Obtain basic information on email on the internet.
Since there are so many of these robots, I will only give Meta searchers -- pointers to pointers...
To: Arthur.Teschler@uni-giessen.de Subject: _GEO_ 1st line: INFO1996-02 ok
Before I re-invent everything ...I'll much rather tell you where to find original sources ;-)
Dino online is also a real saurus...
To: firstname.lastname@example.org begin send /pub/info/ftp-list-de end
Here are quite a few people who collect their own URL's on German resources. Chances are, you'll find a lot that is not included in this FAQ ;-)..
The pointers and tools described here are mostly of general interest in the sense that their scope is not restricted to Germany.
If the resources listed below don't help, you should, no have to, read the excellent How to find people's email addresses FAQ maintained by David Alex Lamb. You should probably read that FAQ in any event. It's good.
Another very complete answer is the FAQ: How to find people's E-mail addresses, frequently posted in the newsgroup news.answers and also available by sending email to email@example.com with the line send usenet/news.answers/finding-addresses in the body.
As a last resort, you can post an I'm looking for a friend - note in an appropriate newsgroup. Don't tell them I said that ...
Of course, you might be lucky and your long-lost friend has a web-page, and it belongs to the 30% of the web that search engines index. In that case, using the usual search engines like AltaVista or Google might get you somewhere.
If you have a hunch that the person you're looking for is posting on Usenet, try to locate them through DejaNews.
If the person you are looking for has their own domain
your-friend.com) you might be able to locate them
through WHOIS. Depending on the domain name, you have to look
at different WHOIS servers. Use
Network Solutions' web search for
.org domains. For
European domains such as
Ripe's WHOIS servers.
Try a second source to find the email address of a certain college or university. It contains only a few German addresses as of now. If your university is not listed, send a detailed description of how to find email addresses at that place to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a person's name and their academic location in Germany, you may try a netfind for the domain name
where stadt is to be replaced by the name of the
town where the person lives. For example, the domain of the
Universität Karlsruhe is
the main web-site at
A lot of the bigger cities have Internet cafes that let you surf the web and write email, for a fee, of course.
One particularly nifty outcome of the deregulation of the German
phone market is that some phone companies provide very useful
provides PPP service without any signup. To use it, configure your
PC's PPP software to dial the number 01070 0192070,
internet, DNS server
188.8.131.52. The cost of 6 to 10 Pfennige will appear on
your next phone bill. This will most probably not work in hotels as
it selects Arcor as the phone company with the 01070
prefix, which hotels often disable. But asking can't hurt, either.
Statistics about University-Originated access to the Net
Ralf Taprogge is conducting a survey about internet accessibility at German universities. He posts his results on the WWW. As of early December 1995, the following data had emerged:
For those 47 Universities that had answered...
Usually you'll have to be a student, postdoc, etc. to be entitled for email access at your university. Ask for email at your local Rechenzentrum. 1994-3
Unfortunately, flat rate internet access in Germany is still not available, or if you find it, you pay a king's ransom (something like 100 DM/month) for it. Not only do you pay the phone company per minute while you are online, you have to pay your internet service provider per minute, too. A typical offering is the one by T-Online, which charges you 8 DM/month and then 0.03 DM/min while you are t-online.
Fokus has a good list of ISP search engines. That page lists ISP search engines for Germany, Europe, the USA and the whole wide world. 1999-08
Wolfgang Sander-Beuermann used to maintain an FAQ on Internet access in Germany. He stopped maintaining it in November 1998, though it's still available. 1999-08
There are a number of ways besides university connections to stay on-line. Truly commercial providers (like UUnet, etc.) may be a little too complete in service and price for one's personal email and news service needs. Private BBS-based networks like FIDO, MAUS, Z-Netz, Comlink... offer cheap connections to Internet and USENET. Their news and mail service should be satisfactory; IRC, WWW, ftp, and such services are usually not provided. Be aware; the telephone bills from the German Telekom could prove to be nasty. :-(
To get access to a NON COMMERCIAL BBS (like MAUS-NET). You can only read or write messages or use email. Most of these feed into SUB.NET or INDIVIDUAL.NET (IN) ... which is why you might want to consider getting their services directly; their internet connection is also faster and more complete.
