|MausNet||The first connect|
|Search engines||Program sections|
Programs in program sections are files uploaded by users of the MAUS which can be downloaded by everyone. At this you have to pay the usual telephone charge, dependent on the distance between you and the MAUS as well as on the modems at the remote and your own one. Each one of these files has a description text besides itself which gives you information about the operating system that is to be used, the kind of the program, the file's legth, the file name and its number of the internal list. Beyound that it is given how long the download of the file will approx. take, how many users have downloaded the file before you and who has uploaded it.
The choice of the file that is to be downloaded works as described below:
After the first connect you have to choose P in the main menu and you will enter the public program section (ÖPT). From here you can either switch to another program section or choose something right now.
For the last mentioned you would choose A for "extended list" and then L for "print out list". As the ÖPT is, in general, very extensive, it is recommended to once download the whole list. For that purpose you have to choose, instead of AL, AE for "extended list" / "receive list (download)". You'll be asked for the protocol to be used - here you should choose Z-Modem as this is the most reliable one which is supported by most of the terminals.
After that you'll be asked for a packer which will be used to pack the list which is, of course, in ASCII format. For Atari users the two formats ZIP or LHarc are recommended as they are very well-known and good unpackers exist. Of course you'll need a unpacker to unpack the list (STZIP and LHarc are downloadable from every MAUS's ÖPT and exist as self-extracting Archivess with the suffix TOS).
When you'll have downloaded the list you should log out for the time being by pressing ! (log out now). The MAUS will then quit the connection by itself and you'll be offline.
While you're searching offline you should pay attention to the fact that programs and files for TOS compatible computers have a "ST TOS" in front of their file name - so you'll always be able to recognize TOS software fast and easily.
If you've found some interesting file after unpacking and searching the list you can download it by either keeping its number in mind (at comparatively new files rather indifficult) or, if you want to be sure, the file name. The numbers' advantage is that they are short and thus easy to keep in mind; the disadvantage that they can possibly change.
If you decided to download the file you simply have to dial the MAUS again. As soon as you're in the public program section again you'll choose E for "Receive (Download)" and choose a protocol - best is Z-Modem.
By now you'll be asked which files you wish. Enter here, behind the colon, the numbers or file names of the files you want seperated by comma - if one of the file names is not clear (e.g. at *CAT*), all possiblities are displayed with a choice of actions. If you have, in comparison to the online time left for you, ordered too many files, the MAUS will try to send as much files as still possible.
April 6, 1999