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I am really impressed, ive been wanting an old mac as a pet project for a while as i had a colour classic at art college back in 1993 so took the plunge and brought an ae/30 off ebay only this week, delivered friday, it has a pds network card not that ive managed to do anything with it yet, especially as i hadnt concidered that the system 7.1 hfs format wasn't compatible with my mac mini (with usb floppy drive) so ive not managed to get any software on to it including the network card driver so i can tell this project is going to take some time and research so im evenmore impressed that you got a 512 setup as a server ;)

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There are two books (out of print by now) which answers the questions about providing Web/Internet Service through the Mac OS.


PISM - Providing Internet Services via the Mac OS by Carl Steadman, Jason Snell.

Amazon has it used but I do not know of the CD is with it: http://www.amazon.com/Providing-Internet-Services-Via-Mac/dp/0201489988


Webmaster Macintosh: How to Build Your Own World-Wide Server. Without Really Trying. By Bob Levitus, Jeff Evans.

Amazon has it used but I do not know of the CD is with it: http://www.amazon.com/Webmaster-Macintosh-Architecture-Interfacing-Techniques/dp/B000OH7VCE


Both books are supposed to have a CD of Web Services software from Email to WEB and everything in between for both System 6 and System 7. A minimal machine would be a Mac Plus, though with a tight System 6 you could get it to work on a Mac 512Ke on a floppy drive.


Not knocking what those did here. I think it's great. But there is a a lot to do and figure out and these two books explain everything! They are from around 1995, when the Internet was small.... I remember those days!

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I just read about this:




I have a few older Macs in house. It would be fun to run server software on one of them... 


Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I ran a dial up BBS on the Fido network.  After the WWW was invented, many of us left the dial up fido world and built web servers.  My first server ran on FreeBSD.  After that it was linux (no GUI interface), then I moved to Red Hat.  After that, I found that just about every time I did a security update I would break something.  I even lost a girlfriend over it.  I was running majordomo to give some folks free users groups.  I came home one night to find my server down.  I wanted to fix it because I had so many people out of service.  But my girlfriend at the time thought I needed to spend the evening with her....  Anyway, I have forgotten what little I knew about linux. 


I have about 90Mbps up and about the same down.  I have the Mac I am going to use connected via ethernet. It is a Color Classic II and I might update it with a 575 logic board.


I just down loaded MacHTTP 2.6  I am doing a fresh install of 7.6.1 on a partition of the hard drive (SCSI2CF) in my Color Classic II.  After that is installed and updated, I will try to install MacHTTP 2.6 and see how far I get.


A few questions......


Do I need a static IP address to do this?  I thought I read someplace that a work around was available for dynamic addressing - I think this was in the windows world... 


Do I need to buy a domain name?  I think I still own one - I have had it for maybe 6/8 years now... But the name I own is not at all related to my 68K Mac hobby.....


Any tips appreciated.  I do not know what I am doing so I am just jumping in feet first...




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