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    Windows Software Setup Instructions

    Netscape users please note: Current versions of Netscape are built using the Mozilla platform and the setup instructions for SFF Net are therefore essentially identical to the instructions for Mozilla below.

    Mozilla Newsreader Setup
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    IMPORTANT: Mozilla requires you to have an email account before you can use the Newsreader functions. If you have not yet set up an email account, you should do so now. Use the instructions on the Mozilla Email Client page to set up an email client before proceeding here.

    Please have your SFF Net username, password and SFF Net Email address handy (they were included in your original signup confirmation email). You'll need them to complete these instructions.

    1. Start Mozilla and select Window --> Mail & Newsgroups from the menu to bring up the Inbox.

      Bring up Mozilla Inbox

    2. From the Inbox window, select Edit --> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings from the menu to bring up the Account Settings dialog window.

      Bring up Mozilla Account Settings

    3. To start the New Account wizard, click the Add Account button on the Account Settings screen:

      Start the Mozilla New Account Wizard

    4. On the New Account Setup screen, choose the Newsgroup Account option. Your screen should look like this:

      Select Newsgroup account setup

    5. On the Identity screen, type in your name in the Your name box and the email address you want to appear on your newsgroup postings in the Email address box. This is what will appear to other newsgroup readers when you post.

      If you don't want newsgroup users to know your name or email address, you can enter a fake name. This setting is for newsgroup display only, and does not affect Mozilla's ability to send and receive email.

      Your screen should look like this:

      Enter the identity you want others to see on the newsgroups

    6. Enter news.sff.net in the Server Name: box on the Server Information screen.

      Enter the news server name

    7. Pick the name you want to use for the News account - you may just want to accept the default.

      Enter the news account name

    8. Review your entries thus far, and click Finish. We're almost done, so hang in there.

      Review your entries

    9. To successfully login to SFF Net, you'll need to tell Mozilla how to connect and log in with your SFF Net username and password. Use Edit --> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings from the menu to bring up the Account Settings screen again.

      Bring up Mozilla Account Settings

      In the list box on the left side, highlight the Server Settings entry for news.sff.net (make sure you're NOT looking at the Server Settings for any other listed account).

      • Change the entry in the Port: box from 119 to 1119. If you don't make this change, Mozilla will not be able to contact the news.sff.net server.

      • Make sure the Always request authentication when connecting to this server checkbox is checked.

      Make sure the screen looks like this before proceeding (especially the items flagged with the red arrows):

      Change news server port and authentication settings

      That's it! You're all set to access the newsgroups. Close all the account settings dialog boxes so you're back at the main Mozilla window.

    10. First thing you'll want to do is subscribe to some newsgroups on the SFF Net server. To this, highlight the news.sff.net folder in the Folders pane on the left side of the page. Click the Manage newsgroup subscriptions icon in the Newsgroups section of the main pane:

      Manage your newsgroup subscriptions

      You'll be prompted for your SFF Net username (this is NOT your SFF Net email address!) and your password. Click the box to have Password Manager remember your information, if you wish.

      Enter your SFF Net username    and your password

    11. Click the Refresh button on the Subscribe screen to obtain a current list of newsgroups from the SFF Net server.

      Expand the list of newsgroups by clicking on the plus sign(s). Select all the newsgroups you wish to subscribe to and then click the button. We strongly recommend you at least subscribe to the sff.admin.announce and sff.admin.help-desk groups, since these will give you important information about system status and technical assistance with SFF Net.

      Subscribe to newsgroups

    12. That's it! You'll now see headers of messages from your selected newsgroups when you highlight the group name in the Folders pane on the left side of the screen. Further information on using the newsreader can be found in the Mozilla online help. Happy browsing!


Mozilla IRC (ChatZilla) Setup
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Mozilla includes an IRC client you can use to connect to the SFF Net Chat (IRC) server to chat with people from around the world. (Note, ChatZilla is not included in current versions of Netscape) Here's how to configure it to connect to the server:

  1. Start Mozilla and open the ChatZilla window by selecting Window -> IRC Chat from the main menu.

    Open the ChatZilla Window

  2. Open the Preferences dialog window by selecting Edit -> Preferences from the ChatZilla menu.

    Pull up the Preferences dialog

  3. Use the main ChatZilla preferences page to enter the following information:
    • Enter a nickname to use on the chat server. This is the name other users will see when you're chatting.
    • Enter a username to use on the server. You can use any name you'd like here (it's used to log into advanced features like nickserv).
    • Enter a description. This is one of the items people will see if they check out your user properties while connected.

    Enter your display names

  4. Highlight the Startup item in the Category list and click the Add button in the Autoconnect servers... section.

    Add a server to the autoconnect section

  5. Enter irc.sff.net in the Connect to a server or network field. Then put a check mark in the Also connect to the... checkbox and enter #lobby in the channel field. Make sure your screen looks like this before proceeding:

    Enter irc.sff.net as your server

    Click OK to accept the new server.

  6. Close ChatZilla.

  7. Re-open ChatZilla from the Mozilla Menu. This will cause ChatZilla to autoconnect to the SFF Net Chat server and connect you to the #lobby chatroom, which is where most folks congregate when they first visit the server.

    Enter irc.sff.net as your server

    You'll notice the #lobby tab towards the bottom of the screen is highlighted. This means you're looking at the #lobby. The other users are listed on the left side of the screen and what people are saying will appear in the main pane of the screen.

    When you want to say something, just type in the blank box at the bottom of the screen. That's it - you're chatting! If you need more help, just ask and someone in the room will probably be happy to help.

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