Saturday, July 22, 2006

Answering Questions

MattSpew said...

I don't have any questions..

The only comment I can think of is that Sendmail isn't a protocol nor is it a nick name for the protocol SMTP.

SendMail is an OpenSource Unix based email agent/server.

  • I shall change my blog now to correct this.


ruler of men said...

why does SMPT have trouble queuing messages when a server recieves email?

  • Sharon gave me a very good statement about this. Please read her comment.
Sharon said...

Further to your statement about SMTP's ability to queue mail, I discovered the following information on

"If mail delivery fails, sendmail (the most important SMTP implementation) will queue mail messages and retry delivery later. However, a backoff algorithm is used, and no mechanism exists to poll all Internet hosts for mail, nor does SMTP provide any mailbox facility, or any special features beyond mail transport. For these reasons, SMTP isn't a good choice for hosts situated behind highly unpredictable lines (like modems)."

Do you agree with this statement?

Bretto said...
Hey Bennji
Is SMTP the only program they use on the net for sending email or only the most widely used also are there any provider this won't work with or is it universal.
  • SMTP is the most common protocol. After much research, I could only find one other alternative:
    • Local Mail Transfer Protocol (LMTP), which will reject recipients who cannot receive data immediately, so this removes the need for a mail queue.
SMTP seems very much the most common. Finding information about other MTPs is quite troublesome.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (also known as 'sendmail') is the most common protocol used today for transfering e-mail over the internet. Most email systems uses SMTP to send emails from one server to another, and POP3 / IMAP to receive the emails.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol ('SMTP'), among other things, defines the message format, specifies how two mail systems interact, and originally SMTP was only text-based (ASCII) but MIME and other encoding methods have allowed executables and multimedia to be sent along with the email (attachments).

SMTP uses a TCP/IP protocol, but is limited in its ability to queue messages when a server receives email. The most common protocols used to receive email are POP3 and IMAP (which allow users to save the emails received in the server and allows them to download them at a later date).

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Comparison of 2 FTP Programs

FTP Programs; FileZilla vs. SmartFTP

Filezilla and SmartFTP are both excellent FTP programs and are both effective at what they do. However, there are some key differences between the two, which will be very important in which one you will choose.

FillaZilla is Open Source, small and fast. It is very good for more advanced users who want to edit the source code of the program and make changes.

SmartFTP has a much better interface, is alot more appealing (eye-candy wise) and seems to have more to offer compared to FileZilla. However, they both have the same options, and SmartFTP just seems to look better, offering not much else.

Both programs are fine for simple FTP, but FileZilla, although not as nice looking as SmartFTP, can have its source edited, which would mean more modifications would be available then SmartFTP.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Bens TAFE Website

URL to Bens Website; (If you're on Campus) (If you're outside)

The image '8326.jpg' and the '3755assignment.htm' files have both been uploaded to the website.



FileZilla is a reliable FTP program that is easy to use, fast and has a incredibly intuitive user interface. FileZilla is totally free, and is not only freeware but is also open source (which means that the program source code is editable).

FileZilla Pricing

FileZilla is totally free and also is open source. There are many different versions, which can be downloaded at their main site.

FTP Commander

FTP Commander

FTP Commander had 3 different versions, with all 3 based for 3 different types of users.

FTP Commander

FTP Commander is the simplest FTP that the company 'Internet Soft' offer. According to their main site;

"FTP Commander is a simple and easy to use ftp client. It's really the bare minimum with no extra frills or thrills. It offers a no-nonsense interface consisting of two side-by-side local computer and FTP server panels. The latter contains a list of about a dozen pre-set FTP servers. It's easy as pie to establish a connection."

FTP Commander Pro
FTP Commander Pro is for the more advanced users who want to FTP. According to their site;

"That's basically it because anything else would just be overkill. Overkill comes in handy when you're running a professional website equipped with a search engine, database, scripting facilities executed on a server or other such large-scale functions. In this case you'll need to assign access permission to remote servers, synchronize directories that will enable you to take advantage of many other splendid options offered under the new version of
FTP Commander Pro (ftp client) program."

FTP Commander Deluxe

"For business sites, as opposed to private home pages, information security comes into play. Can you estimate the possible losses in case your web site is hacked? Chances are that the loss would be painful. With this in mind, you should remember the one big FTP-protocol disadvantage: data is transmitted in an un-encrypted form."

FTP C0mmander Pricings

FTP Commander is a completely free program for users who are new to FTPing. However, it offers no support or updates.

FTP Commander Pro starts at $29.95.

FTP Commander Deluxe starts at $49.95.

