CHM 1046-02 -- Electronic Mail Information

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  • Use the following links to jump to an area of interest:
  • Registering for the class
  • Accessing your account
  • Modem access
  • Using your account
  • Printing your email messages

  •      You will need a computer account in order to participate in
    receiving and sending electronic mail messages and in carrying out
    other class assignments on the internet.  An on-line registration
    procedure has been set up by ACNS.  
         If you encounter problems with any of the following
    instructions, you can get help by calling the ACNS Help Desk at
    644-8502 or the microcomputer support laboratory at 644-2811.

    Registering for the class

         Computer terminals are available at several places on campus,
    including the main floor and basement of Dirac Science Library,
    second floor of Strozier Library Annex, 317 Carothers, and 331
    University Union.  (Those of you who have a computer with a modem,
    see the remote access information below.)  Some of these will have
    a DOS prompt, in which case you type telnet 
    Some will have Netscape, which can launch a telnet session by
    entering the URL telnet://  Some will have a
    windows telnet application.  Some will have a menu, from which you
    pick "Network", then "Other", and at the telnet> prompt type:  If you do not have a computer account, then
    at the login prompt type: newuser, and at the password prompt type:
    public.  If you already have a computer account and are just adding
    your name to the class mailing list, then at the login prompt type:
    newclass, and at the password prompt type: public.  You must have
    with you:
              A current FSU ID Card
              Your Social Security Number
              The Course Reference Number for this class:  08725
         Follow the instructions.  If you are getting a new account,
    you will be given an account name and a password.  Write them down
    exactly as they appear.  Case is important (C is different from c). 
    Your account will be ready in about 24 hours.  

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    Accessing your account

         To access your new account, you telnet (as above) to (Or pick garnet from the telnet menu).  Log in
    with your account name and the password you were given.  You will
    be asked to give a new password at this time.  It should contain at
    least six characters, including one non-alphanumeric character and
    a mixture of upper case and lower case characters.  Have one ready,
    and have it written somewhere so you don't forget it.  Do not share
    your password with others--they would be able to access your
    account.  There is an option on the menu to change your password at
    a later time if you wish.

    Modem Access

         Those of you with a computer at home can access your account
    by modem.  With a terminal emulator program, you should dial 644-
    2700, and at the user prompt, type fsu then give the password
    public.  You will get a menu that includes an option to telnet to
    garnet, or whatever machine your account is on.  If your computer
    is robust enough to use it, you can get free PPP software from the
    computer lab in 317 Carothers with instructions about how to
    install and use it.  A PPP account will allow you to use a graphics
    web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer from your home
    Other computer access
         You can access your account from any computer anywhere in the
    world which is linked to the internet by typing

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    Using your account

         Garnet is a UNIX machine.  If you are familiar with UNIX, you
    can get out of the menu system to the UNIX prompt.  Most of you who
    are novices will want to use the menus to explore the system.  From
    the first menu, pick 1. services.  Then for reading and sending
    email, pick elm or pine.  Both are fairly easy to use once you get
    the hang of it.  I don't have much experience with them, but am
    told that pine is probably the more user friendly.  A copy of
    instructions about "Managing Your Mail with Elm" and "Secrets of
    Pine" are in the "Light CHM 1046" notebook on reserve in Dirac
    Library.  You may make copies, but do not remove the original. 
    (Pine also has good on line help information.)
         You should do two things immediately to configure your account
    for use.  Pick settings from the main menu, and chfn from the next
    menu, and at the prompt type your name.  This will cause your real
    name as well as your account name to appear in the header of your
    mail messages, so you are easier to identify.  (You should still
    sign the messages).  Second, if you are using elm, when you are in
    elm, type o at the prompt (for options), and then the letter U (for
    user) and hit the space bar to change this options from beginner to
    intermediate, hit the enter key, and then type > and enter to save
    the new options.  This change gives you more options for your mail
    messages, such as saving one to a named file as opposed to a
         You will also be interested in the menu item tass, which
    allows you to read posted news announcements of many news groups. 
    After entering the number for tass, enter g followed by
    fsu.class.chm1046-02 at the newsgroup prompt.  That is where I will
    post answers to some questions, announcements, etc.  You can post
    something there by sending mail to chm1046-02-news.  There are
    other newsreader programs on the menu that I don't know anything
    about, and those of you using Netscape can configure it to read
    news items.
         If you haven't done so already, you should familiarize
    yourself with the World Wide Web.  You can start by accessing the
    FSU Home Page at the URL (uniform resource locator)  Many computers around campus will have a
    graphics browser such as Netscape, or your can get Netscape
    software for your home computer.  If your computer lacks the
    graphics capability, you can use Lynx, which is a text-only browser
    on garnet.  Pick lynx from the services menu.  My class pages are
    located through the URL 
         Practice sending each other mail.  You can send me mail by
    addressing it to rlight if you are logged onto garnet, or if you are on another machine.  Your
    friends, relatives, etc. anywhere in the world can send you
    messages by addressing, where xxxxxxx
    is your login account number.  (Some of you may have accounts on
    mailer, gold, or another machine).
         Check your email daily, or at least every couple of days. 
    Also check the newsgroup.  I plan to communicate a number of things
    to you in this way.

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         Printing from your email account is a little involved, and it
    could be  different depending on where you log in.  Basically, you
    need to get your message from garnet to your local PC by a process
    known as "downloading", and there are several different procedures
    depending on the software you are using to hook up.  For those in
    Dirac and Strozier you can simply print screen, or you can transfer
    a file by the FTP protocol.  Go through the following steps.  You
    need to have your own floppy disc to put in Drive A or B.  After
    reading your message, type s (for save) (from elm) and give it a
    name (better to be 8 letters or less, so the name is compatible for
    a DOS file later).  Lets call it "problem1" for example.  The
    message is then saved as a file in your home directory on garnet. 
    Type x to exit elm, m to get main menu, and q to quit garnet. 
    (Before quitting, you can verify that the file is in the correct
    place by going to the Unix prompt, then typing ls  or ls -l which
    will list all the files in your home directory).  If you use pine,
    pick the save option, and give the message a title as above.  You
    will be asked if you want to create a folder with that name, and
    you say yes.  This will put the message as a file in the "mail"
    directory.  When you exit pine, don't delete the message from the
    inbox (just to be safe), then go to the Unix prompt, type cd mail
    to change to the mail directory, and ls to confirm that the file is
    there.  After logging off garnet go to the FTP selection on the PC
    menu, or at the DOS prompt type:  
    You get the following prompt after logging in with your password: 
    Type "get problem1"  (or whatever filename you want, without the
    quotes) if you saved the message from elm in your home directory. 
    If you saved it from pine, you will need to type "cd mail" to go to
    the mail directory before typing "get problem1".  After you are
    told the file is transferred, type "bye" (without the quotes).  You
    are then back to the home PC, with the file in your local
    directory.  Either use the DOS print commmand (print problem1), or
    load the file into  WordPerfect and print from there after
    formatting to your taste.  If you are logged in from  a modem,
    there will be some other downloading  procedure I am not familiar
    Dr. Light

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