The Scout Report - August 11, 1995

August 11, 1995

A Service to the Internet Community
Provided by the Info Scout and the InterNIC

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators, the InterNIC's primary audience. However everyone is welcome to subscribe to one of the mailing lists (plain text or HTML) or visit the Web version of the Scout Report on the InterNIC server:

Additional information and detailed access and subscription instructions are included at the end of each Scout Report.

Highlights In This Week's Report:

World Wide Web:


  • The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a non-profit organization which provides information on state government issues to both the legislators and the public. CSG is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to foster excellence in state government. Founded on the premise that the states are the best sources of insight and innovation, CSG provides a network for identifying and sharing ideas with state leaders. The gopher server provides information about CSG and innovative state programs plus links to state legislative gopher servers and federal gophers.
    [Note: Originally reviewed as a gopher site; gopher site has been replaced by web site.]
  • Voice of America Chinese radio scripts are now available on their gopher server. The Chinese texts are character-encoded according to the Chinese national standard (Guo Biao) and you must have software that recognizes Guo Biao characters installed on your browser, word-processor or other application program in order to read this text. Also see the Voice of America (VOA) News and English Broadcast Wire Service and the Worldnet television schedules and satellite downlink information. VOA Internet audio files are available in Sun AU format and Microsoft 8 bit and 16 bit WAVE format.
    gopher to:

Electronic Mailing Lists

  • send email to:
    in the body of the message type: subscribe
    • The main purpose of GENTECH is to exchange information among concerned scientists, activists of grassroot groups and other organizations about the impacts of genetic engineering to environment and society. As there are several other lists and newsgroups backing scientists in biotechnology with academic information the focal point of GENTECH is to provide information and support for individuals and organizations whose are not necessarily familiar with biotechnological terms. The topics for discussion on GENTECH may include among others: food produced by genetic engineering (novel food); releases of GMO's (genetic manipulated organisms); genetic diagnosis in medicine and eugenic tendencies.
      send email to:
      in the body of the message type: subscribe
      • MEDIALIB has been formed to discuss issues surrounding audiovisual/media services in library. It serves, primarily, library professionals and paraprofessionals who provide media services in public, academic, and special libraries. These issues include the selection, acquisition, and cataloging of media software, purchase and maintenance of audiovisual equipment, distance education, instructional media production, film and video distribution, etc. The list is open and unmoderated.
        send mail to: LISTSERV@CFRVM.CFR.USF.EDU
        in the body of the message type:
        SUBSCRIBE MEDIALIB yourfirstname yourlastname


      • Netscape Communications released its first offering of public stock last week, but if you were planning to get in early you're already too late. The initial plan to release 3.5 million shares at $11 was raised to 5 million shares at $28 but they all went to insiders. On opening day the demand was as high as 100,000,000 according to one broker who called Netscape the "rookie of the year." After 45 minutes on the market the price was $74.75. By the end of trading on Friday 8/11 it had settled at $52. All this before the company has earned a profit. A daily graph of Netscape stock on the most recent trading day is available at: For more information and some quotes see Webster at:
      • NETSURFER TOOLS is a new e-zine bringing news about online technology to technical professionals and others interested in keeping current on network tools. The majority of the information is about the Web with a sprinkle of related utilities. Also available via email in either plain text or text with HTML versions.
        send email to:
        in the body of the message type: subscribe nstools-text
        or subscribe nstools-html

      Weekend Scouting

      About the Scout Report

      The Scout Report is a weekly publication offered by the InterNIC to the Internet community as a fast, convenient way to stay informed about network activities. Its purpose is to combine in one place selected new (and newly-discovered) Internet resources.

      A wide range of topics are included in the Report with an emphasis on resources thought to be of interest to the InterNIC's primary audience, the research and education community. Each resource has been verified for substantial content and accessibility within a day of the release of the Report.

      The Scout Report is provided in multiple formats -- mailing lists for both a plain text and HTML version, and World Wide Web. The World Wide Web version of the Report includes links to all listed resources. The report is released every weekend.

      In addition to the plain text version, the Scout Report is distributed in HTML format allowing sites to post the Scout Report on local WorldWideWeb servers each week. The result is faster access for local users. You are welcome and encouraged to re-post and re-distribute the report. Note that copyright statements appear on all versions of the Scout Report, and we ask that these be included when re-posting or re-distributing.

      If you haven't yet subscribed or told your friends and colleagues, now is the time. Spread the news by word-of-net. Join 20,000 of your colleagues already using the Scout Report as a painless tool for tracking what's new on the 'Net!

      Comments and contributions to the Scout Report are encouraged and can be sent to

      -- Susan Calcari
      InterNIC Info Scout

      Scout Report Access Methods

      • To receive the electronic mail version of the Scout Report each Friday, join the scout-report mailing list. You will receive one message a week -- the Scout Report every weekend.

        send email to: in the body of the message, type:

        subscribe scout-report
        to unsubscribe to the list, repeat this procedure substituting the word "unsubscribe" for subscribe.
        • To receive the Scout Report in HTML format for local posting, subscribe to the scout-report-html mailing list, used exclusively to distribute the Scout Report in HTML format once a week.

          send mail to: in the body of the message, type:

          subscribe scout-report-html

          Resource Addressing Conventions

          After each resource in the Scout Report one or more network addresses are listed. Every attempt is made to use the same convention in each listing for the network address of each resource. It is assumed that users recognize the type of address and know how to use it. However, for those users unfamiliar with the Internet we provide here the order in which addresses are listed (by network tool.) A brief explanation of one tool, WWW is included below.

          The four network tools referenced most often in the Scout Report are World Wide Web, gopher, email, and FTP. Occasionally WAIS and Telnet addresses are also listed.

          After each resource at least one address is listed, and sometimes more. This is because some resources are available using multiple network tools. The network tool addresses are always listed in the same order after each resource:

          • World Wide Web (WWW)
          • Gopher
          • FTP
          • Email
          • Telnet
          • WAIS
          A WWW address is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and always begins with a string of characters followed by a colon and two forward slashes. For example:


          To access the resource through the WWW you can use a WWW browser installed on your desktop computer, or a "command-line" WWW client on your local Internet host computer. Web browsers are available for all major computer platforms, including Macintosh, PC, and UNIX. Check with your local support center or your Internet Service Provider for more information about Web browsers.

          Copyright Susan Calcari, 1995.

          Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of the Scout Report provided the copyright notice, this permission notice, and the two paragraphs below are preserved on all copies.

          The InterNIC provides information about the Internet and the resources on the Internet to the US research and education community under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation: NCR-9218742. The Government has certain rights in this material.

          Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, AT&T, or Network Solutions, Inc.