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Re: UPnP NAT Traversal
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: UPnP NAT Traversal
- From: Ben Goren <ben_(_at_)_trumpetpower_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 12:54:25 -0700
On Mon, Jul 08, 2002 at 02:50:24PM -0400, Ben Allen wrote:
> Let me ask my real problem how in the world can get MSN
> Messenger to send files from a computer behind NAT to the
> outside world?
Erm...isn't this like asking the best way to use a drill to hammer
a nail? There are lots of ways of sending files between computers,
including ways that were actually designed for the job.
May I suggest setting up an SCP or SFTP server? There are
free and easy-to-use clients for all platforms. With keypairs
for authentication, your clients need do nothing more than
drag an icon into or out of a window. Or, if you like
the point-to-point ``send file'' method, what's worng with
MIME-enhanced email? Virtually every mailer that's been published
for years has no trouble with attachments (unless you count
Outlook's automatic execution of them, and we shouldn't go
there). As a bonus, you could use PGP or GnuPG for true security.
Microsoft, more thany any other organization, is guilty of feeping
creaturism. Don't, as they have, fall into the trap of thinking
that just because something is possible means that it should be
done. If that were the case, people would use their convertibles
to haul manure, use a chainsaw to chop salad vegatables, or forgo
shoes in favor of a wrapping of duct tape.
Use the right tool for the right job--especially when the right
tool is already in your tool chest.
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