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[Last updated on: Tue May 21 0:31:10 1996] Welcome to the unicycling mailing
list on winternet.com. Please save this message somewhere for future reference.
This message first describes the mailing list and how to use it. Then it
describes the World Wide Web’s Unicycling Home Page (including the Unicycling
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ] and answers) and how to use the WWW.
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Feel free to introduce yourself to the list. Let us know who you are and what
your unicycling interests are. You may wish to participate in the Unicycle
Challenge, where you can write and send us an interesting or humorous story,
poem, article, book, or just a short paragraph about unicycling.
A story that is usually very interesting is how and why you became interested in
unicycling. Another describes your experience of learning to ride a unicycle;
include details that are unique to your learning experience. Tell us of a
unicycling experience that you recall from time to time; just sit down in from
of our keyboard and let them flow into it so, the rest of us can enjoy your
We keep a roster of members on the Web page and FTP directory, but we only
include those who specifically ask to be on it. Let me know if you want to be on
the list. Entries are something like this:
Name: Beirne Konarski E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Birthdate: 1959 Location:
Cuyahoga Falls, OH Occupation: Systems Analyst Hobbies: Boomerang, tin whistle,
cross-country skiing WWW: …
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Unicycling Home Page
If you use mosaic or other WWW viewers you can reach the Unicycling home page at
URL http://www.unicycling.org/. This will give you ftp access, a hypertext FAQ,
and unicycling animation piece, and more.
If you have a World Wide Web(WWW) browser such as Mosaic or Lynx you will want
to use it to access the home page. If not, though, you can still get to it using
e-mail; the access will just be a bit slower. You can get everything that is in
it: text, pictures, and animation.
What is the WWW?
The WWW is away of linking together information spanning the Internet. People
will put together documents called “pages” that can reference their or other
people’s pages, graphics, animations, or sounds. When someone uses one of these
pages, they will see text, perhaps accompanied by pictures. Some of the text
will be highlighted. The user can move the cursor to the highlighted text and
hit Enter or click the mouse. They will then see whatever the page author wishes
to connect to the highlighted words.
What is a URL?
URL stands for Universal Resource Locator. It is an address for anything you can
reference on the WWW. An example is
http means that this is a web page, www.unicycling.org is the Internet node, and
usa/ is sufficient to find the USA, Inc. page on the machine. Other URL’s may
start with ftp or other things.
E-Mail version of the Web
The e-mail version of the WWW is more like a term paper with footnotes. Items
with references elsewhere have a number by them, and you can look up the numbers
at the end of the document to find the URL. The advantage over a research paper
is that all you have to do is get the URL; you don’t have to figure out if you
have the book or magazine.
How to do something useful on the WWW with e-mail
If all this discussion seems obscure, try getting the unicycle home page. To do
this, send e-mail to
in the body of the message. Soon you will get back a copy of the home page. Here
is an excerpt:
How to ride a unicycle Here you can read several different ways to learn to
ride the unicycle.
Fun things to try with your unicycle Now that you have learned to ride,
here are some more things to do.
Games to play on the unicycle Learn about unicycle hockey and find out how
to compete in unicycle meets.
Roster of unicyclists Find other unicyclists in your area. Includes e-mail
addresses and home pages when available.
If you want to look at the roster of unicyclists, then look up  in the
list at the end of the document and use the URL to request the list. You can
keep doing this until you have had enough links. If you get a binary file,
like a GIF, the file will be uuencoded, so you will need a uudecode program
to work with it.
There are some fine points to all of this, like working with URL’s that start
with “ftp:” and end in “.html”, but I’ll assume that by the time you worry about
that you are ready for more comprehensive documentation. You can then check the
“How to use WWW via e-mail and TELNET” document which I mailed out earlier to
the unicycling list, or you can get it by sending the following message to
mail email@example.com source ftp://pip.SHSU.Edu/pub/MaasInfo/HowWWW.txt
Anyway, welcome again to the group. Please don’t be shy about submitting