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Dennis Cook, Chris Fraser, Stephen Boyd Gowing, Colin Panisset III
Grant Heinrich, Chris Keane, Iain Sinclair, Ryan Shelswell,
James Wondrasek, Anand Kumria, Chris Wood, Jason Crane,
Paul McLachlan, Matt Estela, Dennis Clark, Eliseo d'Annunzio,
Peter Meric, Andrew Wilson, Carolyn Choy and Piers Johnson
affirm the right to be identified as authors of this work.
First Edition 1993 Programmers' Society. Limited to a single
presentation copy, printed on rice paper and bound in buck-boards.
Given to one editor by another, and then left in a taxi
between UTS and Newtown.
Second Edition July 1993. Third printing late 1993.
Fourth printing and major rewrite March 1994.
Fifth printing and merciless cutting up February 1995.
Second Volume of Fifth Printing June 1995.
Third Edition February 1996.
Authors' Impressions
First Impression Nov. 1992 ...A Good Thing
Second Impression Jan. 1993 ...A Bad Thing
Third Impression Feb. 1993 ...Anything You Say
Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this document for any
non-profit purpose is granted provided the above copyright notices and
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names or the name of the Programmers' Society be used in advertising
or publicity pertaining to the distribution of the document without
specific prior written permission. Neither the Authors nor the
Programmers' Society make any representations about the suitability
of this document for any purpose. It is provided ``as is'', without
express or implied warranty.
The authors and the Programmers' Society disclaim all warranties
with regard to this document including all implied warranties
of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the authors or
the Programmers' Society be liable for any special, indirect or
consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting
from loss of use or data, whether in an action of contract,
negligence or other tortuous action arising out of, or in connection
with, the use or information contained in this document.
UNIX is a trademark.
The X Windows System, X and X11 are registered trademarks of MIT.
``Sun Workstation'' and the Sun logo are trademarks of Sun Microsystems.
Likenesses of Mr Men copyright Roger Hargreaves.
Back cover and ProgSoc logo copyright Iain Sinclair.
PEANUTS comic strips copyright Charles M Schulz.
Thin, unhappy drawings copyright Michael Leunig.
Anatomical line art taken from Gray's Anatomy.
Likenesses of ``the Tick'', sidekick and Oedipus copyright Ben Edlund.
Muppets copyright Disney studios.
The Far Side copyright Gary Larson.
Calvin and Hobbes copyright Bill Watterson.
Wonderful line drawings copyright the Estate of W. Heath Robinson.
Tintin copyright the Estate of Herge & Methuen Books.
`Manners and Modes' copyright D.L.Ghilchik & Punch magazine.

Jenny Edwards for helping with the printing.
John Hughes, for not minding too much.

When swimming, ProgSoc members like to go to another
person's house and fall asleep in the spa.

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Welcome to TFM. This is the fourth edition of the third guide to the School of Computing Science computer systems written by the Programmers' Society. The original edition, the Sun User Guide (1990), was a reasonable first attempt at providing students with the necessary documentation to effectively use the computer systems at UTS. After five complete rewrites and a lot of creative editing, we hope TFM satisfies your want for such information[*].

TFM is edited using Vi and typeset using LaTeX , nobody seems to really know why -- masochism, we expect. But it does mean we can do it instead of assignments, using the Suns of SoCS.

ProgSoc is a special interest group loosely affiliated with the UTS union (we would like to be closer, but they aren't interested unless we're prepared to have a barbecue); it includes current and ex-students and staff of UTS. Our constitution orders us to learn and disseminate knowledge about the programming and application of computers. In particular, being net.junkies ourselves, we are compelled to increase the awareness of information resources available on the bounteous (largely anarchic) Internet. We are also here to provide assistance and, where possible, resources for our members' projects and activities.

In 1994, ProgSoc installed the machine donated by Sun Microsystems, called ftoomsh[*]. The machine is administered and available for use by ProgSoc members.

Last year, we welcomed some of you at orientation. We'll probably do it all again this year. Or to already have done so by the time you read this. We also intended to put this document, TFM onto the Web by converting all its content into HTML. Someone must have wished me[*] luck, because it was done, and may be found at

If you find any part of TFM offensive it is in all probability a joke. You may, of course, complain to us if you want. If you find any of TFM funny, then it is obviously offensive and you're a sick puppy. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Any comments, particularly on TFM, particularly if you're volunteering to help with with the re-write for next year, can be directed via email to, the editor at, or to the writers of each section[*].

Piers Johnson
This year's emboldened ProgSoc Publications Officer[*]
July 1996[*]

  • Contents
  • The Basics
  • Networking Without Business Cards!
  • Timewasting Techniques
  • Lifestyle Section
  • Harder Stuff
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
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