Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 08:14:40 -0500
From: Bob Rankin 
To: Multiple recipients of list TOURBUS 
Subject: TOURBUS - Dec. 7, 1995 - The Vicarious Netizen

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Hi - we've been been kind of web-heavy lately, so this issue is going
to be totally e-mail friendly.  I know that many TOURBUS riders (scattered
around the globe in over 90 countries) live in places where high-speed
dedicated connections are still a distant dream.

But even with a 2400 baud modem on a creaking PC you don't have to miss
out on all the great stuff floating around in cyberspace!  That's why I
thought I'd mention that the long-awaited

                Accessing the Internet by E-Mail
         Doctor Bob's Guide to Offline Internet Access
                   5th Edition - December 1995 here.  (Those of you who have been holding your breath may now sigh
deeply and resume your usual skin color.)

You can access almost any Internet resource using e-mail.  Maybe you've
heard of FTP, Gopher, Archie, Veronica, Finger, Usenet, Whois, Netfind,
WAIS, and the World-Wide Web but thought they were out of your reach
because you don't have a direct connection.

Not so!  You can do all this and more with simple e-mail commands, and
all the details are available in this free guide.

Finding the Latest Version

Version 5.01 is now available from several automated mail servers.
To get your copy, send e-mail to one of the addresses below.

To: (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: (for Europe, Asia, etc.)
Enter only this line in the BODY of the note:

send lis-iis e-access-inet.txt

You can also get the file by anonymous FTP at one of these sites:

   get pub/usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email
   get pub/lists/lis-iis/files/e-access-inet.txt

The ACCMAIL Discussion List

If you'd like to keep up with the latest updates and announcements of
new versions, send the command:

   SUBSCRIBE ACCMAIL Firstname Lastname

in the BODY of a message to the address "LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM".  In
fact, the ACCMAIL list is a great place to ask any questions you have about
this guide.  You're likely to get a quicker response from one of the list
subscribers, because I get several hundred messages per week and it's
hard to keep up with my correspondence.  (Right now I've got over 150
messages in my "must handle" queue.)  Maybe someday I'll figure out a way
to keep e-mail from running my life.  :-)

Not Quite Baskin-Robbins, but...

Several readers have graciously volunteered to translate the text into
languages other than English.  The list below shows the 20 "flavors"
currently available.

   Catalanian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Farsi/Persian,
   French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,
   Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish

To request a copy of one of the translations, send e-mail to
"" with "send list" in the SUBJECT line (not the BODY
of the note).  You'll get a list of files and complete instructions.

Good Enough To Eat

Here's a sample of the goodies listed in the "Accessing" document.  If
you want all the good stuff (a 62KB file) get your own copy using the
instructions above.

* An Executable ASCII Decoder!
  An ASCII version of the UUDECODE.COM program is available for DOS users.
  This is a rare exception to the rule that executable files must be encoded
  to survive e-mail transmission.  You can receive it via e-mail and execute
  it "as is".  To get a copy, send e-mail to with
  Subject: send  (must be lowercase).

* SEARCHING FOR USENET NEWSGROUPS - Don't know the name of the newsgroup?
  To search for Usenet groups about "pets", for example, send e-mail to with this line in the message BODY:

  You can get the daily "Value of Foreign Currencies" chart from the Federal
  Reserve Bank in New York City by sending this line to
  send gopher://

  For a list of Internet Service Providers in your area code, send this line
  to send (???=your area code)
  You can also search by State or Country names.  ie:


Let's Link!

Got a web page?  Let the world know you're riding the TOURBUS, and we'll
return the favor.  If you put a link to the TOURBUS Home Page (see address
below), we'll add a link to your page from the "Home Pages of TourBus
Riders" section!

TOURBUS is the 4th most popular LISTSERV list on the Net.  For details,
check out "".  (Note: These figures are a
month old and only reflect the direct subscribers to the list.)

Cool E-Mail Address Of The Week

A new feature!  You think your e-mail address is long?  Try to get this
one on your business card...


"Could you repeat that again, sir?"

  SUBSCRIBE  : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Firstname Lastname
  Web Site   :
               (stop in for back issues and the logo contest)
  Advertising: E-mail w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES

     TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin
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     Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to get on the Bus!

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