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How to do just about anything by email

Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 12:22:24 -0700
From: Gerald E. Boyd <gboyd@netcom.com>
Subject: NEWS: Monthly Reminder
To: accmail.xx@expita.com (autoresponder address)
 (where \"xx\" is the country as shown below)
Chinese GB (8th Ed.) accmail.gb
Italian (8th Ed.) accmail.it
Dutch (8th Ed.)  accmail.nl
Romanian (8th Ed.) accmail.ro
Farsi (8th Ed.)  accmail.ir
Russian (10th Ed.) accmail.ru
German (9th Ed.) accmail.de
Spanish (8th Ed.) accmail.sp
Hungarian (10th Ed.) accmail.hu
Swedish (9th Ed.) accmail.se
Indonesian (8th Ed.) accmail.id
Urdu (8th Ed.)  accmail.pk
NOTE: Your \"accmail.xx@expita.com\" request MUST be in the ADDRESS line!

The provider of this service is not liable for the contents.

===================== ACCMAIL Monthly Reminder =======================
Last Updated: 20Apr00

This message is intended to inform you what to do before posting 
the mailing list discussing "Accessing the Internet via Email".

============= P U R P O S E =============
This list exists as a forum for communicating news, comments and questions about the FAQ with the same name, written by Gerald E. Boyd This is the place to find out about new versions, ask questions about the current version, make suggestions for additions/deletions, etc. Note: ACCMAIL is a MODERATED list, which means that all postings will be sent to a human for review before being posted to the list. Read the FAQs that are available. ===============================================================
"Accessing The Internet By E-Mail" from Gerald E. Boyd To get the latest edition, send email to one of the addresses below. To: mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu (for US, Canada & South America) Enter only this line in the BODY of the note: send usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email To: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk (for Europe, Asia, etc.) Enter only this line in the BODY of the note: send lis-iis e-access-inet.txt To: gboyd@netcom.com Subject: send accmail.faq Subject: send index (for other language versions and other files) You can also get the file by anonymous FTP at one of these sites: Site: rtfm.mit.edu get pub/usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email Site: ftp.mailbase.ac.uk get pub/lists/lis-iis/files/e-access-inet.txt This document is the standard document about accessing the internet via email. You shouldn't ask questions already covered in this document.

Much of the material in the Accmail FAQ is covered in more detail on the following web pages: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1236/howto1.html http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1236/howto2.html http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1236/howto3.html An up-to-date listing of the email only servers can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1236/servers.html

=========== USENET ===========
To learn about Usenet, Usenet access and newsgroups, Uzi Paz provides a file that is invaluable. If you are unfamiliar with these topics, get this file before sending for other files mentioned in Bob Appleton's document. Send a message to: agora@dna.affrc.go.jp and in the body of the message use ONE of the following: Send a blank message to: ua.txt@wireworm.com (text version) OR Send a blank message to: ua.zip@wireworm.com (zipped and uuencoded) send http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/1131/ua.txt send http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/1131/ua.zip

If your question has something to do with www-search engines like Altavista, Hotbot, etc, or in general fill-out-forms on WWW sites, be sure to read "Accessing the Internet via email - User guide to WWW search engines" by Gerald E. Boyd. This faq covers the access to all major search-engines, there is a document with an introduction (wsintro.faq) and also a document that shows how to "crack" such a form yourself (wscrack.faq). All the files are available as a zip file in wssearch.zip.
Send a message to: agora@dna.affrc.go.jp
and in the body of the message use the following:
send ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/gb/gboyd/wsintro.faq
send ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/gb/gboyd/wscrack.faq
send ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/gb/gboyd/wssearch.zip

