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/// The InterNet via Email
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    by Robert Niles


Those of you that only have email access to the InterNet might feel a bit
limited at times on what you can do. In reality, you have more options
than you think. Last week we talked about how to use FTPmail, a system 
in which you can easily get files, even if you only have an InterNet 
email account. This week we'll talk about using InterNIC's WHOIS
(Netfind).


What is Netfind? 

There are various ways in which to find someone's email address. You know
of a friend that has an address, but whatever it is, you have forgotten.

One way is to use InterNIC's WHOIS program. InterNIC keeps a listing of
users on the InterNet who have registered with NIC. InterNIC doesn't only
keep a database of users on the net, it also keeps site and organization
information as well.

How do I use it?

Quite easily! All you have to do is send a message to 
mailserv@rs.internic.net, and on the subject line enter: WHOIS username
Where the username is the username of the person in which you want
information on. Also username can be substituted with an organization
name such as "itm.com".

Example:

To: mailserv@rs.internic.net
Subject: whois rniles

Additional "whois" commands can be placed within the message body, but no
message body is needed to process the request. The mailserver processes 
email requests at least once a day and will send the information you
requested to your email address.

Of course the easiest way to find someone's email address is to simply call
them up and ask them, but if that is not an option try the above.

Next week we'll talk about how to use Archie via the internet.