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yourprompt% telnet flysex.berkeley.edu 2999
On many VAX systems, you might have to do something like this:
yourprompt$ telnet flysex.berkeley.edu/port=2999
Alternately, you might access telnet through a menu choice on one of these systems, in which case you would respond to your telnet prompt like this:
telnet> open flysex.berkeley.edu 2999
It would be somewhat different with a personal computer with a connection to the internet (direct or SLIP/PPP). For example, a Macintosh user running NCSA Telnet could choose 'open session' from the 'file' menu and type the address flysex.berkeley.edu 2999 in the session name field of the dialog box that appears. Consult a friend or the documentation for your software if you need help doing this. Remember though, that if you are logged into some online service over a modem, that you should be using commands appropriate to the kind of system that service runs (eg Unix), not the particular computer you've got connected to it.
You can also use other programs to invoke telnet for you. For example, there is a list of MUDs accessible through a gopher server at the University of Minnesota. You can also invoke telnet over the world-wide web. For example, you can telnet to Mudde Pathetique from this page.