E-Mail and USENET
Feb. 7, 1997
Work through these exercises. There is nothing that needs to be handed in.
This material, along with the readings, will be covered in the quiz.
You know how to start Netscape. Did you know you can send e-mail from it?
But first, you must configure Netscape so that the e-mail recipient knows
where the e-mail's coming from:
- From netscape, open the Options menu. Next, open the
Mail and News preferences menu. Bring the identity tab forward.
- Fill-in the information for the first four lines.
- Click OK.
- We just opened a big security/privacy problem. Working with those
around you, determine what the problem is. If you stumped, grab the
instructor. Don't move on until you understand this problem. Why isn't it
a such a big deal with a home computer?
- Open the Windows menu and choose Netscape Mail. It
might complain about a missing POP server. You can ignore that; the POP
server is used for reading e-mail and we'll only send it from here.
- Send a piece of e-mail to the person sitting next to you.
- Use GroupWise to read the e-mail you received.
Suppose you frequently send e-mail to the same 10 people. You don't have
to type in everyone's e-mail address each time. Instead, you can put them
into a personal group (of which you can have as many as you want), and send
the e-mail to the group.
- Get the names of each person in your row.
- Start GroupWise.
- Open the Send menu and choose Address Book. Click
- For each name that you got, find their name (start typing their last
name to search through) in the address book, highlight it, then click
TO. You might want to put someone in CC or BC, as an
experiment, to see what happens.
- When you're finished, click Save Group, then name your group.
- Double click the Mail icon to send a piece of e-mail. Click
Personal Groups to see your personal group, then put it in the
- Send a piece of e-mail to your row. If you would prefer to remove
the group and need help, call me over. Stay in GroupWise.
You can create additional folders to keep related e-mail together. For
instance, I have a folder for CS14A correspondence.
- Open the File menu and choose Folders.
- Make sure that your ``main'' folder is highlighted. Click the
Create button and enter a name for your folder (any name will do).
Save the folder and then choose OK.
- Now, open your ``In'' box. You should see your new folder. Take a
piece of junk e-mail from your main folder and drag it into your new
folder. It should disappear from your main folder. Click your new folder
to switch to it and to verify that the e-mail is now in your new folder.
- If your would prefer to remove the new folder and need help, call me
- Start Netscape Navigator.
- Open the Options menu. Fill-in your identity again. Under
the Servers tab, make sure that the News (NNTP) Server is
set to news.westminster.edu. Click OK.
- Open the Windows menu and choose Netscape News.
- Let's see if you can take it from here. I want you to read the
article I posted to wc.acad.cs14a with the subject ``CS14A thread'' and
follow the directions. The user id for that newsgroup is cs14a and
the password is cocoa.
- If you're stuck, try the Netscape Handbook first. Open the
Help menu and choose Handbook. Once you've opened the handbook,
follow the Mail, News, and Bookmarks link. If after reading the
handbook you're still stuck, call me over.
Thomas P. Kelliher
Thu Feb 6 16:51:01 EST 1997