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Suggestions for TCP/IP applications and download sites

By Dr. Raj Mehta

Unlike shell or Terminal account where all the software and resources for the Internet are provided for by VSNL, for TCP/IP account once connected to the Internet through VSNL, they only provide you with the bandwidth. All other hardware and software to do anything has to be your own. Once you have fast enough processor (say Pentium), large enough memory (about 16 MB RAM), large enough hard disk (say about 1 GB) and fast enough modem (28.8Kbps) then all you need is software on your computer explore the Internet. Following are suggestions for some of the software that you may want and where to get them free from the Internet. We include suggestions for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

For Windows following are the client applications you may want to have:

  • Browsers: Presently there are two main browsers to consider-Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Both of them are good and each of them have their own following. Take your pick or have both.
    Client Software :Netscape Navigator ver. 3.0
    site: http://www.netscape.com
    Client Software: Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.02
    site: http://www.microsoft.com
  • E-mail programs: Many programs are available. But most popular seems to be Eudora. Eudoralight is a freeware.
    Client Softeare: Eudoralight 3.0.1 for Windows
    site: http://www.eudora.com/eudoralight
  • Newsreader for Usenet: Newsgroups are now available at VSNL at nnttp server 202.54.1.25. Again there are many newsreaders one of popular ones is Free Agent again a freeware:
    Client Software: Free Agent V1.11
    site: http://www.forteinc.com/forte/
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP): One of the popular client for FTP is WS_FTP. The name of the file is ws_ftp.zip. This is also a freeware:
    Client Software: Ws_ftp.zip
    site: ftp://ftp.simtel.net
    site: ftp://ftp.cdrom.com
  • Gopher software: Gopher is generally not a popular service on the Internet but has lot of information pre WWW era. One client software WSGopher is quite an adequate one:
    Client Software: WSGopher v1.1
    site: ftp://ftp.simtel.net
    site: ftp://ftp.cdrom.com
  • Inter Relay Chat (IRC): There are two popular freeware clients for this service of Internet: mIRC and WSIRC.
    Client Software: mIRC ver5.02
    Client Software: WSIRC ver2.0
    site: ftp://ftp.simtel.net
    site: ftp://ftp.cdrom.com
  • Telnet Software: Ewan is a good freeware for Telnet client.
    Client Software: ewan1052.zip
    site: ftp://ftp.simtel.net
    site: ftp://ftp.cdrom.com
    Important Note: To obtain most of freeware and shareware we very strongly recommend you point your browser to either of the following two sites: Advantage in doing so is that when you search and find the software at either of these sites, then just click on the search results and it will take to listing of download sites. Once you are there you can click on file and it will come to your computer. Where as if you go to the sites mentioned above you will have to maneuver to the folder to download the software.
  • Collaborating Software: If you want to know if any of your friends are online connected via TCP/IP access like you, or have real time chat with them, or transfer a file or pass a URL to them then you need collaborating software. There are many such software. But we have found ICQ by Mirabilis to be most versatile. Client Software: icq98a122.exe
    site http: http://www.mirabilis.com
    site http: http://www.download.com/PC/Result/Download/0,21,0-47485,00.html
  • Controlling your computer over Internet: Suppose you wanted to control your computer remotely over the Internet then this is a very good software which works across platform. Virtual Network Computing is very effective and simple software to accomplish this.
    Client Software: vnc-3_3_1r13_x86_win32.zip
    site: http:// http://www.orl.co.uk/vnc/download.htm

For Macintosh users following are the client applications you may want to have:

  • Browsers: Presently there are two main browsers to consider-Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Both of them are good and each of them have their own following. Take your pick or have both.
    Client Software: Netscape Navigator
    site: http://www.netscape.com

    Client Software: Microsoft Internet Explorer
    site: http://www.microsoft.com

  • E-mail programs: Many programs are available. But most popular seems to be Eudora. Eudoralight is a freeware.
    Client Softeare: Eudoralight 3.1 for Macintosh
    site: http://www.eudora.com/eudoralight
  • Newsreader for Usenet: Newsgroups are now available at VSNL at nnttp server 202.54.1.25. Again there are many newsreaders one of popular ones is Newswatcher again a freeware:
    Client Software: newswatcher2.0.sit.hqz.gz
    site: ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/packages/mac-umich/util/comm/usenet/
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP): One of the popular client for FTP is Fetch. This is also a freeware:
    Client Software: fetch-3.0.3.sit.hqx
    site: http://www.shareware.com
    On the above site search for fetch for Macintosh platform. You will get a long list of items and one of them will be the above mentioned program.
  • Gopher software: Gopher is generally not a popular service on the Internet but has lot of information pre WWW era. One client software Turbogopher is quite an adequate one:
    Client Software: TurboGopher2.0.3.sea
    site: gopher://boombox.micro.umn.edu:70/hh/gopher/Macintosh-TurboGopher
  • Inter Relay Chat (IRC): There are two popular freeware clients for this service of Internet: mIRCle and WSIRC.
    Client Software: mIRCle
    Client Software: WSIRC 0
    site: ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/computing/comms/irc/clients/macintosh/
  • Telnet Software: NCSA Telnet is a good freeware for Telnet client.
    Client Software: NCSA Telnet
    site: ftp://micros.hensa.ac.uk/micros/mac/finder/j/j164/j164ncsa.hqx
    Important Note: Please note that the author is not familiar with Mac platform and has not used it. He has surfed the net to get these suggestions for the client software. If you use any of these clients your feedback to the author will be much appreciated.


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