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Computer as server/Mirra Personal Server

by WilliamKazak / September 30, 2005 4:19 AM PDT

Can I actually use my computer as a server?I want to share photos.The Windoze XP-OS seems to have a very complicated way of doing this that is not at all practical for my clients to share my various folders with.
On the other hand,Mirra Personal Server seems to be able to do the job,even without a static IP address.It seems that if you leave MPS on,the router knows where you are on the internet.I guess the "guests"log onto the Mirra site first in order to connect to the MPS.
It seems to me,however, that I don't need to buy Mirra to do this.My own computer should be able to share outside my home network.
Obtaining a static IP address is not possible for me on my DSL.Varoius companies like TZO offer a service that acts like a static IP.
Does anyone know if I can share outside the network on XP-OS?

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Frankly? No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 4:45 AM PDT

"Windoze" is common slang for "I don't like Windows." Owners of such usually try to find out how not to make things work. Sorry, just calling it the way I see it.

However XP Home and Pro does have some rudimentary filesharing features. It takes a little effort but can satisfy small workgroups.

Sharing the Mirra or XP's shares on the internet is frankly too dangerous. Look at the experts and you see them talk about VPNs and more. I have a share on the internet but it's via the OpenSSH server. It's not bulletproof but sidesteps all the script kiddies of the world.


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Sharing on the web
by WilliamKazak / October 2, 2005 1:44 AM PDT

Another way to share these pics is to use a photolab that offers its own re-order service and basically hosts it for the photographer.My lab is not setup to accept my PayPal account,however.The Paypal account is a free merchant account where the photog does not have to go to his own bank and pay $50 per month for a merchant account.That is why I would like to setup my own server.
My web host company allows me to add folders to my ftp site.I can give a customer a url to their own folder to view their pics.It is in a list form.If I added the html, it would pop open onto their browser.A benefit to me is that I maintain control of the presentation and I don't have to pay a commission to a photo lab who wants a % of the re-order.I thought Mirra was "safe".I contacted their tec dept but never got an email reply from the Mirra group.The telephone tec rep did not have enouugh knowledge to answer my questions.

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If you insist...
by Edward ODaniel / October 2, 2005 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Sharing on the web

go to this site and spend some time READING what is offered.

The Serv-U FTP server can be set up as a secure ftp or not-your option. It will also work with dynamic IP addressing and can be linked to a free DNS Server such as

The rest and final decision is in your hands.

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