Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
You can get some information about Internet sites using the Whois database maintained at the DDN NIC at Network Solutions, Inc. To use the DDN NIC (Defense Data Network, Network Information Center), Telnet to nic.ddn.mil and type Whois at the login: prompt. The Whois database lists many Internet sites, but does not include every site and organization on the Internet. Type host followed by the company name to search. Type help at the whois prompt for information on using Whois.
Here's an example. Is Apple computer on the Internet? Whois says so:
Whois: apple Apple Computer (APPLE) [No rolemailbox] Hostname: APPLE.COM Address: 188.8.131.52 System: VAX-8650 running UNIX Coordinator: Fair, Erik E. (EF16) FAIR@APPLE.COM domain server Record last updated on 12-Apr-89.You can also try asking on the Usenet newsgroup news.config, or reading the newsgroup comp.mail.maps, where maps of the Usenet and the UUCP network are posted.
You may also want to check one of the following references: !%@:: A Directory of Electronic Mail Addressing and Networks by Donnalyn Frey and Rick Adams; The User's Directory of Computer Networks, by Tracy LaQuey; and The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide, by John Quarterman.
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