Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture Support

Getting Started with E-Mail


This handout describes

Part One -- Create Your E-Mail Account Using Authorize


1) Before you start, you need to have three things on hand.

- A current code for the electronic locks on the doors to the DCL.
- Your Social Security number.
- Your Duck Call access number.

2) Enter the Design Computing Lab and sit down at an available Macintosh computer.

3) Use Authorize to create your individual e-mail account. This account will "live on" one of the central campus Unix computers, but you can access it comfortably from almost any networked Macintosh.

1. In the main directory window of the Macintosh hard disk, find the Communications folder. Double-click on the folder to open it.

2. Find the NCSA Telnet Folder and double-click on it to open it.


3. Inside the folder you'll see the application NCSA Telnet, and several settings files. Don't click on anything yet!

Telnet is a standard for a kind of terminal emulation software that connects to a host computer over a network. It gives you a very basic command-line text-oriented interface for the remote machine.

With NCSA Telnet in particular, which remote computer you will connect to is controlled by which settings file you open. Therefore, to connect to Authorize, double-click on the "authorize" settings file for the NCSA Telnet 2.6 application.

The NCSA Telnet application should start up, open a terminal window titled "Authorize", and connect you to the Authorize computer.

4. The remote computer will ask you for a user name to log onto it. Type:

authorize [return]

5. The Authorize software will give you some questions to answer. Read the rest of this section of this handout, and then answer the questions.
If you're an undergraduate, you should establish your account on "gladstone", and if you're a graduate student, your account should be established on "darkwing".

You'll need to decide what your personal username will be. Consider this carefully, because this username will be your e-mail name for as long as you are at the University of Oregon. You should use either your first initial and last name (jhancock), or your first and middle initial and last name (jahancock).

If the name you wish to use is already taken, you will be prompted for a unique username. (Jane and John Hancock can't both have a username of jhancock).

You will be asked to set a password. You will have to change this password in the next step, so don't use your favorite secret code just yet.

6. When you're done, quit Authorize and then use the File menu Quit command to quit from NCSA Telnet.

7. Congratulations! You should now have an e-mail account. In the next section, we'll put the account to use. However, the Authorize program may take several hours to activate your program. Take an extended break now, before attempting the next step.

Part Two -- Reset Your Account Password Using Telnet

4) Because of the way the Computing Center has set up the account creation process, the first time your use your account, you will need to give it a new password. Since you can't change your password from within the mail browser application, you'll need to log in with Telnet first.

1. Open the NCSA Telnet Folder, in the Communications folder.


2. Inside the folder you'll see the application NCSA Telnet, and several settings files. Double-click on the appropriate settings files to start up Telnet and connect to your Unix host computer. (Undergraduates, double-click on the 'gladstone' settings, and if you're a graduate student, double-click on the 'darkwing' settings.)

3. When the Telnet terminal window appears, you will be prompted for your username. Enter it, and type return.

4. Now you will probably be asked to give your temporary password, and then a new password, which will be your real password for a long time, until it too expires and you have to log in again to update it. Be careful choosing your real password. A good password is easy to remember, but hard to guess. Letters and numbers combined are a good approach.

5. When you have finshed the steps for resettin your password, you will be logged onto the Unix host computer. You can just quit Telnet at this point, using the File menu Quit command. You'll get a warning about closing active sessions, but just say OK -- closing them is what you want to do.

Part Three -- Use Your Account to Send E-Mail


5) Now your new account should be all ready, and you can use POPmail/Lab to send and read mail with it. POPmail is a simple mail program that runs on the Mac, and send and receives mail by communicating with the central Unix computers invisibly over the network. (For these purposes, you can think of the central Unix computer simply as mail a server.)

1. In the Communications folder, open the POPmail Folder, and double-click on the POPmail/Lab application icon to start up the program.

2. A dialog box will appear for you to log in with:


Fill in the fields. Be sure to enter your complete e-mail address, in the form

Graduate Students:

When the fields are full, click OK. The POPmail window will appear.


3. If you're doing this in an Architecture 222 orientation session, create an e-mail message to the GTF leading your orientation. (Otherwise, send the test e-mail to a friend of yours.) Click the New icon to start the message. This opens up a new Message Sender window.


4. Be sure to fill in the To: field, the Subject:, and type your message in the large field. Then also click on the Cc: ("carbon copy") radio button, and enter your own e-mail address. This way you will get a copy of your own message, confirming for you that it was sent successfully. (You don't need to do this 'cc' part always--it's just part of this tutorial.)

When the message is complete, click the Post icon to actually send the message. The Message Sender window will go away, or you can click on the Msgs icon to go back to the main POPmail window.

5. In the main window, click on the Fetch icon to tell POPmail to get the list of your mail from the mail server. Then double-click on any message in the list to read that message.

6. To round out the basic functions:

7. And that's about it. Go out and communicate! For more help with e-mail, see your GTF or contact the AAA Computer Support staff:

Tom Pargeter
AAA Computing Support
MS Mail: Pargeter, Tom
Office: M283A Lawrence Hall

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