Bluecoat Software & Fonts

The aim of this page is to assemble links to both information and software that can help Bluecoaters to retrieve, submit, and publish reports. In the future this page could also host software written by Bluecoaters.

Contents

  • How to retrieve a report
  • How to submit a report, illustration, or software
  • Fonts you can use in your reports
  • Useful web links for writing reports
  • Links dealing with viruses and network security

    How to retrieve a report

    Reading a report from Internet usually involves three steps :
  • Downloading (with your web browser most of the time),
  • Decompression (sometimes your web browser will do that for you, somtimes you'll need separate software),
  • Viewing or printing (and you might need specific viewing software).

    Most reports available on the web are stored in either Acrobat PDF or PostScript format. You can usually recognise the files from their filename suffix (.pdf for Acrobat and .ps for PostScript).
    Currently, the advantage of Acrobat is that free viewers are widespread and easy to install on most computers. You can also find viewing software on other ftp sites closer to you.
    See Acrobat Tutorial and Yahoo -> Acrobat.

    The PostScript format can be sent directly to a PostScript printer but viewers are less common. Nevertheless, most publishing software can output PostScript so the format is widespread.
    See Internet PostScript Resources and Yahoo -> PostScript.

    Unfortunately, such files are quite bulky so they usually are compressed. There are numerous data compression and decompression programs with different (and sometimes proprietary) methods. It requires some expertise to determine how a file was encoded by looking at an extra trailing suffix (for example .sit, .gz, .zip, etc...).
    See "What is this .xxx file type?" from the Compression FAQ to know more and obtain software.

    How to submit a report, illustration, or software

    If you do not have your own web page on a dedicated server, Bluecoat can host your report, illustration (jpeg or gif formats), or software on http://www.bluecoat.org. There are two ways to submit your work electronically. You can either submit it by e-mail to a member of the Bluecoat Staff or upload it by anonymous FTP (File Transfer Protocol) using file transfer software. E-mail submission requires file compression and encoding. FTP submission does not require encoding but can take some time to transfer to the destination host due to Internet load.

    E-mail submission entails :

  • Compression using preferably gzip or zip (see .gz and .zip paragraphs from the Compression FAQ.
  • Encoding is a step required so that a binary file (contents look like garbage if you try viewing it with your editor) such as compressed data can work its way through the computers which will forward your e-mail to destination. Some e-mail programs can do the encoding (encoding formats: BinHex, MIME, or UUencoding) for you. For example Netscape's mail interface automatically performs MIME encoding when using Attach. If your e-mail software won't do the encoding for you then use UUencoding software such as wncode for Windows, UUlite for Mac or BinHex (all systems).
  • Sending a plain text file with Abstract or Table of Contents with keywords for archiving. Please specify whether you want your report to be in the public or password-protected directory.

    FTP submission entails :

  • Compression using preferably gzip or zip (see .gz and .zip paragraphs from the Compression FAQ.
  • Compressed file anonymous upload to bluecoat.eurocontrol.fr using FTP software (Windows Winsock or Fetch for Mac). To connect anonymously to a server you must Login as "anonymous" and provide (invisibly) your e-mail address as password. Change to directory "incoming". "Put" the file in "Binary" or "Raw Data" mode.
  • Sending mail to <bluecoat-webmaster@bluecoat.eurocontol.fr>. Also send a plain text file with Abstract or Table of Contents with keywords for archiving. Please specify whether you want your report to be in the public or password-protected directory.

    Fonts you can use in your reports

    Please recommend us some good fonts, why and where you use them in your reports, etc...

    Mark and Traci Ingram recommend their Letter Gothic font for printing computer output. You can download Mac and IBM-compatible versions.

    Many more fonts are available on the net:
    O'Reilly's Internet Font Archive

    Useful web links for writing reports

    Reference
    Writing tools
    Hypertext Webster Interface
    Project Gutenberg Thesaurus
    Online Searchable Dictionaries
    Project Report Style
    Collected Advice on Research and Writing
    The Human-Languages Page
    Libraries
    WWW Virtual Library: Subject Catalogue
    Melvyl search using web form or telnet
    A list of Virtual Libraries on the Web

    Links dealing with viruses and network security

    Viruses
    Virus Bulletin Home Page
    List of viruses in the wild
    AVP Virus Encyclopedia
    alt.comp.virus FAQs
    Virus list info & FAQs
    Newsgroups : comp.virus
    Network Security
    ISS ftp server (FAQs, advisories, papers, tools,...)
    ISS Vulnerability Database
    Larry Glaze's System and Network Security Links
    Tezcat's Network/Computer Security Technology page
    National Security Institute
    Newsgroups : comp.security.announce, alt.security, comp.security.unix, comp.os.ms-windows.nt.admin.security, comp.os.netware.security


    Thomas Netter <tnetter_@_lnb.cnrs-mrs.fr>
    Last modified: Fri Jul 16 17:15:11 1999