount your iDisk from a system other than a Mac OS X system, you’ll receive a message saying that you can only access your iDisk from a Macintosh computer system. I guess that this helps differentiate Apple’s iDisk from all of the dot.bomb companies in the heyday of the Internet explosion that offered free storage on their servers in return for your looking at their ads—at least this way, Apple knows that you or someone that you know has purchased a Macintosh at some point.


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