CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

Post by Tim Knight » Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:27:47

I am sliding back in time....seems like a safer place to be these
days. I nearly got creamed by a housewife in a SUV and a cell phone
on her ear when she ran a red light and missed this old soldier by the
skin of his ass..........

Anyway, I am trying to learn how to telnet and not offend too many
sysops of bbs's and such........and I need a good book (primer) to get
me started. Such a book needs to show me all the terminology so when
I get all the questions (such as what kind of terminal are you using)
I can make a stab at answering them.

Anybody have any suggestions......(by the way, I am using my beloved
N40 to do this so it is only semi-OT)

CT the Telnetter

CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

Post by William R. » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 01:54:47


Oh, don't get me started. That is one of my favorite subjects to rant
about, typically right after it happens.

I'm not aware of such a volume, but telnet is pretty straightforward.
Anyone operating providing access to a service over telnet will (or
"should") outline the rules and requirements you need to keep in mind.

Your telnet program may be able to try and determine what type of
terminal it should emulate. If you have to specify it manually, the
service operator should be able to tell you what you need to select,
or you can just try various terminal types until you get one that
works. The nice thing about picking terminal types is that if you get
it wrong, there won't be any lasting harm done. The screen will just
look wrong and keystrokes may not work as you expect them to.

Since you're doing this on the N40, I'd look at the man page for
telnet to see what your options are, and what the program's
capabilities are.

Remember: Telnet is *not* a secure protocol by itself. Everything that
goes out over a telnet session goes in clear text that anyone could
read. If you connect to a service that uses a password, it should be



CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

Post by Tim Knight » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 03:33:37

Thank you William.......you have given me enough to have the courage
to jump in and get my feet wet.....


CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

Post by Cheer » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 09:01:14

Hi Tim

most use SSH now days for secure communication over the internet

Putty is a very good program to start with and available in different
flavors and is free.

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CT needs a good book (OT/CT)

Post by Tim Knight » Sun, 21 Dec 2008 09:19:10

Hi Cheers.

Thank you.......I have used Putty many times to connect a Windows
machine to an AIX machine, but I have never used it on the internet (I
didn't know you could).....

I will give it a *** y go tomorrow....I had a date with a shovel
today and am pretty tired. Now I know why they call shovels "idiot
sticks"........they are a stick with a blade on one end, and an idiot
on the other :-)

Thanks again......

CT the Enlightened