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iPhone as server

iPhone as server
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Let a mailserver run under OS X on the iPhone and let e-mail be directly delivered, no ISP needed.

Only possible with keeping the spam using the address book as a white list.

Your homepage is also served from your iPhone and you can monitor visits to your homepage live. When there is a visitor on your website with an IP-adres that matches one from the header in an incoming e-mail, it is logged to the notes-field of that particular contact.

Besides being very practical (push e-mail!) it is also better for the environment (no mailserver sucking up energy in some datafarm) and you save yourself a contract with an ISP for hosting. You only need a domainname.

rrr, Jun 23 2008


       Even if you host your own e-mail server, you still need someone to send IP (Internet Protocol) packets to you. That entity is your ISP.   

       Generally, doing things centrally with big things that do many at once is a lot cheaper than doing things decentralized with small things that are rarely used. You can argue for decentralized solutions with politics, but not with economics or ecology.   

       (Well, you can argue with them anyway, but you won't make sense to someone who can count and multiply.)
jutta, Jun 23 2008

       With ISP I meant the internet hosting provider, not the internet access provider. I have two because I can't host my domain rustema.nl at the company that provides me access.   

       I would love to take out the middle man.   

       I used to have my own webserver in my livingroom in the nineties, which was quite sensational. It was just noisy, sucking up energy and high maintenance. My iPhone is on all day anyway, so why not run a server on it? The economy would be in making better use of the energy it takes to have the iPhone on standby. Not for all users a solution, but for people like me with a few dozen visitors on my homepage a day and a few dozen e-mail (not counting the impersonal newsletters and such) it should be feasible.
rrr, Jun 24 2008

       Bone for running a 24/7 service on a device without a user-changeable battery.
coprocephalous, Jun 24 2008

       Rarely used? The iPhone is on all day already. It can surely do something useful while on standby.   

       What I am really after is seeing the visitors to my website in realtime again. Way back in the nineties I had an old Apple IIci in my livingroom hooked up to my cablemodem as a webserver with the logfile of the webserver open. A few times a day I would have a visitor on my website (ping!) and I could see all the details on the monitor.
rrr, Mar 28 2010


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