The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. - Eden Phillpotts
We have received many questions about the "how to's" involved with
accessing the Friends and Partners information. There are several
different methods in which to do this.
We thought we would summarize today these different methods.
- The best; have a unix workstation, Macintosh, Windows PC (486,
ideally), or Amiga computer hooked up to the Internet with its own Internet
Protocol address and running a graphic WWW browser software package (such
as Netscape, etc.). This is wonderful but sometimes not an option.
- The second best, is a SLIP or PPP connection to a unix server which
assigns you an IP address and thus gives you an Internet connection
(although a slow one -- delivered over a modem connection at 9600, 14,400,
28,800, or 33,600 baud). This is definitely possible and is widely being
offered at universities and by commercial internet server providers. As in
#1 above, this option requires the use of a graphic WWW browser. There are
even better connectivity options now in some areas - such as ISDN (up to
128K connections), and cable modems - check with your local Internet
service provider to discover your local options).
- If you have Lynx installed on your local host computer, you can use
the 'G'o command with the following URL:
If you don't have Lynx but you can use telnet from your computer, just
telnet to solar.ncsa.uiuc.edu and
enter 'friends' (without the quotes) at the login prompt. This will place
you on our computer where you will be running our copy of the Lynx
software. You must be emulating a VT100 terminal to use this.
This is not a bad way at all to access the server (the Lynx software is
very nice software) but it does not allow you to view graphics and
listen to audio in the same way as a graphic WWW browser.
- If you cannot use any of the above options but you do have email access
to the Internet, you can interact with our email <--> WWW gateway
to obtain material from the Friends and Partners server.
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