ITEC 1011 A,B
Week 4 Lab Instructions
Oct 5, 6 2000

From now on most of the labs you will be doing will have questions you are required to answer and submit electronically (i.e., via e-mail) for credit.

News on Netscape Profiles!!

I checked with CNS concerning how to set up Netscape Profiles so that bookmarks and other preferences are saved from session to session. Here is their reply:

        Instructions to configure Netscape to access Roaming Profiles is
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click on Roaming Access.

Steve Klein

Computing Help Services, CNS
T128 Steacie Science
York University
(416)736-5800 / ext. 55800
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Try this out and let me know if you experience any problems.

Very Important Reminder!!

All e-mails that you submit as part of these labs must have the following subject line:
oct8: lastname studentnumber


  1. The date is the date of the lab is the Sunday following the actual lab date.
  2. The date uses the three letter month code, (jan, feb, mar, apr) in LOWER CASE. The use of upper case characters is unacceptable.
  3. Immediately following the month is one or two digits (as appropriate). There is no space between the month and the digits.
  4. Immediately following the digits, is a colon : Again there is no space.
  5. There is one and only one space between the colon and YOUR last name.
  6. Your name shall be typed entirely in lower case. Once again, upper case letters are unacceptable.
  7. There is one and only one space between YOUR last name and YOUR student number.


  1. Learn how to cut and paste from a web page
  2. Learn how to find out about your system configuration
  3. Learn how to find out what version of an application you are using


Apart from introducing you to submitting your lab questions over e-mail, the purpose of this lab is to introduce you to determining what kind of hardware and software your computer is equipped with through Windows.
  1. Download the "lab file" from the web and save it in your personal space.

    1. The list of questions you must answer are in a Notepad file which must be downloaded off the web. You will answer the questions by typing them into the Notepad window (and thus modifying the text file) and then e-mailing it to the TA.
    2. Open the file in Netscape by clicking here.
    3. Click "Edit" on the menu bar on the Netscape window and then click select all.
    4. Click "Edit" on the menu bar and then click "copy"
    5. Launch the Notepad window, click "Edit" on the menu bar and then click "Paste"
    6. Click "File" on the menu bar and then click "save as"
    7. A window, called a dialog box, will open prompting you to enter where you want the file to be stored.
    8. Select "yu###### on 'YORKARTS_Server/Usr/...' (F:)" to store the file in your personal directory (F:).

    9. Type "oct8.txt" for the filename and Click "Save". The Notepad file will then be saved in your personal directory.
    10. Keep the Notepad window open throughout the lab and answer the first three questions by typing the answer into the Notepad document. Remember to click "save" often so you don't lose your work in the event of a crash!

  2. Determine the name and version of the operating system on the "lab system"

    Right clicking on any Windows icons usually has the effect of opening up a menu containing either help information or a menu. We will use this to find out the operating system and version of what is running on Acadlabs:

    1. Right click on the "My Computer" icon in the upper left corner of the desktop. Then click on "Properties". A window will open containing system information.

    2. If the operating system information is not already displayed, click on the "general" tab to display it.

    3. The window should display the operating system, version, and available memory. Now you are able answer the questions in the Notepad file. Do that now.
    4. Click "cancel" to close the window.
    5. Remember to click "save" on notepad so you don't lose any work.

    6. Determine the amount of free and used disk space on the lab system.

      Clicking on the "My Computer" icon in the upper left half of the screen will display all the devices attached to the computer. Remember in the last lab we discussed that the (C:) device is the hard disk of the "local machine"--the computer sitting in front of you. We can find out its status in much the same way as above.

      1. Click on "My Computer".
      2. Right-Click on (C:).
      3. Select "Properties".
      4. A window will open displaying the status of the drive (C:). You can use this to answer the questions regarding disk space in the Notepad file.
      5. Click cancel to close the status window.
      6. Remember to save!

    7. Determine the version number of Netscape.

    8.   We have seen how to find the status of devices or icons on the desktop, but what about Windows applications? Most contain an option in the "help" menu called "about..." which gives the application title, license, version, and/or status of the application. We will use this to find the version of Netscape.
      1. In the Netscape window, click "Help" on the menu bar.
      2. Click "About Communicator..." (near the bottom).

      3. The information displayed in the Netscape window will change to display information about Netscape itself. Use this to answer the question about the version of Netscape in the Notepad file.
      4. Click "Back" to go back to what was previously displayed.

    9. Determine the version of Notepad you are using:

      This is similar to as above:

      1. In the Notepad window, click on "help" in the menu bar.

      2. Click on "About Notepad"
      3. A window will open containing the required information.
      4. Click "Ok" to close the window.
      5. Type your answer into Notepad and click "save"

    10. E-mail the lab file to the TA's.

      This requires a bit of explanation:
      to get the file from Notepad into the e-mail program you are going to "copy" the text from Notepad and then "paste" the text into the e-mail window. This is a feature of Windows called Object Linking and Embedding.
      1. Open E-mail (Pine) and start composing a message to "" or to "" depending upon the section in which you are registered.
      2. For the subject put "oct8: lastname studentnumber" (Remember to substitute your last name for the word "lastname"! As well, it is all in lower case.)
      3. Put the cursor in the message text (That is, make sure the cursor is not on a line that says To:, Cc:, Attach:, or Subject:. It should be where you would start writing your message).

      4. Go to the Notepad window and Click "Edit" on the menu bar, and then click "select all". The text should all become highlighted:

      5. Click "Edit" again, and then select "Copy". Nothing should appear to happen.
      6. Go to the E-mail window, click "Edit" on the menu bar, and then click "Paste". The Notepad file will then inserted into the e-mail message. You may type any introduction you want above or below the "=========", and then click CTRL-X to send the message.
      7. Make sure you have saved a copy of the file in your personal directory in case there are any question as to whether you completed the lab or not.

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