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    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
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++
    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 (directory BIOMCH-L). The gopher server (see
    item 15 in this file) at 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.

    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


    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 (to access the BIOMCH-L archives)



    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.