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Whois

Before the Web, Whois was strictly an Internet service used to query a host and find out if a certain user was registered on that system. Originally developed by the military, others followed with their own Whois databases, which provide white pages directories. See finger.

Directory of Domain Names
Whois databases have become the master directories for domain name registrations. When a new domain is added or changed, the information is sent to the appropriate Whois database. Domain name registrars may provide a search function on their sites that can access various or all of the Whois databases. Following are examples of websites that provide information from the Whois databases:


  WHO-IS SITES

  www.WhoIs.sc

  www.BetterWhoIs.com

  www.InternNIC.net

  www.uWhoIs.com

  www.EasyWhoIs.com

  www.FreeWho.com (tracks Whois sites)

  www.TekTips.us (tracks Whois sites)





finger

A Unix command widely used on the Internet to find out information about a particular user, such as telephone number, whether currently logged on or the last time logged on. The person being "fingered" must have placed his or her profile on the system. Profiles can be very elaborate either as a method of social introduction or to state particular job responsibilities. Fingering requires entering the full user@domain address.



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BeforeAfter
white spacesWHQL
White Spaces CoalitionWHS
whiteboardWHSXGA
whitebookWHUXGA
whiteboxWHXGA
whitelistWi-Di
whitelist spam blockerWi-Fi
whitelistingWi-Fi/3G
whitepaperWi-Fi/4G
whitespaceWi-Fi access point

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