When using the terminal account, e-mail is often sent by a user-friendly program that rests on the provider's computer called PINE. All the commands for PINE are conveniently listed at the bottom of the screen.
To access the World Wide Web, one uses a text based browser called LYNX. By typing LYNX at the unix prompt (%), one can surf the web, but without graphics. This has its pluses and minues. the best thing about lynx is that it is fast. One does not always n eed pictures to gain the needed information.
Terminal accounts also contain an on-line text editor called PICO, which behaves very much like PINE. This editor allows one to edit or update web documents directly and while on-line, which is best for minor additions or corrections to a document.
The Direct Account
Also called a SLIP or PPP account, this method allows for the use of such graphical web browsers such as Netscape, which is used by about 80% of everyone on the Web today. It also allows for the use of a great e-mail program called Eudora, which downloads
your mail to your computer, where it can be read off-line. This type of account usually takes place within a Windows or Mac environment, which permits easy point-and-click use when browsing the WWW. This method may also be the best for teaching in that m
any media can be employed to convey information from and to the student.
The graphical account also allows for the use of graphical "clients" (programs) such as WS-FTP, a program that lets the user send and receive files with point-and-click ease. This removes the need for odd UNIX commands to post and receive web documents pr oduced by students and teachers.
A look at the WS-FTP program. Note the local side on the left and the remote side on the right.
Commercial On-Line Service
These services are provided by large companies such as
Classroom Connect, a great on-line resource for educators, allows schools to place web documents on their server. Visit their information page to find out how to get in on the action.
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