Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
On many systems, you can add to the information provided by finger. UNIX computers (and others) allow you to create a file in your home directory called .plan. Your plan file will be appended to your vital statistics whenever anyone fingers your account. At last, you can share your life's plan with the world. If you were to finger me on the day I wrote this, you would see what's below. Everything after "On since..." is my plan file, but it's there because it's information I think anyone fingering me might want to know.
Login: waffle Name: Kevin Savetz Directory: /files/home/waffle Shell: /local/bin/tcsh Mail last read Wed Jan 19 17:06:52 1994 On since Wed Jan 19 21:45 (PST) on ttyp9 Freelance computer journalist. Publisher of the Internet Services Frequently Asked Questions List. This file is posted weekly to the newsgroup "alt.internet.services" and posted twice monthly to "news.answers" and "alt.answers" It is also available via anonymous FTP: rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet/news.answers/internet-services/faq Author, "Your Internet Consultant - the FAQs of Life Online" (Sams Publishing.)
Your signature can be a few lines that briefly tell others who you are or how to contact you. Some signatures contain cute quotes, disclaimers that the writer's opinions aren't necessarily the opinions of his employer, and a myriad of other information. Here are a few examples:
[ Kevin M. Savetz -- email@example.com ] [ -- firstname.lastname@example.org ]And one that's a little more elaborate.
Grady Ward | compiler of Moby lexicons: | finger email@example.com +1 707 826 7715 | Words, Hyphenator, Part-of-Speech | for more information (voice/24hr FAX) | Pronunciator, Thesaurus | 15 E2 AD D3 D1 C6 F3 FC firstname.lastname@example.org | and Language, all royalty-free | 58 AC F7 3D 4F 01 1E 2F E. Jay O'Connell_____________________________________ejo@world.std.com "God does not play dice with the Universe"--A Einstein "No, she plays SuperScratch-Card Wingo (TM)"--Me. ______________________________________________________________________Be careful about what information you share with the world in your signature and plan files. Think twice--or three or four times--before publishing your home phone number, credit card number, shoe size, or other information that will make you miserable when 14 million of your closest neighbors have it.
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