The Text Based Internet
Part 2: Getting
The first think that you need to do is Log in. It will look something
Use of this system constitutes acceptance of the
Communications usage policy.
Unauthorized Access is Prohibited
Here is were you type your user id, login id, user name, or whatever
you want to call it. Dare I say, it is the part of your e-mail address
before the @ sign.
Here is where you type your password. A lot of ISP's that allow both
PPP and shell accounts have two passwords. If this is like yours, try the
password for your e-mail.
A few cautions before you log in.
Don't backspace. If you make a
mistake, try using the delete key. Although once you're in the account
you may be able to backspace, if you do it at the loging prompt, it will
just give you a bunch of ^H's.
You get 3 tries. Much like baseball and the US Department of Justice,
you don't do it right on 3 tries, they will give up on you and you will
have to reconnect entirely. This may be as simple as reconnecting through
the telnet program, and will only be as hard as dialing back in.
No password echo. Echoing is when you can see what you just typed on
the screen. Usually this is good. After all, if your word processor or
e-mail program didn't tell you what you typed, how do you know that you
typed it right? This, of course, has the flaw that if you can see what
you typed, so can anyone around you. So, almost anywhere that cares the
least bit about security will either echo another character for each one
that you type (password would show up as ********) or turn off
all the way (password shows up as empty space). Don't worry about
your password and get on with your life.
Timing out. You pull up a telnet window and start typing your user id.
The phone rings. By the time you get back from telling the caller that
you are not the pizza place and you do not know the right number, you have
a message like this: Connection Lost to Remote Host. What happened? The
server timed out. If you wait too long between typing, it decides that
you lost interest and, basically, hangs up on you.
Logins are case sensitive, just like everything else. If you type
Fruitbat, you'd better mean Fruitbat and not FrUiTbAt, FRUITBAT or
fruitbat. To UNIX, capital F is as different a letter from lowercase f as
it is from q or s or b. Beware, this will hold true in all of UNIX.
Welcome to RealCool Communications
Enjoy your session.
You have 7 new messages, 3 read messages.
Now what? Now, you have the world at your fingers. You have a lot of
- You can check your mail through Pine.
- You can check out the newsgroups through tin.
- You may want to download some files with ftp.
- While you're at it, you should fiddle around with some miscellaneous commands and programs.