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TitleUsing E-Mail
Author(s)Dave Gibbons, David Fox, Alan Westenbroek, Dick Cravens
PublishedOctober 1994
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Although large chunks of this book are simply versions of product documentation, there are many sections of good, thoughtful, useful advice as well. Chapter one is a good introduction and a breakdown of the mail system into the mail user agent (MUA, called "front end" in the book) and the mail transport agent (MTA). Later parts of the chapter may become too technical in discussions of wide area networks, to no purpose. Chapters two and three give a very good overview of email use and evaluation. The material is broad- ranging and generally excellent, with the notable exception of deficiencies in the coverage of security and file attachments. Chapters four through seven document uses and commands for cc:Mail, MS-Mail, Novell Groupwise, Lotus Notes and Windows for Workgroups. Chapters eight to fourteen cover what is generally the "mail Internet"; BBS networks, commercial services, and the Internet, itself. Except for two sizeable chapters on Compuserve and America Online, the material is quite terse, though an acceptable introduction. Directions and tables of internetwork addressing are a strong point, here. (For a book discussing global email, there is much evidence of US-centrism. This may explain some of the blind spots with regard to security issues.) A fair amount of the book could be discarded with no appreciable loss, and a few points (such as netiquette) could stand some boosting. Overall, though, this is a solid introduction to the topic. And the authors show admirable restraint in not promoting ProComm. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995

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