SubNet e.V., Geschäftsstelle c/o Heiko Rupp, Gerwigstr. 5, 76131 Karlsruhe, fax +49 721 661937, email email@example.com 1994-10
About 40 DM/month for IP, possibly less for news and mail only. Regional differences apply in price and service. 1996-07
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write: Individual Network e.V., Geschäftsstelle, Scheideweg 65, D-26121 Oldenburg, Germany, tel +49(441)9808556, fax +49(441)9808557 1994-6
Their official homepage is now available. 1997-10 If you happen to know the license plate id ( Search for KFZ-Kennzeichen at the quantum server.) for the area of your interest try the following (note that this method is not guaranteed to work!)
SYSOP@license plate id.MAUS.DE example: SYSOP@K.MAUS.DE for service in the Cologne area.
In the body of the message ask for the telephone number of your local BBS box. 1994-2
All over Germany you can take "Deutsche Telekom" directly with its t-online service.
The price for T-Online access is DM 8,-/Month access fee (including two free hours) and DM 0,03/min usage fee (including phone costs!).
The following represents a condensed version of the dial-in access possibilities in Germany as cited in Benoit Carl Lips' list (see Lists of Public Unix Systems)
Emil-Meyer-Str. 20, D-30165 Hannover email email@example.com
Ohlauer Str. 74, D-80997 München email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pariser Straße 44, D - 1000 Berlin 15 email email@example.com
Scheideweg 65, D-26121 Oldenburg email IN-Info@Individual.NET
access: Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Böblingen, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Chemnitz, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Erfurt, Erlangen, Flensburg, Frankfurt/Main, Friedberg, Gießen, Göttingen, Halle, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Jena, Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Kiel, Köln, Konstanz, Leipzig, Ludwigshafen, Lübeck, Lüneburger Heide , Magdeburg, Mannheim, München, Münster, Nürnberg, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Paderborn, Passau, Pforzheim, Pirmasens, Regensburg, Rendsburg, Rostock, Ruhrgebiet, Saarbrücken, Schauenburg, Sauerland, Schleswig, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Ulm, Velbert, Weser-Ems, Wetzlar, Wolfsburg, Würzburg, Wuppertal
Chemnitz, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Kassel, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Bonn, Gau-Algesheim, Köln, Mainz, Frankfurt/Main, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Dreieich, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Darmstadt, Nidderau, Aalen, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Augsburg, München, Nürnberg, Weiden, Würzburg
Hardenbergplatz 2, D-10623 Berlin email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruhr-Area, Germany email email@example.com
tel +49(130)864643 (toll free),
access: Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Köln, Frankfurt/Main Karlsruhe, München, Nürnberg
Kleinknechtstraße 35, 70567 Stuttgart email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirchweg 22, D-63033 Dreieich (near Frankfurt) email email@example.com
Amalienstr. 17-21, 26135 Oldenburg email firstname.lastname@example.org
Figarostr. 3, 70597 Stuttgart email email@example.com
For my taste a truly exquisite WWW-server finder is http://www.entry.de/ 1997-05
If you don't have email access, you might want to pick up the latest issue of C'T computer magazine to look up the list of phone numbers of all network systems. Then dial into the appropriate BBS and ask the local sysop about fees for connection.
The de.* newsgroups are a good idea if you would like to know more about Germany and you are able to read and write German try the newsgroups in the de.* hierarchy. Those newsgroups are mostly available in Germany and at some sites in the US. Specifically parts of the hierarchies maus.*, fido.* and cl.* are fed into international news channels. (Note that these groups usually converse in German-only mode...) 1994-11
You can try and nag your sysadmin or Internet Service Provider into carrying the newsgroups you are interested in. This will be the easiest way for you to gain access to the de.* hierarchy.
Failing that, there are some providers that let you use their news servers. One of them can be found at http://news.cis.dfn.de/. This web page contains instructions on how to get access to the news server. The service is free, but requires registration by email. 1999-04
DejaNews archives pretty much all the newsgroups known to mankind. You can search and browse their archives to your hearts content, or simply read one of the de.* groups with your web browser. 1999-04
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