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Ton Van Den Bogert
05-28-1993, 06:34 AM
Dear Biomch-L subscribers,

I have just finished updating the BIOMCH-L GUIDE. To obtain a copy,
send the command 'get biomch-l guide' to LISTSERV@NIC.SURFNET.NL
(Internet) or LISTSERV@HEARN (Bitnet). The most important changes and
additions are listed at the end of this message.

-- Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L moderator
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Changes in BIOMCH-L GUIDE (May 28, 1993):

- change from LISTEARN to LISTSERV:

LISTSERV was written by Eric Thomas . The current
version is 1.7f.
...
After subscribing, you will receive all messages posted to the list.
You can also choose to receive daily 'digests' with several messages
combined. To select this option, send 'set biomch-l digest' to
LISTSERV. Similarly, 'set biomch-l index' will give you a daily index
of the messages, not the messages themselves. See the LISTSERV
documentation (item 10 in this file) for more details.
...
you will find out that a LISTSERV users manual can be obtained by
sending the request 'send listserv memo'. This file provides a detailed
description of most of the LISTSERV command language. There are other
...

- Some things to consider when posting messages:

Always sign your postings with at least your name. You may also want
to include your E-mail address, phone/fax number or other information.
Most mail software can automatically include a 'signature' file at the
end of all outgoing mail. This is important because some subscribers
have reported that their mail software does not show them the
originator of a posting; they only see "From: BIOMCH-L". Always try
to provide a meaningful Subject: line.

- FTP and gopher access to Biomch-L archives:

All postings are saved by LISTSERV in the monthly archive files. You
can get copies of the monthly archives by sending, for example:

send biomch-l log9210

to LISTSERV to get the archive for October 1992. The monthly archive
files can also be obtained interactively by anonymous FTP from
hearn.nic.surfnet.nl (directory BIOMCH-L). The gopher server (see
item 15 in this file) at hearn.nic.surfnet.nl provides access to the
individual messages in the archives of Biomch-L and many other lists.
Messages can be read, and also transferred to your own computer. This
is *very* convenient. Gopher (actually Veronica) can search for
keywords, but only in the Subject: and From: fields.

- Pointers to Internet information access:

15. What is Gopher, Archie, WAIS, WWW, etc. etc.
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These programs are interactive tools for accessing information through
the Internet. An incredible amount of information has already been
made accessible, and more will follow. More information about these
tools can be obtained by sending

GET NETTOOLS MEMO

to LISTSERV@EARNCC.BITNET. Gopher is user-friendly and menu-driven;
documentation is not really necessary. If you just type 'gopher', you
start at your local 'gopher hole', from where you can make 'tunnels'
to all other gophers in the world. The menus explain everything. You
can also start directly at a remote gopher. Examples:

gopher hearn.nic.surfnet.nl (to access the BIOMCH-L archives)

or

gopher merlot.welch.jhu.edu

This connects you to a gopher at Johns Hopkins University, with
(mostly) information about computational biology and very interesting
connections to other gopher servers at NIH, NSF etc. etc.