CAN I GET A LIST OF TERMS USED OR AN SDF GLOSSARY? Additional recommended sources: Try 'dict word' and also 'jargon' This is not a comprehensive list of terms used, but it should be enough to get you started if you are a complete neophyte. Keep in mind this is not a dictionary, but a 'glossary' describing how words are used in the scope of the SDF Public Access UNIX System. ACCESS Your membership level, permission settings for a file or your ability to use one or more of SDF's features. ARPA (aka Advanced Research Projects Agency) A lifetime member of the SDF Public Access UNIX System. A permanent member who has paid a $36 initiation fee and has voting privileges. BBOARD The SDF (electronic) Bulletin Board. Think of it as a corkboard at a community center where members post notes with thumb tacks. All system notices are posted on the ANNOUNCE bboard. COM (aka 'COM MODE') An online communication forum where SDF users can interact with each other in real time. DBA DataBase Administrator membership. DISK Your personal data storage and the 60+ disk drives that make up all SDF data storage. Try 'disk' or 'quota' for more info. DNS Domain Name System. This is a method (and network protocol) which allows Domain Name information to propogate throughout the INTERNET. It is important to note that DNS does not provide services such as SMTP (mail), HTTP (web) nor any other service other than announcing WHERE services can be found. EMAIL Electronic MAIL. This can be accessed from the shell using a number of programs (elm, mutt, mailx, mm ..). Your mail is stored in the file: /mail/$LOGNAME FTP File Transfer Protocol. Allows you to send and receive files from a HOST. HOST A computer which provides services to users. To connect to SDF, please use 'tty.freeshell.org' as your HOST. MDNS (Meta DNS) A membership for Dynamic DNS which can be used to point your IP address to $LOGNAME.mdns.org or with your own domain using the DNS membership. (sdf-eu.org uses zdns.org (Zeta DNS)). MetaARPA (Above ARPA) A membership with annual dues of $36. This membership is considered to be 'trusted' and is mostly made up of people who care about SDF very much. In exchange for their dues, they have access to tools and features that could be abused by people who do not care about SDF. POINTER A membership for VHOST members who wish to point an additional domain to their VHOST membership space. POP3 Post Office Protocol Version 3. A protocol that allows an SDF member to transfer their mail from SDF to their computer. Also see VPM and IMAP. TELNET Telephone Network. TELNET is a protol which allows you to run a terminal session on a remote computer. This can become convoluded easily by running a remote TELNET client to open a session on another remote host to open another remote TELNET session to your local computer. (See the TELNET song by Guy L. Steele for more info). Basically, TELNET is a protocol for remote ACCESS to a (HOST) computer. URL Uniform Resource Locator. Mainly used to express a 'web site address', is also used to express protocol. Ex: gopher://sdf.org SDF's Gopher Address http://sdf.org SDF's WWW Address ftp://sdf.org SDF's FTP address telnet://sdf.org SDF's TELNET address URL on SDF mainly refers to the 'vanity URL' that you assign to your 'website'. You do this via the 'mkhomepg -a' command. VHOST A Virtual HOST. A membership that allows an ARPA member to Virtually HOST a domain name on SDF particularly for the purpose of serving webpages and receiving EMAIL. VHOST includes the DBA, VPM and DNS memberships. VPM Virtual POP3 Mail. A membership that allows an ARPA member to manage mail files for his/her domain name or an SDF vanity URL.