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Law Library News for April 12, 1999

Linda Kawaguchi, editor

Law Library News Archive


Take Your Kids to Work

by Nancy McMurrer

Calling all parents: students, faculty, and staff! April is the month that Ms. Foundation has chosen for their celebration of Take Your Daughter to Work. Here at the law school, we have expanded their idea to include girls and boys, and moved the date to Wednesday, April 14, to coincide with the spring breaks of many local K-12 schools.

Our program this year consists of two classes. Bring your children to the Library's second floor by the central elevators promptly at 9:30 for the start of class. We will be taking a look at some of the Library's more unusual collections, then will go to Room 101 for a short discussion on evidence. The next class will also meet in Room 101, so the kids can just stay there.

The next class will explore trial work. What sort of preparation must a lawyer make if he or she has a case that goes to trial? What would it be like to participate in a trial? Suppose Mama Bear and Papa Bear had called the police when they came home to discover Goldilocks asleep in their house? Suppose Goldilocks had been arrested and brought to trial?

We hope your school-age children can join us to experience a bit of what the law and law school are all about. Remember, the program starts at 9:30 in the Library, and you can pick up your children at 11:20 in Room 101.

Pine Tips

by Brandy Whittington, Law Librarianship Intern

Pine is a free e-mail utility originally developed here at the University of Washington. Pine was designed with the novice user in mind, but has many advanced customization features worth investigating.

Attaching Files

In order to send attached files via Pine, the user must first send the intended attachment to his or her account using an FTP utility (File Transfer Protocol), such as WSFTP. When he or she logs into the FTP utility, it usually displays a split screen--one side showing the user the parent directory on Homer or Dante, the other showing the user the local directory on the user's personal computer (for example: C:\Program Files\WS_FTP). In order to find the files that the user intends to send to his account on Homer or Dante, the user must find the directory where the intended attachment resides (remember, in Windows parlance, directories are called "folders"). Using WSFTP, the user can click on the green "up" arrow in the upper left-hand corner to go to the root "C:\" directory.

Once the user has located the intended attachment, he or she can send it to his e-mail account, making sure to send it as an ASCII file if it is a plain text file or an HTML file, or binary if it is an application, WordPerfect or Word document, etc.

Once the file is in the user's parent directory, he or she can attach it to his or her e-mail message in Pine. From the composition window, there is a field labeled "attchmnt." The user can browse his or her parent directory by pressing <control> T while in this field, which takes the user into PILOT, the built-in file manager available in Pine 3.92 and above (PILOT stands for "Pine's Lister of Things.") From there, the user can use the arrow keys to scroll through his or her parent directory to locate the intended attachment. Pine will automatically append the file to the user's e-mail message.

Using Attached Files

The process of reading and using attached files received via e-mail is similar. When an e-mail message with an attachment is received, Pine will indicate that an application is attached. It will prompt the user to type "V" for view, and save the application in the user's parent directory if Pine cannot display it. Pine cannot display any attachment other than ASCII text files. Once the user has saved the file, he or she can use an FTP application to retrieve the application, being careful to save it as a binary file if it is not an ASCII text file or an HTML file. The user will need to note in which directory he or she is saving the application--the default directory is usually the directory where the FTP application resides, but the user can easily select a more appropriate place to put the file.

Organizing Your Mail

Users can save their mail in different folders. If the user has not created any new folders, there should be three default folders in the user's Folder List: the Inbox (where all new messages come); Sent-Mail (where all sent messages are copied and saved; and Saved-Messages (once the user has created his or her own folder, this folder will rarely be used and can be deleted). There may also be a folder called Sent-Mail-<Date>, which is a feature that allows Pine to archive older sent mail.

The user may also choose to create new folders. He or she can create a new folder in several ways, such as when he or she is saving a message. Pine will prompt a user to name a folder during the save; if the folder the user has typed does not exist, Pine will ask the user if he or she wishes to create the new folder. The user may also create a new folder in the folder list, by typing "A" for add.

The user may also sort messages in his or her folders by entering the dollar symbol ($) (<SHIFT>-4) while in the message index. Pine will prompt the user to choose a type of sort for the messages--date, sender, size, ordered subject, etc. This feature allows users to more easily manage a large number of e-mail messages in a given folder.

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