To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson

The only certainty is that nothing is certain. - Pliny the Elder

First, the preferred method of accessing Friends and Partners is the use of WWW browsing software. This software allows you to view the in-line graphics, make use of the graphic maps, listen to audio, and view text in a more nicely formatted style. But, for a number of reasons, many of our users cannot use such software. It generally requires a direct 'IP' (Internet Protocol) connection to the Internet and currently requires a fairly powerful Macintosh, IBM PC (or compatible), Amiga, or Unix workstation.

So, many of our users instead use the special 'friends' account we have established on our computer system to access the WWW server. To access the material via this method, you must:

  1. have telnet access to the Internet

  2. be emulating a vt100 terminal (this is generally not a problem as most people seem to, by default, be using software that emulates a vt100 terminal)

The steps for the use of this method of access are:

  1. use the telnet command on your system to telnet to solar.ncsa.uiuc.edu (NOTE: this is generally the command:

    telnet solar.ncsa.uiuc.edu

  2. at the login: prompt, enter

    friends
    and press RETURN.

    Note: The use of all lowercase characters IS important - it won't allow you to log in otherwise.

  3. wait a couple of seconds for the first screen to appear.
At this point (if everything has worked as described), you are on our computer system (which, for those interested, is a Sun SPARCstation 10) using the free Lynx WWW browser software developed at the University of Kansas.

Now, all you need to know is how to use the Lynx software. The following are the more important instructions:

  • use the space bar to move forward through the pages of text use the 'b' key (lowercase b) to go backwards a page

  • once you are on a 'hypertext link' (this is a highlighted word or phrase), press RETURN to 'go' to the referenced material if you have done this and want to go 'up' to the page from which you chose the hypertext link, press the 'u' key (lowercase u)

  • press the tab key OR the down arrow key to move through the various hypertext links press the up arrow key to go backwards through the hypertext links

  • if you want to mail yourself a copy of whatever you are reading, just press the 'p' key and then choose the "Mail" option. You will then be prompted to enter your email address (make sure to erase any material already in the prompt area)

  • finally, when you wish to quit, just press the 'q' key.

  • if you wish to learn lots about Lynx, press the '?' key.
That's pretty much it! Lynx is a powerful and flexible software package and you are encouraged to use the '?' key to learn about its more powerful features (but probably only after having learned the 'fundamentals'!).


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