Big dummy's guide to the Internet by Adam Gaffin; Mitch Kapor; Steve Cisler; Electronic Frontier

By Adam Gaffin; Mitch Kapor; Steve Cisler; Electronic Frontier Foundation

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If you type a q without first hitting d, your message is transferred to a file called mbox. This file is where all read, but un−deleted messages go. If you want to leave it in your mailbox for now, type a lowercase x and hit enter. This gets you out of mail without making any changes. The mbox file works a lot like your mailbox. To access it, type mail −f mbox at your host system's command line and hit enter. You'll get a menu identical to the one in your mailbox from which you can read these old messages, delete them or respond to them.

One is known as UUCP and started out with a different addressing system than the rest of the Net. mybuddy The problem for many host sites is that exclamation points (also known as "bangs") now mean something special in the more common systems or "shells" used to operate many Unix computers. This means that addressing mail to such a site (or even responding to a message you received from one) could confuse the poor computer to no end and your message never gets sent out. mybuddy Note that this means you may not be able to respond to such a message by typing a lowercase r −− you may get an error message and you'll have to create a brand−new message.

There are a few. One is that people seem more willing to fly off the handle electronically than in person, or over the phone. Maybe it's because it's so easy to hit r and reply to a message without pausing and reflecting a moment. 4)! There's no online equivalent yet of a return receipt: chances are your message got to where it's going, but there's no absolute way for you to know for sure unless you get a reply from the other person. So now you're ready to send e−mail to other people on the Net.

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