"Netcat was written 5 years ago to perform exactly this kind
of magic - allowing the user to make network connections between
machines without any programming. Let's look at some examples of
how it works."
"...netcat can be used as a tcp/ip client program, allowing us
to connect to a remote server, send a request, and pass off the
response to some other program. It can also be used as a
"I'd like to set up a simple server that reports the stable and
development versions of the Mason software I write. I'd like it to
be available on port 1500 of mason.stearns.org. I'd also like to
avoid having to write yet another piece of software to do it. While
it's true that I could place this in some finger-accessible file,
I'd rather not run the finger daemon as that tends to be a security
and privacy risk."
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