Date: Tue, 9 May 1995 02:29:17 GMT
From: owner-newjour@ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Subject: FlashBack

Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 21:07:31 -0400
From: flash@FlashBack.COM (FlashBack)
Subject: FlashBack

FlashBack 1222

FlashBack: A Commercial Electronic Journal For Sun Users

April 1995 John J. McLaughlin, Editor/Publisher flash@flashback.com

John J. McLaughlin Publisher/Editor flash@flashback.com

FlashBack is an Electronic Journal that is distributed by email over
the Internet to 130,000+ Sun users. You can use FlashBack to stay
informed about the Sun marketplace. Information about products,
services, or events of interest to Sun users comes directly from their

o FlashBack is the first free Electronic Journal dedicated to
providing Sun users with commercial information

o Delivers news, features, press-releases, newsletters, and
information of interest to the Sun community directly from

o Up to 100 articles per month delivered by electronic mail.
Eight editions available including daily and weekly
summaries in standard or multi-media mail

o Subscribers can request the full-text of any article at any
time by e-mail. Full-text and HTML versions of the
articles are available by ftp

o FlashBack can be found on the World Wide Web at a
number of locations. I encourage WebMasters to install my
HTML files on their servers to improve the performance for
their local subscribers. FlashBack articles can be found on
servers from Japan to the UK to the USA at sites such as:

o http://www.sun.com/FlashBack (Link inactive 13 May 2004)

o http://www.flashback.com (Link inactive 13 May 2004)

Flashback now integrated into Sun Systemnews

(Link active 13 May 2004)

o ftp://draco.nova.edu/pub/FlashBack/www/index.html (Inactive)

o The weekly and monthly summaries are posted to the
newsgroup comp.sys.sun.announce

o Easy to Join! Simply send email to
majordomo@flashback.com. In your message body type:
subscribe flashback

o For more information, send email to
flashback@flashback.com with 9001 in the Subject field


Articles are posted to the FlashBack subscribers frequently. Up to 100
articles may be posted in a given month. For those people who prefer a
predictable number of issues, there are daily, weekly and monthly
editions. These editions have a one paragraph summary for each posted
article. Subscribers can use the Full-Text On-Demand auto-responder to
have the complete article e-mailed to them.

Electronic Journals like FlashBack are not restricted by the processes of
printing and distribution. They have a number of advantages over printed

o Frequency - the editor can publish the electronic journal as
frequently as desired as there are no printing and distribution

o Timeliness - critical information can be published immediately.
There are no printing or delivery delays.

o Searchable - as the articles are plain text files they can be
collected and searched easily. New users can easily get back issues.

o Shareable - issues of the Electronic Journal can easily be shared
with colleagues. Just forward the email!

Who Produces FlashBack?

FlashBack is edited and produced by John J. McLaughlin, a Senior Sun
Systems Engineer based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. John is also Vice
President of the Sun User Group. John graduated (Computer Science) -
with honors - from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has been
involved with UNIX systems for sixteen years in a variety of roles. John
is also the editor/ publisher of SunFlash.

There are several Associate Editors working with John, including Tim
Wells and Mark Woods.

What's Posted to FlashBack?

o Press Releases/Product announcements of interest to the Sun community

o Sponsored technical articles

o Security articles

o Company Newsletters

o Newsletter table of contents (e.g. "HPCwire", "WEBster', "SPARC-Flash")

o Trade magazine table of contents (e.g. "Advanced Systems",
"Open Computing") and sample articles

o Sun User Group products and announcements

o Conference/Seminar/Trade show announcements (such as the SunWorld)

o Text book announcements (e.g. from O'Reilly)

Who Subscribes?

Over 130,000 people in more than 60 countries subscribe to FlashBack.
More that 10% of all Sun employees are FlashBack subscribers along
with large numbers of VARs, end users, system administrators, ISVs,
developers, analysts and journalists.

Distribution Options or Editions

Each FlashBack distribution option is implemented as a mailing list.
Some of the mailing lists receive all of the articles, and some receive

Subscribers can send for the full text of the article any article by sending
email to an automatic response program. The Subject line should contain
one or more article numbers separated by spaces. The email address is:

There are five mailing list types:

1. Daily - about 1 message per day. Some will be abstract type

2. Weekly - 1 abstract article per week. Typical article will have 25
abstracts. (The Weekly FlashBack Digest)

3. Monthly - 1 abstract article per month. Typical article will have
100 articles. (The Monthly FlashBack Digest)

4. Full - no abstracts. The full-text of every article will be sent to
the Full subscribers.

5. Multi-Media - Article body has one paragraph for each article
and the articles are included as attachments. MailTool and MIME
versions are available.

Mailing list names

The names for the mailing lists are:


Daily FlashBack


Daily FlashBack, mailtool format (all articles)


Daily FlashBack, MIME format (all articles)


Weekly FlashBack


Monthly FlashBack


Full FlashBack (all articles)


Mailtool FlashBack Weekly (all articles)


MIME FlashBack Weekly (all articles)

How To Subscribe

You can subscribe to one of the nine FlashBack mailing lists by sending
email to:


with a message body that contains the word subscribe followed by one of
the mailing list names and then an email address. For example, if
johnj@flashback.com wants to get the weekly edition of FlashBack and
the weekly mailtool edition of FlashBack:

% mailx Majordomo@FlashBack.COM
subscribe FlashBack-w johnj@flashback.com
subscribe mt-flashback-w johnj@flashback.com

FlashBack ftp Archives

Archives of the FlashBack articles in plain text are on draco.nova.edu in
the directory:


The directory


contains HTML versions of all the FlashBack articles. There files can be
installed in your own World Wide Web (WWW) server.

(c) 1995 FlashBack Inc. FlashBack is a trademark. Sun, the Sun logo, Sun
Microsystems, are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All SPARC
trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC
International, Inc. Products bearing the SPARC trademark are based upon
an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other product or
service names mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.

Information about FlashBack available on the Internet via the World
Wide Web. URLs:
http://www.flashback.com (Inactive)
ftp://draco.nova.edu/pub/sunflash/www/index.html (Inactive)
FlashBack - A Full-Text On Demand Newsletter
John J. McLaughlin - Publisher & Editor - flash@FlashBack.COM
Tim Wells - Associate Editor - tim@FlashBack.COM
Subscriptions to Majordomo@FlashBack.COM
Article Requests to flashback@FlashBack.COM
Article Submissions to Flash@FlashBack.COM

For a general introduction send email to Flashback@FlashBack.COM with
9001 in the Subject line.

For the November 1994 contents make the Subject line: 71.00 1136 5019
For the December 1994 contents make the Subject line: 72.00 1146
For the January 1994 contents make the Subject line: 73.00 1176
For the February 1994 contents make the Subject line: 74.00
For the March 1994 contents make the Subject line: 75.00 1221

FlashBack is not sponsored or published by, or affiliated with,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Original posting date: 
Sunday, July 30, 1995
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