This is a brief introduction to using e-mail at Eastern. All Eastern students have free e-mail; just sign up in the Computer Center (basement of Inlow Hall).
All e-mail at Eastern passes through the "Emily" computer. When e-mail arrives for you, it waits there; when you send mail it first goes to Emily which then redirects it to its destination.There are two different ways to handle your e-mail:
This page discusses option #2. Why use elm instead of a cute point-and-click interface? Keeping your mail account on a central computer means that you can use any mac or pc on the campus network, or call into Emily from home or dorm using a modem, and get and send mail the same way. Do keep in mind that you're communicating with another computer when you use elm---in particular, it doesn't know anything about your mouse!
At the login prompt type your user name and password, and you will be logged-in. You will often see a message from the operators, and you may see a message about new or old mail.
After reading a message, you can delete it, reply to it, or save it. These choices are not exclusive; you could reply and then delete, for instance. Saving automatically marks a message for deletion, since you've just saved a copy of it.
You will then be asked for the subject, and if you want to send copies to anyone. I personally like to keep copies of most of the mail I send, so I send a copy to myself by putting my own user-id here.
The Pico editor is pretty straight-forward: type and your letters go in, press the delete key and letters go away. Other options are listed at the bottom. Remember that a command listed as ^F means "control-F", and that the editor (running on the unix computer) doesn't know anything about your mouse.
When you're through typing, type ^X to exit the editor. You now get a final menu letting you send the mail, re-edit the text, or edit the header (i.e. the to:, subject:, and cc: fields).
After the mail is sent, you will be returned to the main menu, from which you can read more mail, quit, etc.
>Hey Dude, > This is some real cool stuff, eh? >--Meso no one gets confused about who said what.
By default, elm will make a file with the name of the sender of the mail and put that file in a folder called Mail. (You need to know this to read your saved mail--see Reading saved mail.) If you've previously saved mail from this person, the new mail is appended (added to the end) of the file. When you read this file, elm will keep the individual messages separated.
When you type s, elm will suggest a name at the bottom (i.e. =snarba if your mail was sent by Arnold Snarb). You can just hit <return> if that name's okay, and a copy is saved. The original message is marked for deletion (see Deleting mail).
Elm will behave quite normally, but the list of messages you see is not your new or unsaved messages, but just the ones in this mailbox.
You should now see the unix prompt ("$"). Type the "end-of-transmission" code ^D, and you will be disconnected. Telnet will show this by changing the title of the window to (Emily) or closing the window completely. You can now quit Telnet (and ignore the message about open windows).
Have any comments, bug reports, additions, or suggestions?
Please feel free to leave me a quick email message (email@example.com).