Internet FAQs: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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By Margaret Levine Young and John R. Levine.
October 1995, 400 pages, US$19.99. C$26.99, £18.99, ISBN 1-56884-476-X.

What's a FAQ? A Frequently Asked Question, and when it comes to the Internet, there are plenty of them! This book contains hundreds of your questions about the Internet, with answers by Margy and John. It's a great book -- the authors use it all the time!


  • Page 38, FAQ 3-9: Change "news://" to "news:". The newsgroup has the URL "".
  • Page 69, FAQ 5-13: At the end of the page add "or look at this Web site:". It's a list of freenets around the world.
  • Page 115, FAQ 8-7: To finger someone from Eudora, choose Window, then Ph.
  • Page 142, FAQ 9-19: The Phone Company, which provided an all-volunteer e-mail-to-fax service, doesn't do so any more. A number of Internet sites are fax servers, that is, they accept e-mail messages and send them as faxes. Some fax servers are free, but only send faxes to limited areas -- it makes sense, since to send a fax long distance, the fax server would rack up a serious phone bill. Other fax servers charge you for sending the fax, including the cost of phone call.
    Here are the URLs or e-mail addresses of a bunch of commercial fax servers:
    Elvis: For information, send e-mail to In the body of the message, say "help" on the first line and "english" on the second line. (If you forget to specify English, you'll get help in Russian, because Elvis is in Russia.)
  • Page 192, WWW by mail: The servers listed in the book have gone away. Fortunately, there's a new one.
    To get a Web page via e-mail, send a message to (yes, it's in Germany). In the text of the message, enter the following command:
    get URL
    Replace URL with the URL of the Web page that you want, For example, to get the Internet For Dummies Central Web page, you can send this message:
    It doesn't matter what you put in the subject line, because the mail server program that receives your message ignores the subject line. You receive the specified Web page, without graphics, sound, or other jazzy stuff, by return e-mail. If you don't want the page to include HTML commands, add the option "-t" after the get command in your e-mail message.
    Another address that will e-mail you a Web page is Peter Flynn in Ireland, at In the text of the message, type "GO URL". For example, to get the IDG Books home page, you'd type
    You get the Web page back as an e-mail attachment.
  • Page 339, FAQ 21-11: SimTel is now at Also check out WinSite at


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