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INTRODUCTION TO INTERNET RESOURCES


E-MAIL

(e-mail) Messages automatically passed from one computer user to another through computer networks.

A message usually begins with several lines of headers giving the name and electronic mail address of the sender and recipient(s), the time and date when it was sent and a subject. There are many other headers which may get added by different message handling systems during delivery. The message is eventually delivered to the recipient's mailbox - a file on his computer from where he can read it using a mail reading program.

A e-mail address is something like that:
president@whitehouse.gov

Once you have your e-mail account, you can communicate with other internet users worl wide via e-mail. You may also join some mailing lists , eg. LISTSERV or hkinternet@huge.net.hk by sending mail to majordomo@huge.net.hk with the subscribe hkinternet in the body of your mail.


WORLD-WIDE WEB

World-Wide Web (WWW or W3) is a hypertext-based information system. A World-Wide Web document can contain many hypertext or hyperlink which point to a different World-Wide Web document, image, sound or even video.

Examples:
CUHK web pages (www.cuhk.edu.hk)
Web sites in HK


FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL (FTP)

One of the most common ways to obtain public domain software and documents is to use anonymous ftp. (Login: anonymous ; pass word: your_email_addr)

Examples:
HK FTP Sites


NETNEWS

You may consider this service as electroinc bulletin boards (~10,000 newsgroups) which allow people to read news or post news. Our CUHK servers had subscribed over 7000 newsgroups. The no. of newsgroups are kept growing everyday. Users sending Usenet messages must address each message to a particular newsgroup. Some of the prefixes used to denote topic areas are:

        Prefix          Topic Area

        ------          ----------
        comp            Computing
        news            Netnews and the USENET
        rec             Recreations, hobbies, and leisure
                        time activities.
        Sci             The sciences
        soc             Social issues
        talk            Discussions
        alt             Alternative topics (almost anything
                        can show up here!)
        misc            Miscellaneous


Examples:
hk.general
hk.entertainment
hk.politics
soc.culture.hongkong

alt.answers
comp.answers
soc.answers
rec.answers


IRC

IRC, Internet Relay Chat, is a real-time text-based conversational system which allows more than two users to communicate at once. A IRC server can have many channels for their users to join.

Here are some commonly used simileys in irc:

        :-)                     Smiling
        :-D                     Laughing
        ;-)                     Winking
        :-(                     Frowning
        :-X                     Sealed lips
        |-|                     Sleeping
        8-|                     Surprised
        :{                      Mustached
        (:)-)                   diver
        [:|]                    Robot

You may try the irc.vol.net IRC server or other IRC server

see the web chat demo here


FINDING YOUR ANSWER/SOLUTION FROM INTERNET

  1. Search the FAQ first and see if you can find your answer there.
    FAQ at cs.cuhk.edu.hk
    FAQ at sunsite.ust.hk
    hypertext FAQ at ohio-state
    usenet FAQ at rtfm.mit.edu
  2. Search the related links from some search servers or web directory such as
    "Net search" in netscape buttons.
    Yahoo , Alta Vista and Open Text .
    Recommended Search Engines
    WWW Index Server for Hong Kong
    See here for the tips of web searching.
  3. Post the question in some corresponding usenet newsgroups and see if other netters can help you. Make sure you have read the newsgroup FAQ berfore your post it. After you get the answer from some netters, please cancel your post article; otherwise your post article will still continue to propagate to other sites and therefore, you will still continue to receive replies from netters.
  4. Send mail to your mailing lists or friends and see if they have encountered your problem before. Ask them to give you some hints to slove your problem.


REFERNCE:

For more detail about internet resource, you may read the following on line documents.


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