======================= JUNOACCMAIL =======================
If you are a Juno mail user, then subscribe to the Juno_accmail mailing lists: TO: juno_accmail-subscribe@egroups.com SUBJECT and BODY leave blank There is also an autoresponder. Send a blank message to: index@junoaccmail.org This will provide you with a list of documents that are available.
================= 4U SERIES =================
"The 4u-series" from Bob Appleton - NO LONGER MAINTAINED These files show in specific detail how to use email to retrieve files, programs and documents from FTP and WWW sites, etc. In other words, how to get just about anything by email. The files are FREE and everything mentioned in them is also FREE. You can now get these files individually or together in zipped format as well as in text format. Substitute the file that you want in place of the XXX in the URL below and add a line for each additional file requested. Files available are: email4u.txt getit4u.txt fun4u.txt pix4u.txt email4u.zip getit4u.zip fun4u.zip pix4u.zip 4useries.zip They are available via an autoresponder. Send a blank message to: 4useries@wireworm.com This will tell you how to get each of the documents. They are the full text, not zipped, so Juno users won't be able to get the email4u file.
Gary Wines has made available the EM_AI contains manuals, tutors, examples for using e-mail only to access the internet known as Accmail. With copy and paste features users can now copy information from the manual right into their e-mail program. For those users who have full internet access, will find the manual useful, using the links in the manual to goto the web sites on the internet. Included in this program are: Updated G.E.Boyd's Everything by E-mail Web Page. Updated the Accessing The Internet By Email Guide. Added information on newsletters and newjours. Added freeware software section. Added the Juno Accmail web site. Added over 10,000 e-mail tag lines. Added Web_by tutor. Copy and Paste. Added A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email. Added a list of over 500 freeware programs. Will run on all platforms of windows. All four files need to be download. Current ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win3/info/emai24a.zip ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win3/info/emai24b.zip ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win3/info/emai24c.zip ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win3/info/emai24d.zip

Mail should have a meaningful subject heading which reflects the content of the message -- it helps others to find messages of interest (and is necessary if you receive a lot of messages per day), and it helps to follow a thread on a particular topic. Non-meaningful subjects are: 1. empty or blank subjects
2. Subject: I need help
3. Subject: A question
4. Subject: Re: ACCMAIL Digest ....
================= OFF - TOPIC =================
Make sure your post isn't off-topic. In particular, this mailing list doesn't deal with topics like: - Do you want to make $$$. - I want to chat with someone. - Hi, I'm new to the list and I want to make friends. - General use of your computer -- instead ask a specific question like is there a FAQ available on modems? - Where do I get this or that software -- instead ask how to retrieve it via email. - Where do I find information on ??? -- instead ask how do I find information concerning ??? via email. - Windows 95/98/NT problems -- instead ask where do I find information regarding a problem (email address, mailing list, web page. etc.)
=================== NETIQUETTE ===================
DON'T include the entire contents of a previous posting in your reply. DO cut mercilessly. Leave just enough to indicate what you're responding to. NEVER include mail headers except maybe the "From:" line. If you can't figure out how to delete lines in your mailer software, paraphrase or type the quoted material in. DON'T SEND A MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS. CAPITALIZED MESSAGES ARE HARDER TO READ THAN LOWER CASE OR MIXED CASE. DO use normal capitalization. Separate your paragraphs with blank lines. Make your message inviting to your potential readers. DON'T send messages with HTML coding or MIME extensions. DO learn how to change your Email program so that it sends only plain text ASCII to the list. Make things easy for the recipient. Many mailers strip header information which includes your return address. In order to ensure that people know who you are, be sure to include a line or two at the end of your message with contact information. You can create this file ahead of time and add it to the end of your messages. (Some mailers do this automatically.) In Internet parlance, this is known as a ".sig" or "signature" file. Your .sig file takes the place of your business card. (And you can have more than one to apply in different circumstances.) If you include a signature keep it short. Rule of thumb is no longer than 4 lines. Remember that many people pay for connectivity by the minute, and the longer your message is, the more they pay. Remember that people with whom you communicate are located across the globe. If you send a message to which you want an immediate response, the person receiving it might be at home asleep when it arrives. Give them a chance to wake up, come to work, and login before assuming the mail didn't arrive or that they don't care. In general, most people who use the Internet don't have time to answer general questions about the Internet and its workings. Don't send unsolicited mail asking for information to people whose names you might have seen on mailing lists (especially *MINE*)

If you wish to receive the digest version of ACCMAIL (that is, all postings combined together and sent out at the end of each day):
Subject: [leave blank]
body of the message SET ACCMAIL DIGEST
If you wish to receive the individual postings to ACCMAIL (that is, each posting as it is approved in a separate message):
Subject: [leave blank]

========= OTHER =========
If you have had good luck with a piece of email software or other software that works well, please inform the list. Likewise, for support and help lines. ACCMAIL uses LISTSERV "topics", which allows people to subscribe to a subset of postings. If you have any postings that are important announcements about new servers, new techniques, etc. please prefix the subject line with NEWS: If you considered all these files and my comments, your post will likely be very welcome on ACCMAIL and everybody will try to help you with your problems.
If not, you're likely to get a short answer referencing one of the files mentioned here, or sometimes no answer at all!
For discussion of this file, I can be reached at gboyd@netcom.com

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