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 +Notes to a novice
 + Peter Durrant \<​\>​ wrote this article in 1997\
 +Peter Durrant offers some hard-won experience of getting started on the
 +Dear Novice
 +Networking 'the net' is about thinking on your feet through:
 +\(a) LEARNING THE LANGUAGE and that '​PC'​ means personal computer,
 +'​down-loading'​ means getting your printer to re-print what is on the
 +screen and that '​menus'​ are simply the lists of available options. But
 +it's quite hard to make a mistake and don't be afraid to experiment. So
 +long as you quickly learn how to '​save'​ your information and not to
 +'wipe off' by mistake. Oh, and '​lurking'​ means simply reading other
 +people'​s forum discussions and not joining in. But you will later.
 +\(b) CONNECTING YOUR COMPUTER means travelling hopefully, and remember
 +when you put one plug, or wire, in where you think it should go, there'​s
 +usually a symbol on each insert. If you havn't got it right the system
 +won't work but don't be afraid to ask questions from the shop, and,
 +increasingly,​ your friends on various net networks. Hosts aren't usually
 +too helpful about basic information by the way. You could even try me,
 +for a post-novice opinion on 01123 262759.
 +\(c) ONCE CONNECTED, and e-mail and the world wide web (www) are most
 +people'​s preferences,​ remember always to check, and double check,
 +addresses. Otherwise e-mails will be returned and the web won't
 +materialise. Then begin to collect information,​ again from contacts, or
 +the media, about what interest groups, forums and web sites suit your
 +particular needs. As an example, e-mailing
 +followed by '​subscribe'​ and your full name in the bulk of the message,
 +will provide some examples of what is available.
 +\(d) CONFIDENCE THEN BEGINS TO GROW and especially when you learn to
 +print-out and people from all over the world begin to e-mail YOU. But do
 +remember to black-out what you want to save before pressing the '​print'​
 +sign. Again, it's helpful to record what e-mail addresses you will use
 +most often. You're also getting there when you realise that you can
 +select your own description for '​subject'​ on the e-mail headings and
 +that '​cc'​ means any number of people can be written to at the same time.
 +\(e) FINDING, OR SWOPPING, A HOST is less difficult these days but do
 +remember to unsubscribe before you leave. The Guardian on thursdays has
 +dozens of them. As do the many available magazines. The key here is
 +which ones are most helpful for learners. As well as not being too
 +expensive. You'll also find it sensible when your e-mail forums and
 +messages begin to take off to reply directly to individual'​s raising
 +issues and queries. Unless, of course, everyone, as they sometimes are,
 +would be interested in your comments.
 +\(f) AFTER A WHILE, you'll find yourself making new local, national and
 +international friends through regular contacts, phoning, '​snail-mail'​
 +and even meeting at workshops and the like. Who says 'the net' is a
 +monoculture with the world, literally, at your fingertips.
 +Best wishes
 +Peter Durrant.Coordinator.\
 + The Humeberstone\
 + ​Networking Trust.\
 + 5 Kentings. Comberton.\
 + ​Cambridge. CB3 7DT.\
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