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SHOW AND TELNET
The last few tips showed you how to use Netscape
Navigator to access an old Internet tool called Gopher (well, it's older
than the World Wide Web). There's another even older Internet technology
called Telnet that you can also access through Navigator. And just because
it's old, it doesn't mean it's not valuable, as we'll see in a minute.
Telnet allows you to log on to other Internet computers interactively.
Telnet sites include vast database-type things like library card catalogs
and weather information databases. You can also access text-based online
services like the WELL or Echo through Telnet. Also, if you have a Unix
account on another Net computer, you can log in through Telnet and run
Unix programs through the host computer. Now we won't bore you with the
inner workings of all this, but we will show you how to get to it through
Netscape Navigator. First, you can't actually get there directly through
Navigator, you must use an external helper application. Windows 95 has
a Telnet application built in, but if you use another platform you can
find another helper pretty easily (your Internet service provider may include
it). The reason for this in general is that WWW browsers and Telnet work
the Internet in fundamentally different ways. But that's getting just a
little too geeky to get into here. You just want to set up Navigator for
Telnet, right? OK, open Navigator and select Options|General Preferences,
then click the Apps tab. Enter the name of the Telnet application in the
field Telnet Application. If you have Windows 95, just type in "telnet."
If the application is saved on a drive somewhere, click Browse and select
it from the list that appears. That's all there is to it, click OK and
you're ready for a Telnet session, which we'll tell you about in the next
LOG OFF ETIQUETTE
Most Telnet applications provide ways to disconnect
from the remote host at any point in the session. Usually you don't even
have to tell the host that you're leaving (logging off, to be precise).
In the Win 95 Telnet application, just choose Connect|Disconnect from the
main menu bar. However, this is a practice that you should really try to
avoid. Why? Well, the Telnet remote host software might not realize that
you're gone and may keep the connection open. This can last several minutes
sometimes, causing Internet traffic jams. So unless you're having some
sort of technical problems with the remote connection, be a good guest
and log off the proper way--by choosing the menu items or otherwise following
the instructions provided by the remote site.
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