Computer Science Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Once you have opened your CSA account, you need to learn to use
email right away, if you do not already know how.
Why Should I Check My Email Regularly?
Throughout this course, Email will be used to send you important
class announcements about cancelled sections, possible assignment
extensions, etc. If you'd like to know about such things, you should
plan to log on to your CSA account every day or two to check for any
class email. NOTE: Since these announcements will only be
going to your CSA email address, they will not show up in
email on your ACS account, if you have one. Later in this class, you
will learn how to consolidate all your email messages in a single
What Program Should I Use to Read/Send Email?
There are many types of email software available to choose from, and
you may use any one you like as long as it allows you to read and send
email messages. Your choices include popular email programs: Pine and
Elm (on our Unix Machines) and Eudora (on your Mac or PC). If you
don't have a preference, then I would like to suggest using Netscape's
Email Management capabilities.
- Pine is a very easy to use Email management software. You
will find a good description and demonstration of it in
the Internet Essentials [IE] optional textbook, pages 16-33.
- Elm is another easy to use Email management software. A rather
complete description of it can be
found in the Office of Information Technology's free handout
``Using the Elm Electronic Mail Program''. You can pick this up in
the large main terminal room in the basement of 111 Cummington Street at
the Consulting Services Help Desk.
- Netscape allows the integration of "Surfing the Web", "Reading of
Newsgroups", and "Email Management" in a single applications. There
are many other similar programs (including Microsoft's Internet
Explorer) that allow for the same basic functionalities. To set up
Netscape so that it could retreive your email and send email on your
behalf, you must "configure" it first. The configuration of Netscape
allows the software to find out where your incoming mailbox
is and who (i.e. which SMTP mailer demon) will handle your
outgoing mail. Details on how to do so have been discussed in class
and are available on the web through the supplementary readings page
for the course.
Created on: 1997.09.02
Updated on: 1997.09.10
Maintainer: Azer Bestavros