Here's one way to read your mail from a Windows machine. Run the Telnet Icarus program. Then, inside Telnet, log in and run Pine:
login: elduque (type your NetID, then press Enter) Password: (type your password, then press Enter) ... (many incomprehensible messages) $ pinePine is reasonably self-explanatory.
Someone who wants to send you mail needs to know your Internet mail address:
Of course, you're not the only person with an Internet mailbox. You can use Pine to send mail to other people, if you know their addresses.
Another way to read and send mail is to run the Eudora program (or any other Windows program that says it supports ``POP''). Then you don't have to bother with Telnet or Pine. Unfortunately, the Computer Center hasn't set up Eudora on its Windows machines.
$ talk firstname.lastname@example.orgIcarus will immediately put a notice in your Telnet window that somebody is calling. To answer the phone, follow the instructions in the notice. Then anything that the caller types will instantly appear on your screen; and anything that you type will instantly appear on the caller's screen. To get out of the Talk program, type ^C; i.e., hold down the Control key, press C, and release the Control key.
You can call other people who are logged in. One way to find out who is logged in is through Finger. Try finger://icarus.uic.edu/ inside Netscape, or
$ finger @icarus.uic.edu | sort | moreinside Telnet.
To use IRC you have to run a special IRC program. You can set up an IRC program on any Windows machine connected to the Internet. (Icarus has an IRC program, but the Computer Center screwed up the configuration.)
See the new2irc page for further information on IRC.
MUDs are multiplayer role-playing games. See www.mudconnect.com for more information.
The Computer Center would probably be annoyed at me if I listed modern games like Quake here, so I won't.
The big difference between IRC and USENET is that IRC messages disappear in seconds, whereas USENET articles are saved for many days. USENET discussions often last for weeks and sometimes cover topics in great depth.
One of your web pages is your home page. Here's how to edit your home page inside Telnet, after you log in:
$ pico public_html/index.htmlSomeone who wants to see that page needs to know your home page URL:
http://icarus.uic.edu/~elduqueYou can set up web pages under other names:
$ pico public_html/pitching.htmlEach page has a corresponding URL:
To see what your page looks like, or to look at other pages of information around the Internet, run Netscape and type in the URL. If Netscape says that it doesn't have permission to read (say) pitching.html, try the following magic incantation inside Telnet:
$ chmod 644 public_html/pitching.html
What exactly can you put into your web pages? See Professor Hanson's guide to web page design for pointers to more information. The Computer Center also recommends the WWWFaq.