Help with Windows Help with the Internet  
What does that Term Mean? Keeping Up with What's New General Reference
Miscellaneous Topics Telephone / E-mail Help Numbers
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Finding People On The 'Net

 

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Alamo PC Bookstore

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Some Related Links On The Internet And Some Helpful Hints

Finding out more about e-mail

* A Brief E-Mail Primer
* A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email
The name says it all. Everything from netiquette to smilies and signatures

E-Mail discussion lists

* Directory of Scholarly Electronic Conferences
A searchable index of scholarly lists, published by the Association of Research Libraries
* The Genealogy Home Page
* Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
 

E-mail software and Internet Service Providers (ISP's)

* The List
Internet.com's The List™ is the definitive buyer's guide to Internet Service Providers--those companies that provide access to the Internet.
* ISP Finder
ISPs, Internet glossary, and checklist
* Online Connection
ISP reviews, news, profiles, and resources
* QUEST Home Page (Eudora)
* Modems, Cable Modems, DSL, and ISDN
 

Mail file formats

You might get mail attachments that are encoded using UUencode/decode, binhex or MIME. 
Here are some pointers on how to translate them.
* Common Internet File Formats
An excellent chart that explains how to handle different file formats that you will encounter on the Internet. It contains links to the software you will need to uncompress files.
* Mime FAQ
Frequently asked questions about MIME encoding; technical, but good in a crunch
 

How to find people on the Internet

* WhoWhere?
* Nedsite The Ultimate People Finder Website
* Internet Address Finder
About 4 million Internet addresses in a searchable database
* PeopleSite The Online Search Community
 

Search for e-mail addresses

How do you find your brother's Internet address? The easiest way is to call him up and ask him. Trust us. There is no central repository of Internet addresses. It may come in the future, but it isn't here yet.

There are several World Wide Web sites that do maintain massive databases. These are called White Pages Services. Most appear to have two ways of gathering names:
 

  • People submit their own names and e-mail addresses. They are usually offered the option of posting other information about themselves. If this is the case, they are given a password so no one else can tamper with their personal data.

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  • They have automated programs that troll through the Internet collecting e-mail addresses that are publicly posted. Most of the addresses they gather come from people who have posted to newsgroups or subscribed to mailing lists.


Here are some White Pages Directories:
 

  • Bigfoot: E-mail directory, white and yellow pages, plus numerous other free services.

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  • The Yahoo! People Finder has a street address and phone number directory as well as e-mail addresses.

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  • Internet Address Finder claims to have more than four million listings.

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  • PeopleSite The Online Search Community  Search multiple engines simultaneously for e-mail addresses and phone numbers. You can also use the reverse-look-up feature to track down names using phone numbers or e-mail addresses.

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  • Switchboard has a database of more than 90 million people and 10 million businesses and offers both e-mail and street addresses.


If you know more information about a person you have even more options.
 

  • If you know a person's Internet Service Provider but not their e-mail address, you may be able to find them, if the ISP permits use of this application (many don't.) There are several shareware programs available that simplify the process. If you frequently look for people this might be a good application to install. The basic command is something@domain.com

  • Something is as much of the person's name as you know. It you enter Susan, it will return everyone named susan who uses that ISP. domain.com should be the domain name of the ISP.
     
  • If you are looking for a college student or professor, many colleges and universities put their e-mail directories online. Others have standard addressing conventions that make it easy to deduce an e-mail address. Try doing a World Wide Web search for "nameofcollege e-mail directory" or "nameofcollege cwis". CWIS stands for Campus-Wide Information System This technique may also for some large, high-tech companies and government offices, such as IBM or NASA.


A comprehensive list of directories and guides to finding people on the Internet can be found at http://www.december.com/. This includes gopher directories and telnet sites to the internic e-mail database (x.500) plus some college resources. If you want people to be able to find you, check out these resources and make sure your name is included.