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A Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Winter 1994

Contents:

New Gopher & Internet Access
New GreenNet staff and Women's Regional Meetings
Women's Feature Service
Unsolicited Mail & What To Do About It
Travel Account

New Gopher & Internet Access
We have just updated our (i)nternet menu to provide easier access to the various Internet services. The new menus give you browsing by subject, access to general Internet resources and information, access to Lynx, which is a text-based World Wide Web (WWW) browser, and to FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to collect files and documents. Telnet, to connect directly to another system, is also available from the gopher menu and works as before.
The basic Gopher commands are very straightforward since the whole thing is menu-based. You can move to the option you want by using your cursor keys or by typing the number. Press <RETURN>to select the option.
To use Lynx to browse WWW documents, select option 7 from the gopher menu and when it brings up a login: prompt, type lynx as the username. This will display the "home page" of the Radcliffe Science Library (Oxford). You can either use this as a starting point, and follow the links to other documents, or if you know the URL (Universal Resource Locator) for a document you can jump to it by typing "g" to go and entering the URL. An example that you may like to try is the Friends of the Earth WWW home page at: http://www.foe.co.uk - type in that whole mess just the way it is.
You can use FTP from anywhere within a gopher menu by typing "f" and filling in the internet address that you want to collect something from. The files and directories will be displayed in a gopher menu format. Use the usual gopher commands to move around, select and download or e-mail the items you want.
As announced in the last newsletter, using SLIP or PPP to connect to GreenNet lets you use the Internet programs directly from your own computer. The SLIP or PPP sets up a temporary Internet link from GreenNet to your computer and you can then run a gopher, ftp WWW browser (Mosaic, etc.,) or other Internet program on your computer and it reaches out to the rest of the Internet via GreenNet and GreenNet's Internet connection. You can also run a mail program like Eudora in both off and online modes to let you save money by doing your e-mail reading and writing offline.
There are no additional charges or changes needed to your account for SLIP/PPP access. Note: we can still only provide limited support for use of SLIP and PPP through GreenNet, this means that we will answer your questions if possible, but it may take us longer than with normal support queries, and we may refer you to other information sources moreoften than normal.
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New GreenNet staff and Women's Regional Meetings
Sally Dean will be handling new users, billing and administration, contact her on <billing@gn.apc.org>. Sally comes to us from Lambeth College's radio and journalism department. She has a background in community radio and local planning campaigns.
Rupert Brown will be handling a variety of support work including the links with African and Asian networks. He has just finished a research project for the Wye college external programme and is now studying part time for a PhD for CEDAR. Contact him on <rupert@gn.apc.org>.
Sarah Masters is attending the Arab Women's Regional NGO & inter-governmental preparatory meetings for the UN World Conference on Women in Amman, Jordan, and Karen Banks is attending the African Women's Regional NGO & inter-governmental preparatory meetings in Dakar, Senegal. The trainings and demonstrations at these meetings have been partly funded thanks to grants from IDRC and the Dutch Embassy in Egypt.
Activities around the UN World Conference on Women (to be held in Beijing in March 1995) are increasing as the conference date draws nearer. Check the conferences women.unwcw and wcw.ngo.docs for further information on these meetings and general news on the process.
Jill Small is working for us through October and November to cover support work during these travels. Jill normally lives in Geneva and provides support for users there on a voluntary and consultancy basis. Contact her at <jsmall@gn.apc.org>.
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Women's Feature Service
The Women's Feature Service (WFS), which reports from 40 countries in all regions of the world and includes a network of over 100 women journalists, now makes articles available via GreenNet. WFS produces approximately 500 articles a year, in English and Spanish, with a special focus on developing countries. Launched in 1978, WFS seeks to give women's voices and perspectives greater presence in the world's mass media. WFS stories focus on the political, social, economic and cultural issues that shape women's lives.
Month-old, English-language WFS articles are available for everyone in the conference 'wfs.english'. Access to current articles is available for a small fee payable to WFS. E-mail <wfs-info@igc.apc.org> for rates and other information.

Unsolicited Mail & What To Do About It
Even in electronic mail (as in postal mail) one can sometimes receive unsolicited e-mail or RjunkmailS. We strongly discourage sending out unsolicited e-mail unless you have a pretty good idea that the intended recipients ARE going to be interested in the information you send to them. If in doubt, send such messages only to people you know, or consider posting your information to the appropriate electronic conference.
If you RECEIVE unsolicited mail, you can always (w)rite a (r)eply to the (s)ender, letting them know that you are not interested in receiving unsolicited e-mail and requesting that they remove you from their mailing list.
If you continue to receive unsolicited e-mail from the same person, you can submit a complaint to the system operator of the computer system on which the sender is located. If you need help with this or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact <support>. In most cases, the sender does not mean to offend, so it is good protocol to reply politely, but firmly, to unsolicited mail.
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Travel Account
If you are planning to travel overseas and want to ensure that you still have access to your e-mail and use of electronic conferences, you can request a travel account on the APC partner network in that country or region. Once you have a travel account, the mail from your GreenNet account can be forwarded to it so you can access it more cheaply through the local numbers. Please contact <support> before you depart for further details on how to arrange travel accounts and mail forwarding.
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