BCH 4053

Electronic Mail Information

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. To receive messages sent to the class, you must also register your email address on the class alias. An on-line registration procedure has been set up by ACNS. Using a Netscape browser on a campus computer, go to the URL:


and follow instructions by clicking on new accounts.

Alternatively, you can register for the new account using a telnet session with TCP/IP software. Telnet to register.acns.fsu.edu.

To get an email account, login as newuser and at the password prompt, type public. Follow instructions. It will take 24 hours for the account to become available. You will need your current student FSU ID card number and your social security number.

It is no longer necessary for you to register your email address with for the class alias. That is done automatically for students appearing on the class roster. However, if you want to read your mail at a server other than that for your FSU account, you must go to your FSU account (on garnet or mailer) and configure it to forward your mail.

Computer terminals are available at several places on campus, including the computer lab on the third floor of Carothers, Dirac Science Library, Strozier Library, and 331 University Union. Some dormitories also have internet connections. Those of you who have a computer with a modem, can obtain a PPP (point to point protocol) account for remote access provide your computer has sufficient capacity. You should pick up software and instructions from the computer lab on the third floor of Carothers. The software also includes email, telnet, and web browsing programs, including software to connect to the LUIS system. Bring five 3.5 inch high density disks with you. You will be given instructions about installing and using your PPP account.

Once your FSU account is activated, to access it you telnet to garnet.acns.fsu.edu. 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.

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. Pine is probably the more user friendly. A copy of instr1uctions about "Managing Your Mail with Elm" and "Secrets of Pine" are in the "Light BCH-4053" notebook on reserve in Dirac Library

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 folder.

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.bch4053 (for the BCH 4054 newsgroup) 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 bch4053-news@garnet.acns.fsu.edu. There are other newsreader programs on the menu that I don't know anything about. Those of you using Netscape can configure it to read news items. Select news.fsu.edu as the default newsreader (using the Options menu, mail and news preferences). Pick Netscape News under the Window menu, right click on the news.fsu.edu folder, pick "show all newsgroups", then you can explore the listed newsgroups. When you find fsu.class.bch4053, subscribe to it by clicking in the box next to it or by right clicking and picking "subscribe". Click on the newsgroup to open it, and the messages appear in the right window. Click on a message to open and read it. (For Netscape 4.0, the news reader is called collabra).

Practice sending each other mail. You can send me mail by addressing it to rlight if you are logged onto garnet, or rlight@garnet.acns.fsu.edu if you are on another machine. Your friends, relatives, etc. anywhere in the world can send you messages by addressing xxxxxxx@garnet.acns.fsu.edu, where xxxxxxx is your login account number. You can send email to the class using the class alias: