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The Cutting Edge: Computing / Technology / Innovation : POSTCARDS FROM CYBERSPACE : Latest Proof of Cybercitizenship Is ‘HyperText Home Page’ Address

If you think having your electronic mail address on your business card is sufficient proof of cybercitizenship, you might have to think again. The latest cachet in cyberspace-aware business cards is having an “http home page” address for people to access.

The ubiquitous e-mail address is only good for sending or receiving electronic messages. But the http home page address, otherwise known as HyperText Transport Protocol, is a good way of letting others get information about you or your company.

There are several ways to browse http home pages if you don’t have Mosaic or aren’t directly connected to the Internet. If you have Lynx, you can simply type lynx at the prompt, then type g followed by the http address you want. Be warned: Some http home page addresses are quite lengthy, and must be typed exactly as shown, including correct use of upper- and lower-case letters. For example, type g, space, https://info.cern.ch/hypertext/ DataSources/WWW/Servers.html for a geographic guide to thousands of home pages to browse.

If you don’t have a direct Internet connection to your machine, it’s difficult to set up a homepage address. But some entrepreneurs have begun offering complete home page service on their own machines for companies and individuals who can’t set one up themselves. To see a good example of this kind of service, type g https://www.internet-is.com/ from within Lynx.

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For alternate access to a World Wide Web browser, you can use the Telnet service. Type telnet fatty.law.cornell.edu and then type www at the log-in prompt. This will start up the Lynx browser program, which you can use to navigate home pages.

Here is a selected list of http home pages:

* https://www.scubed.com:8001/caltrans/transnet.html (updated traffic reports)

* https://smaug.ucr.edu/Quakes/quakepage.html (current earthquake information)

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* https://www.acns.nwu.edu/internet/bdgtti/(Big Dummy’s Guide to the Internet)

A list of new California sites is available at https://www.llnl.gov/ ptools/california.servers.htmlca.new and is updated every few days.


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