This FAQ is currently posted to comp.answers, news.answers and comp.robotics. All posts to news.answers are archived and are available via a variety of means.
This faq is now available at comp.robotics FAQ
OSU has a very useful site for all the usenet FAQs: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/FAQ-List.html
The WorldWideWeb (W3 or WWW) is the universe of network-accessible information, an initiative started at CERN, now with many participants. It has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. W3 uses hypertext and multimedia techniques to make the web easy for anyone to roam, browse, and contribute to. Future evolution of W3 is coordinated by the W3 Organization. The W3 has grown into an extraordinary means of finding information about organizations, people, companies, products and many, many other things. Many browsers have been developed to search the net. Some of the most popular are Mosaic, MacWeb and Netscape.
The following is a general introduction to the WWW: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html If you have electronic mail, then it possible (though slow!) to get W3 information by mail. try sending a mail to email@example.com with a line in it saying just HELP to get back instructions. Your mail system must have a mail gateway onto internet mail. You might have to take the internet address above and ask your friendly system manager how to convert it into the equivalent mail address on the system you are using.
The comp.robotics FAQ can be found at:
Archives of comp.robotics and many AI-related newsgroups can now be found in appropriate subdirectories of ftp://ftp.cs.cmu.edu:/user/ai/pubs/news/ or more directly for comp.robotics at: ftp://ftp.cs.cmu.edu/user/ai/pubs/news/comp.robotics/0.html
Each of these newsgroups is being automatically archived on a weekly basis. For example, the gzipped tar file 94_10_08.tgz in the comp.lang.lisp/ subdirectory contains all articles that appeared in the comp.lang.lisp newsgroup during the previous week. Links to these archives also exist in many of the topical directories of the CMU AI Repository (e.g., /user/ai/lang/lisp/news/ contains links to Lisp-related newsgroups). The archives for most of the newsgroups start with articles appearing on 23-JUL-94. Comments and suggestions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following site, newsgroup_archives.html indexes not only the CMU AI archives of newsgroups, but over a hundred other publicly-accessible sites.
Another archive location is: ftp://wilma.cs.brown.edu/pub/comp.robotics/ In addition to the FTP archive maintained at wilma.cs.brown.edu, there are a couple of other mechanisms available:
Or, more conveniently, on the www at OSU FAQ-List.html
See the Microcontroller section of the FAQ for several other FAQs on a variety of microcontrollers.
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