(I haven't updated this in a while, although it does still work. If you're interested in connecting a Linux machine, Andrew Stribblehill has the details. Mac users should check out this guide.) From: Danny O'Brien <email@example.com> Subject: cypherpunk.freeserve.net If you want to play around with Dixon's new service, but can't get hold of the CD (or are using a non-Wintel machine), here are the details you'll need. phoneno: 0845 0796699 (local call) username: cypherpunk.freeserve.co.uk password: cypherpunk Everything else should be grabbed from the server - that's the default setting on most Win95 setups. Just for safety, though, I'd type in the DNS servers too. dns: 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 Other application specific doodads: pop3: pop.freeserve.net smtp: smtp.freeserve.net news: news.freeserve.net proxy: www-cache.freeserve.net:8080 Note that, despite the login, it isn't really anonymous. I'm sure Energis will keep a record of your phone number, Caller-ID withheld or not. Update 28/9/98: A nice man from Freeserve e-mailed to point out that Freeserve accounts are not for use by more than person. It was unclear whether they system actively rejects more than one cypherpunk user at a time, or whether the account will be cancelled if it's abused like this. Other interesting notes: apparently, Freeserve routes all SMTP requests to its own mailserver (preventing would-be spammers from using third-party machines). Its POP account is inaccessible if you're not dialling in from Freeserve. I've had a number of reports of 128K ISDN use, and 64KB+ access through modem bonding in Windows 98.
Creating your own Freeserve accountIf you'd like your own named account, go to https://signup.freeserve.net/ . Any browser should work, but you'll have to do it from the Freeserve dial-up. The 'install.ins' file the registration script sends you at the end is a text file containing a bunch of settings for IE4.0, and Windows' dial-up networking. If you save it to your desktop, and then double-click on it, it'll automagically change your computer's Internet settings to your new account. Alternatively, you can load it up in Notepad and read off the details by hand. You have to access this server from a Freeserve account! If the cypherpunk account isn't working, use username: freeservesignup password: signup This account only gives you access to the Signup server. If you have any more tips and hints on using Freeserve, I'd love to hear those too. Best wishes, Danny O'Brien -- They stole our revolution. Now we're stealing it back. NEED TO KNOW http://www.ntk.net