Assignment 0    Due in 1 week (preferably 2 days).

Some of this will be very confusing if you are new to this. Don't let it scare you.
Get help in the lab.

Go to the Lab and get your UNIX account.  They will give you:
1. Your username (account id) which is probably your initials followed by a
part of your last name.
2. Your temporary password, which you will change.
Sign and return part of the sheet.

Get a UNIX computer.
The screen may be dark. Press the RETURN key till it lights up. At the
login prompt, type in your
user name:
login: username 

At the password prompt, type in your temporary password (UNIX is case sensitive):
password: temporary_password
When you login for this first time, you will be asked to change your password. 
Hopefully you will have thought of a good password before you get to the Atrium.
It must be between 6 and 8 characters long, and it should have at least 2 characters
that are letters and at least 2 characters that are not letters. The letters in the
password should not be a name or a word in any language. It should be something you
can remember without writing it down because you should not write the password down
anywhere! Type in your old password (the temporary one) and your new password twice
(to make sure you don't make a mistake). It will then log you off automatically and
tell you to come back after it has updated the password. This may take between 5 minutes
and an hour. Try again at 6, 26 and 46 minutes after the hour.
 Get a different machine when you login the second time. Give your username and the
 password you selected (which you can change at any time by using the passwd command).

You need to change the permissions in your account. Type the following:
chmod 711 .    (note the period)
mkdir public_html
chmod  755  public_html

 At the shell prompt  type
    $ atrium90> openwin
    $ atrium90> firefox&

Using the browser, go to acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny (or acc4).
Choose Atrium Sun Guide. Click on Table of Contents.
Read at least General Information, Editing and OpenWindows.
(Print them and the table of contents).
Come back and read the rest soon and then again in a few weeks.

Send an e-mail to yourself.
Read it.

Assignment 0: Using Pico (or vi), edit a file that includes your name, user_id,
preferred e-mail address and phone number. List all previous and current
Computer Science courses, the term and the name of the instructor
(if you took it in Brooklyn College) or the name of the school.
(optional: your grade).

What is your computer experience?
Why are you taking this course?
What do you hope to learn? Please be specific. You will help me decide what to teach.

Save your file.
Print the file and hand it in.
Using pine ( or UNIX mail), mail the file (not as an attachment, but include it in the
body using r in pine) to
subject: submitting assignment 0 your_name
When you do it correctly, you will get an acknowledgement e-mail.
Read it using pine.

Join the class mailing list.
Send a plaintext message to
Leave the subject blank.
In the body put: subscribe cis3my3
If you'd rather get your email somewhere else,
     also put: subscribe cis3emq6 your_email_address
You'll get  welcoming e-mails.
Read them.
Now you can send email to:
Everyone in the class will get it. You will help each other.
Probably, a classmate will see your question before I do.

In the near future:
Using Paint or another application of your choice,
create a small(default size or about 2"x2") graphic and save it
as a .gif file. You will post it on your web page.