Hurstville Seniors Computer Club
(A lesson from the Internet Class)
CONGRATULATIONS! Now that you have finally chosen your favourite, super-duper, infallible, almost free ISP, you are ready to tackle the MAGIC WORLD OF INTERNET. Let us start with the very useful, world beating, (at the time of writing) leaving Fax a country mile behind, E-MAIL. To give it it's rightful name - Electronic Mail. (You know how these Nerds like to abbreviate and create shortcuts to outlandish, mostly incomprehensible expressions)

Electronic Mail is a form of sending a letter with distinct advantages - you can dispatch it anytime of the day, without leaving your home or workplace. It will arrive at the receiver's mailbox minutes later, even if he or she lives on the other side of the world. [Black Stump?]

Mind you, the recipients still have to check their mailboxes. Just like the Blonde kept checking hers. She kept running out to her letterbox because her computer kept saying: There is mail in your "INBOX". To use E-mail, you need SOFTWARE called an E-mail client. There are lots of Popular versions, such as Pegasus Mail, Qualcomm Eudora, etc. You can also use the E-mail client (?) which came with your WEB BROWSER if you wish to.

If your ISP provided you with an earlier version, or you are not happy with it, you can download the latest version off the NET.

Your user name is usually a name of your own choosing, approved by your ISP, followed by @ followed by the DOMAIN NAME of the Internet Service Provider you are connecting through.

Our club's address is: Our Internet Service Provider is WebCity. Every country has a designated code after the company name. In Australia it is au; Germany de; United Kingdom uk; Austria at; Hungary hu. The exception, Yes the USA. They reckon because they gave birth to the INTERNET they are privileged not to have a country code.

If you happen to leave out the country code it goes straight to the US. About 2 minutes later you'll receive a message: "Sorry message undeliverable" from your Postmaster. It is extremely important to type in the EXACT, PRECISE address. The difference in using UPPER or lower case is vital, and fatal. By leaving out a dot(.) can mean the success or failure of your labour. And lastly, you do not have to be connected to create your masterpiece. You can write several letters OFF-LINE, then send them all at once. We'll talk about writing and sending next time.

........................ The Surfer     

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