I'm a ruby newbie.  (great language!)

I'm using ruby to automate some tasks I have and would like to
use it to fetch a file from a password protected web page (i.e. when
I type the url into the web browser, it responds with a
Username/Password
popup which I must fillin BEFORE it shows me the page).

I looked through THE book and didn't see anything that seemed
relevant.

Is there a way to do this in ruby?  What did I miss?


Thanks,

Neil