CoffeeCup Free FTP

CoffeeCup Free FTP

"CoffeeCup Free FTP is an easy-to-use FTP client for file uploads and downloads. It allows you to use an unlimited number of FTP accounts, resume broken downloads, and transfer binary, ASCII, or automode files. It also offers an optional autorefresh on each file upload or download, and optional FTP-log transcription."

CoffeeCup Free FTP is a easy, simple to use FTP program that is also free. Good for the casual FTP-er, CoffeeCup Free FTP will cover all the basic needs of a FTP Program.

CoffeeCup Free FTP

As the name suggests, CoffeeCup Free FTP is a free program with no license (freeware). This makes it very good for a person who FTPs only on occasion. However, more advanced FTP programs have much more support and options, which is what you will miss with CoffeeCup Free FTP.

FTP Explorer

FTP Explorer

"FTP Explorer is a File Transfer Protocol client. FTP Explorer looks and acts very much like the Windows Explorer, offering a fun and easy way to transfer files.

Available since 1996, FTP Explorer is the original easy-to-use "explorer style" FTP Client."

FTP Explorer is a very simple product that is free to students and teachers. For basic FTP needs, FTP Explorer is a very good choice.

FTP Explorer Pricing

FTP Explorer is free to students, or staff members of educational facilities. Otherwise, you can use the evaluation for 15 days, and then you will be required to purchase a license. The registration fee for a single user is $35.00.

Smart FTP


"SmartFTP is a much more advanced FTP program. With an extensive knowledge base, various tutorials and some user-friendly forums, SmartFTP will get your website up and running in no time."

The biggest advantage of SmartFTP is that its free for home users and non-profit organisations. However, if you work for a corporation and/or want maintenance and support, then the pricing is as follows

SmartFTP Pricing

If you're using SmartFTP for a profit organisation, then you have to pay a small fee once a year. For one user its $36.95, and the pricing gets cheaper the more people you have.

FTP Voyager

FTP Voyager

"FTP Voyager is the most powerful FTP client program for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP on the market. With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, FTP Voyager lets you update a Web site with a single click, transfer files directly between FTP servers, and resume interrupted downloads. A perfect tool for Web developers or anyone that moves files on the Internet.

The regular version of FTP Voyager includes all the great features and functionality that has made FTP Voyager famous across the Internet and a "must-have" utility.

FTP Voyager Secure is the ultimate solution when you're looking for the ease of use in FTP Voyager combined with tested and approved security! FTP Voyager Secure includes all the advanced features and options of FTP Voyager and combines it with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transform Layer Security (TLS) technology! This security is the same type used by your web browser on secure web servers."

FTP Voyager Standard

FTP Voyager Standard can be bought for $39.95, with 1 year support and upgrades. However, the most copies that you buy of Voyager the cheaper it gets (for example, if you buy more then 20 copies, the cost of each goes down to $34.95). Also buying FTP Voyager for 2 years is cheaper then buying 2 individual copies of the program.

FTP Voyager Secure

FTP Voyager Secure can be purchased for as little as $49.95, with 1 year of support and upgrades. However, like with all FTP Voyager products, the more you buy the cheaper they are, so if you buy more then 20 then each of the products are $44.95. For more information, check the following website;



CuteFTP comes in many different versions, with evaluation options for most of them. The cheapest version of CuteFTP to purchase is $39.99 (CuteFTP Home) and can go upwards of $500 (with room licenses and such).

The major features for CuteFTP Home and Professional:

CuteFTP Home

"Cute FTP Home is used to transfer files of any size and/or type, including Web pages, multi-media files, or other documents to and from a file transfer server over FTP, the standard for moving files across the Internet."

CuteFTP Professional

"CuteFTP Professional provides simple yet powerful tools for tackling the complex challenges of data management and helps achieve HIPAA, GLBA and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance."

Final Pricings

CuteFTP Professional
Upgrade: $29.99
Single User: $59.99

CuteFTP Home
Upgrade: $19.99
Single User: $39.99



WS_FTP has evaluation periods for most of its products, including both the Home and the Professional versions.


"WS_FTP Home is the more casual version of WS_FTP and is based more on users who do not FTP often. One key component that differs Home and Proffessional is the tutorials that you get with Home, which helps people who want to learn how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol)."

WS_FTP Home Pricings
WS_FTP Home (Product Only)- $39.95
WS_FTP Home (with 12 months support and upgrades) - $69.95
WS_FTP Home upgrades and support for 12 months - $34.95

WS_FTP Professional Pricings
WS_FTP Professional (Product only) - $89.95
WS_FTP Professional (with 12 months support and upgrades) - $54.95
WS_FTP Professional upgeades and support for 12 months - $49.95
Upgrade from WS_FTP Home to WS_FTP Professional - $29.95