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   Telnet and Pine
   Yep.  We got some.
Howdy, y'all, and greetings once again from the beautiful city of
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the midpoint of the emperor penguin's annual
migratory route.  :P
I have some good news: barring any unforeseen circumstances, your
fearless bus driver now has a masters degree in educational technology
from Pepperdine University.  WOO-HOO!  You heard right, folks: I ARE A
COLLEGE GRADUATE!  [And I done learned me some good English, too.]
It took me 13 years to get my bachelors degree and 13 months to get my
masters.  Anyone know of a good 13 week PhD program?
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On with the show ...
Over the past couple of weeks we have talked about easy ways you can
check your email remotely.  AOL users can go to 
from any Web-enabled browser in the world and simply log in.  People
who use Eudora, Outlook, Pegasus Mail, or any other POP-3 email client
can pretty much do the same thing as AOL users by going to .
Fellow TOURBUS rider Greg King offers a third way that you can check
your email when you are on the road: telnet.  While not as user-
friendly as AOL's or Web2Mail's interface, telnet remains an essential
Internet tool, especially for experienced netizens.
This is some pretty complicated stuff, but since TOURBUS riders are
both smarter and better looking than everyone else, I thought y'all
would like to have this for your archives.
Telnet - Pine
Telnet (which can be used as a noun or a verb) is another very useful
way to check your e-mail when you are away from home.  It uses an
internet technology that is as old as the internet itself, before the
World Wide Web evolved.  It has advantages over Mail2Web, WebMail,
MollyMail and other third party web-based e-mail interface programs in
that there is no third party involved at all -- you connect DIRECTLY
from your local computer at or away from home to your ISP's server;
you're not dependent on the continued existence of these 3rd parties
and you don't have to pay any fees, as you would with MollyMail.
Every Windows-based computer has Microsoft's telnet client already
included on the system, but it usually isn't listed on the Start -->
Programs menu.  In Windows 98 you can find it at:
and in Windows NT it's usually found at:
If you can't find it there, use
     Start --> Find --> Files or Folders ... --> Named: telnet.exe
When you find your telnet program, you can right-click on the program
and create a shortcut to it on your desktop.  Windows telnet has a
good help system and you can learn how to use it in very little time.
Another Windows-based telnet client with a few more features than
Microsoft's telnet.exe is Hilgreave's HyperTerminal Private Edition.
This is an upgraded version of Hilgraeve's basic HyperTerminal program
that comes with Windows 98: the Private Edition version can also
function as a telnet client in addition to its basic function as a
terminal communications program.  Under Help Topics, read "Using
HyperTerminal as a telnet client".  You can download HyperTermial Private
Edition 6.3 for free from: .
Most Linux distributions should come with a telnet client for X-
Windows in addition to the basic command-line Unix-like telnet program
in text-based mode.  [Mac users can download a free telnet client from
NCSA at ]
To be able to use telnet to check your email when you are away from
your computer, three things need to happen:
     1. You need to be connected to the Internet from some computer;
     2. Your Internet Service Provider's computers need to be set up
        so that you can connect to them using telnet; and
     3. You need to know the telnet address of your ISP.
In other words, to use telnet you must have an Internet connection and
you must know the telnet address for your ISP's server.  The best way
to find out if your ISP offers telnet access is to call your ISP and
ask them.  Telnet addresses usually take the form of
"", or "", or ""
or something similar.  Your ISP's telnet address may also be in the
form of an IP address with four numbers separated by dots; for
example, "" is the telnet IP address of the server at
the University of Vermont.
Once you have your ISP's telnet address, fire up your telnet program
and key in the address.  This should connect you to your ISP.  You
then have to login using your username and password.  This usually
gets you to either a menu-based program that your ISP has set up or
the Unix prompt (which frequently will be a "$" sign) in your home
What next?  You could type the word "mail," but that's not a good
idea.  The command-line Unix program "mail" is cumbersome and cryptic
to use.  Hopefully your ISP has a program called Pine installed on
their servers.  To load Pine, just type "pine" and then hit enter.
Pine is an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use menu-based program developed
by the University of Washington that is in wide-spread use on Unix-
based systems.  It has many of the features of POP3 mail clients such
as Eudora and Outlook, but with the limitations of being a text-based
program working on your ISP's server instead of your home computer.
It is also very configurable and has an address book.  It has an
excellent built-in help system so you can learn as you go, or you can
consult the Pine Information Center: .
There is an excellent tutorial on their site: 
as well as an FAQ: 
If your ISP does not have Pine installed, you should strongly
encourage them to do so.  Direct them to the Pine Information Center
above, and also to the download site at .
Once you have finished reading your mail in Pine, quit the program and
then type "logout" or "exit" to drop your telnet connection.  You can
also click on "Disconnect" from the Microsoft telnet program's Connect
menu, or from HyperTerminal PE's Call menu.
Since telnet is a small program that does not use much CPU resources,
using telnet to access Pine is ideal when you're accessing the
internet from small hand-held devices which function more efficiently
in text mode.
That's it for today.  That's probably more information you or the
average Tourbus reader wants to know, but the Telnet - Pine option
should at least be mentioned as alternatives to 3rd-party services.
I hope this wasn't too complicated.  :P
By the way, if you know of any headhunters or companies in Los Angeles
(or, even better, Irvine, California) looking to hire a recent
Pepperdine alumnus, drop me a line.  As much as I love Alabama, recent
events have convinced me that it is time for me to leave this state
( ).
Don't get me wrong: I still love Alabama.  I just think it is time for
me to see other states.  :P
   Telnet and Pine
   Yep.  We got some.
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