Accessing The PUB
can be accessed using various client programs
through the Internet. Note that access to
The PUB is only granted to members of the Ottawa
PC Users' Group.
There are a number
of client programs that may be used to access The
PUB. All aspects of The PUB may be accessed
through a standard web browser. The conference
areas, file areas, and on-line chat may be
accessed through a Telnet client (a Telnet client
that supports file transfers is required
to handle file transfers). If you just need
access to conference areas, you can use any news
reader software that supports the NNTP protocol.
You can also have messages posted to the
conference area delivered right to your personal
email address by using the listserver. If you
just need to do private email, you can use a POP3
client to download private messages addressed to
your PUB email address. If you only need file
transfers, you can use an FTP client.
Creating a New
thing you need to do is create an account on The
PUB. The simplest way is to follow these
- use a web
browser and point to http://opcug.ca/public/private.htm
- press the
button "Create Your Account".
Follow the prompts. After the first
screen, you will be prompted to log on
using the credentials you just used. You
will then be prompted for a few more
pieces of information and then taken to
the main PUB screen.
- Choose the
option to go to the conference areas.
- Select the
option "Create New"
- In the
"Create new message" screen,
address the message to Sysop
and add an appropriate subject line, such
as account upgrade request.
In the body of the message, indicate you
are a member and would like your account
upgraded. Include your snail mail address
and membership number (if known). Make
sure the Conference
section reads 0 - Private
e-mail. Scroll down to the
bottom and click the Send Message
membership has been verified - normally within 24
hours - your account will be upgraded and you
will have full access to all areas of The PUB.
If you prefer, once you have created your
account using the first two bullet points above,
you can send the request to have your account
upgraded from your normal email account.
Simply send the request to . Be sure to indicate the
precise account name you created on The PUB.
All services on The PUB are available through a
web browser. Simply point your browser to the
main OPCUG public web page at http://opcug.ca and click the Log
Web link in the left frame. For
more information on using the web interface, see
the article beginning on page 6 of the
November 2003 issue of the Ottawa PC
News Reader Access
You can use a news reader to access conference
areas on The PUB. Configure your news reader to
point to opcug.ca. You must configure your news
reader to log on using your PUB credentials. For
more information on using a news reader to access
The PUB, see the article beginning on page 5 of
the December 2003 issue of the Ottawa PC
3. Listserver Access
To have messages that are posted to various
conference areas delivered right to your normal
email address, send an e-mail message to and in the body
of the email, put the single line of text: get
help and send the message. Within
a few minutes, you will get a reply message with
instructions on how to use the listserver.
Everyone on The PUB has an Internet email address
in the form FirstName.LastName@opcug.ca (note the period between
FirstName and LastName). If you would like to
actively use this email address, you are welcome
to. All such emails flow in and out of Conference
Area 0 - Private email. In addition, if
you want, you can pick up messages addressed to
you in conference area 0 with a POP3 mail client
such as Outlook, Thunderbird, or Eudora.
Configure your POP3 client to use your OPCUG
email address. For the POP3 server,
use opcug.ca. For the SMTP server, use your
Internet Service Provider's SMTP server. Please
only configure a POP3 client to go to The PUB if
you intend to actively use your PUB email
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