Artificial Life Online
Chris G. Langton
cgl at santafe.edu
Fri Mar 25 15:53:50 EST 1994
ARTIFICIAL LIFE ONLINE
The Artificial Life Online WWW-Server and BBS Service
The Santa Fe Institute
The Artificial Life Online/BBS is intended to be a central
information collection and distribution site on the Internet
for any and all aspects of the Artificial Life endeavor. The
system is sponsored by MIT Press and the Santa Fe Institute.
The Alife Online service combines the functionalities of a
WWW server, a Gopher server, an FTP site, an interactive
bulletin-board-system, and Usenet News. Directions for accessing
Alife Online and the ALBBS in these different modes are included
A special feature is a collection of 40 or so local newsgroups
dedicated to a wide variety of topics in Artificial Life.
Many of the files and resources here are available to everybody
via Gopher and WWW. However, to access the full range of BBS
services, it is necessary to come in using telnet and to create a
local account. This will allow you to participate in the local Alife
newsgroup discussions, and to set up personal information files
such as a plan, project, HTML personal home page, etc.
To access Alife Online via World-Wide-Web (WWW):
Use the URL http://alife.santafe.edu/
For best results we suggest using a client capable of
handling color graphics and forms, such as Mosaic.
A character-based (ASCII) client called "lynx" is also
available -- but will not support graphics.
To access the Alife Online BBS (ALBBS) via telnet:
telnet to "alife.santafe.edu" and login as "bbs". You
will find yourself in a specially constructed UNIX
shell within which either BBS menu commands or UNIX
commands can be used to browse around in the system.
To set up a local account, telnet to "alife.santafe.edu"
login as "bbs," and run the "account" program. These
accounts will initially be provided free of charge, but
we will eventually have to charge a nominal fee in order
to cover operating expenses (on the order of $15-$25 per
year). Subscribers to the Artificial Life Journal from
MIT Press will have this fee waived.
Once you have an account on alife.santafe.edu, you can
telnet to "alife.santafe.edu" and login as yourself.
You do not have to create an account to use the ALBBS via
telnet - you can simply login as "bbs" and browse through
the system using the BBS commands.
To access the www features in the context of a character
based client, telnet to alife.santafe.edu and login to the
BBS as "lynx".
To access Artificial Life Online using Gopher:
Connect to alife.santafe.edu (standard gopher port 70).
To access Artificial Life Online via FTP:
ftp to alife.santafe.edu, login as "anonymous" and
type your login at homesite as the password.
Everything interesting is in the "pub" directory.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions or
questions about the Alife Online/BBS system.
Send Email to:
feedback at alife.santafe.edu
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