This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Brendan P. Kehoe, which is now, at last, again available to you.
Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside Zen and the Art of the Internet:
You have at your fingertips the ability to talk in real-time with someone in Japan, send a 2,000-word short story to a group of people who will critique it for the sheer pleasure of doing so, see if a Macintosh sitting in a lab in Canada is turned on, and find out if someone happens to be sitting in front of their computer (logged on) in Australia, all inside of thirty minutes.
...For example, if the UUCP site dream is connected to south.america.org, but doesnt have an Internet domain name of its own, a user debbie on dream can be reached by writing to the address not smallexample!
...When an email address is incorrect in some way (the systems name is wrong, the domain doesnt exist, whatever), the mail system will bounce the message back to the sender, much the same way that the Postal Service does when you send a letter to a bad street address.
...150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls. total 3116 drwxr-xr-x 2 7 21 512 Nov 21 1988 .forward -rw-rw-r- 1 7 11 0 Jun 23 1988 .hushlogin drwxrwxr-x 2 0 21 512 Jun 4 1990 Census drwxrwxr-x 2 0 120 512 Jan 8 09:36 ClariNet ... etc etc ... -rw-rw-r- 1 7 14 42390 May 20 02:24 newthisweek.
...If, for some reason, you want to save a file under a different name (e.g. your system can only have 14-character filenames, or can only have one dot in the name), you can specify what the local filename should be by providing get with an additional argument