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[Uploaded SEP08] Introduction to the Internet Part 2 - How to Send and Receive Email

By: david.ledgard@tiscali.co.uk

There are now more Emails being sent in the United States than letters, off course letters generally have a great deal more content, and the majority of Emails are probably less than 1Kbyte, as a lot of people use them like a conversation, ping ponging their responces backwards and forwards. You can even send Email to people without computers, you just Email a central computer, that prints a letter and posts it for you, that seems to be going a bit far!

All internet services come with a free Email facility. An Email address is divided into two bits:

your_name@your_service_provider.

The @ means 'at' and was used at the guy who invented Email, couldn't find and other keys on the keyboard that weren't used by something else, and because it looks like 'a'. 'your_name' can be anything, a bick name, or your real name, providing no one else on your service_provider is already using it. For obvious reasons no two Email addresses can be the same. 'your_service_provider' is set by yourservice providers, examples include aol.com, hotmail.com, and msn.com.

The format of the message will be something llike this:

To:
CC:
BCC:
Subject:

Microsoft Windows comes with Messaging facility which sends and recieves Emails. You can write your Emails off-line, then logon to send them, while recieving new ones, and logoff again, thus keeping phone bills to a minimum. You can read the replies at leisure. The updated version of Microsoft Explorer comes with Microsoft Outlook Express, an advanced Email facility which is meant to supersede Windows Messaging, unfortunately, I was unable to configure it properly, and am not only unable to use it, buy can't used Windows Messages, except to recieve Mail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I had to resort to Hotmail, which is a free on-line Email service, which you can logon to on any computer anywhere with your own password. It has the advantage, of allowing you to send and receive attachments i.e. files and data, of up to 1 Meagbyte. I cut down my phone bills a bit, by preparing my Emails in a text editor and using select all, cut, and paste, and the same procedure in reverse to save messages to read later. This has the advantage of allowing me to apply occams razor to my messages, cutting out all the 'goo and dribble', and just leaving the important substance.

Most sites on the internet allow you to send Email to the maintainer, by simply clicking on a link, which will bring up your Email facility, with their address already loaded. The members section in the BAEC Web Site at:

http://members.tripod.com/~baec

lists some members with Email, who don't mind being contacted, along with their experience, and qualifications, so if you have a technical problem, you can ask the most knowledgable member in that area. There is also a list of members offering a buying service, an electronic trading page, details of discounts available to BAEC members, and requests for information.

Anyone wishing to have stuff published on the Web Site, please Email, or post me your data.

Their are also several electronics newsgroups which discuss the following topics:

sci.electronics
sci.electronics.basics
sci.electronics.cad
sci.electronics.components
sci.electronics.design
sci.electronics.equipment
sci.electronics.misc
sci.electronics.repair

You can post technical questions in the appropriate category, or perhaps advertish to buy/sell exotic equipment. Be aware the majority of people on these newsgroups will probably by American, so you might want to put UK at the start of your messages title, when appropriate.
The newsgroups can be found at:

http://www.dejanews.com/bg.xp?level-sci.electronics

the address is also listed in the Links section of the BAEC Web Site.

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