"Can you show me how to do ftp on my Mac?"
That was the question from my pal, Spider, which popped up in my "chat-in-gmail" window yesterday afternoon.
I don't happen to know the GUI Mac ftp clients, but that's no barrier. Just go to the "ftp://" URL in firefox. Works for me.
For her, it hangs.
Back to basics. Let's see if she has /usr/bin/ftp.
"Open a terminal window."
"How do I do that?"
Now she's fumble-fingering things because of time pressure. Turns out she's asking for help in a panic, because she's got to get out the door and she needs to retrieve some publications from the web.
I have a Mac next to me, so now I'm trying everything out before I tell her, so as not to miss any steps.
She has ftp. Good. She can make the connection. Good. She miss-types a few things, but finally gets in. Good. Something's still not working. She's ready to give up.
"Wait," I say. "I know how to do this."
I do the ftp. I attach the files to an email message. I send it to her.
"Thank you, honey," she says, as she prints them and heads out the door.
I think I'll call it jftp: Jeff-tp.