First Homework - Using News Groups
This is part of your Week 1 homework.
Usenet News is a third tool to add to your current Internet kit
alongside EMail and Web. If you have a home Internet Service
Provider, you will usually find tens of thousands of Usenet news groups
available there. Another way to get connected to these thousands of News
Groups is by becoming a member of the National Capital FreeNet.
Here at Algonquin College, you have access to a few dozen local Ottawa news
groups, plus all the local Algonquin news groups.
- Find and open the course web page for my sections of this course.
(Start looking here.)
- Next, select the News & Discussion link. Read this new
- Click on the NNTP interface to the Discussion news
group. Your browser should start up the News Reader software, open to
the Discussion news group. If it doesn't work, return to the News
& Discussion page and select the link "Select here if you
want to know more about participating in online discussion".
You will find some information on how to better configure Netscape on that
- In the Discussion news group that you opened successfully, read some news
- Find the news article posted by your instructor entitled "First
Homework ..." that has your course section number in it. Follow
the directions in that news article: Reply to that article so that your
reply is posted to the news group. (Ensure that the reply goes to the
group, not to the individual who posted the article.)
- Using the Netscape menus, find the correct menu and configure your news
reader for "Show only Unread Articles". This will keep the
number of articles on your screen smaller.
- You're done. You might want to browse the Algonquin Student news
group, or the For Sale news group. Find the menu entry in your News
Reader that says "Subscribe to News Groups" to do that.
Here is some terminology to help you keep EMail and News distinct:
|Mail has messages that are sent, e.g. "Please send
someone an email message"|
|News Groups have articles that are posted, e.g. "Please
post a news article to that news group"|