Wed, 22 Apr 1998 20:08:12 -0400

There were questions on how to read our new newsgroup,

This is from my local newspaper:

 Published in the Asbury Park Press 4/22/98

 Q. I would like to read some of the newsgroup messages I have heard
 so much about, but I don't have full Internet access. I can't access
 World Wide Web. I have one of those free e-mail accounts a lot of
 people have. Will that work and can I find what I want?
 J.H., Freehold Township

 A.. You have e-mail, you have enough.

 One of the best sites for the information you want is . It's got a wealth of information on news groups.
 Without Web access, you can't go directly to the site. However, if you
 are willing to put a little time into a learning curve -- a very 
 little time -- you can access the same information via e-mail.

 The e-mail service isn't quite as complete as using the site. But the
 e-mail program lets you search through an archive of 20,000
 newsgroups and a collection of mailing lists. The e-mail
 query service lets you search through an archive of the postings to
 more than 20,000 newsgroups and a rapidly growing number of
 publicly accessible mailing lists. It is used by registered subscribers
 from more than 100 countries. 

 You can search for specific messages by subject, author, author's
 affiliation, newsgroup or e-mail list. The e-mail query service
 a powerful interface that lets you refine queries by author, author's
 organization, subject, newsgroup or e-mail list, etc. (see "ADVANCED
 QUERIES" in this file).

 After you submit your search, you'll get an e-mail answer telling you
 how many articles there were that used the terms you wanted. Each
 article has a unique number and you can continue searching or order
 any article you want. You also can create a continuing search so that
 you are notified every time a message appears using keywords you
 select. To access the service by e-mail, send an e-mail message
 containing query commands (see "SENDING QUERIES") to
 "Email-Queries@Reference.COM." The service actually is called SIFT
 and was operated for years by Stanford University. Stanford recently
 agreed with InReference to have InReference operate the service at
 its site,

 For more information about the service and how to use it, send an
 e-mail to User-Manual@Reference.COM The manual is relatively easy
 to follow and provides the proper syntax for queries.

 Source: Asbury Park Press 
 Published: April 22, 1998


If someone tries this, let us know how it works.

Jay Respler
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