Darwin-L Message Log 5:28 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:28>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Jan  6 12:51:29 1994

Date: Thu, 06 Jan 1994 13:57:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Darwin-L gopher archive now available
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

I am pleased to report that the Darwin-L message logs and other files stored
on the ukanaix computer can now be browsed and retrieved via gopher.  Gopher
software is available at most Internet sites, and it provides a user-friendly
way of navigating around the network.  Assuming you have gopher running on
your local mainframe, just type:

     gopher rjohara.uncg.edu

at the system prompt and you will be magically transported to the new Darwin-L
archive.  If you don't have gopher or don't know whether you do or not you
should contact your local computer center.  Because this gopher archive is
running on my personal computer (a Mac LC) it is possible that the nodename
"rjohara.uncg.edu" may not be recognized my your mainframe, in which case
you can try the numeric version of the address:


which should work just as well.  (For those who don't understand what I mean:
each internet node, such as "iris.uncg.edu" or "ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu", has
a numeric equivalent, say "".  When you gopher or telnet to some
particular node, the computer actually looks up "iris.uncg.edu" in a database
and retrieves the numeric equivalent, and then the computer itself uses the
numeric equivalent to make the connection -- the alphabetic addresses are
for the convenience of the human users.  "rjohara.uncg.edu" is simply the
alphabetic version of ""; if your computer is not able to locate
my machine under the name "rjohara.uncg.edu", try "" instead.)

In addition to the Darwin-L logs and related files, I have gathered together
a number of links to other network sites of interest to historical scientists
and these can also be explored via the Darwin-L gopher.  Among these other
sites are the Smithsonian Natural History Gopher, the Bryn Mawr Reviews, the
United States Geological Survey, the Michigan Classical Archeology Gopher,
and the Harvard and Oxford University Library Catalogs.

Because the Darwin-L gopher does run on my own personal computer (under the
wonderful Gopher Surfer software distributed by the University of Minnesota),
it is very easy to maintain, but it may also more vulnerable to occasional
crashes.  If you have any problems with the archive please let me know and
I will see what I can do.  If you haven't used gopher very much before, you
might want to try it out at your local site for a while before burrowing to
the Darwin-L archive, just so the navigational commands will be familiar.

Bob O'Hara, Darwin-L list owner

Robert J. O'Hara (darwin@iris.uncg.edu)
Center for Critical Inquiry and Department of Biology
100 Foust Building, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 U.S.A.

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