The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of '!%@:: A directory of electronic mail addressing & networks':
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Prince-like, this book insists on an unpronounceable title. In the interests of
usable referents, might we dispense with the suggested "that darned book" and
possibly come up with "Bang-Through-At-For"?
This book is a reference work. It details the various computer networks with
mail links or gateways to the "true" Internet. It is common to cite such works
as "indispensable": in fact, most users, and even site managers, muddle along
quite happily without it. Quick reference "electronic" versions exist of very
similar documents, which provide the addressing schemes for the more common
network and commercial service gateways. Also, once you know one CompuServe
Internet address, you know 'em all. Frey and Adams have, however, put together
a very complete and interesting reference, and I do suggest it to anyone
managing, or using, extensive email correspondence.
The bulk of the book is a set of listings very similar to Part Two of "The
Matrix" (cf BKMATRIX.RVW). The number of listings is substantially greater,
while the major emphasis in each listing is the email addressing scheme. Most
of the rest of the book is supporting material, such as the indices to networks
by country, name and notation. More than two hundred and fifty pages are
devoted to listings of US and international domains for companies,
organizations and institutions. Of the sites that I personally know, only one
was not listed (although one Canadian company was mysteriously transferred
south of the border).
Chapter one is an essay devoted to Internet email addressing, and the various
"perversions" of "To:" lines. Internet aficionados have probably figured out
most of the topics covered but it makes an excellent introduction for
As a user of electronic mail, or the manager of a small Internet node or UUCP
site, it would be hard to say that you "need" this book. If, however, you are
at all interested in the topic of email, you will find this fascinating and
useful. For those trying to "push the envelope" of email access, this book
will be very useful indeed: perhaps indispensable is not too strong. Even
those not directly concerned with the technical management of email will find
useful material here. The expanded sub-domain listings alone should make
salespeople salivate. At the new reduced price (which seems to become
something of a standard for O'Reilly re-issues) this has become something to
recommend that *all* Internet users get as a resource.
The book seems to go through corrections or a new edition about once a year. I
wonder if you can get on a mailing list for it? Hmmm. Must drop a line to
gnn.com or ora.com (page 533) ...
Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
A bit outdated nowadays but a good image of the state of the art in computer networks a few years ago, a listing of all the computer networks in the world (Including all Internet networks) and contact information.
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