Don't attach files to list messages.

Dianna Shipman

Message 15382 · 5 Jan 1999 01:41:51 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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How do you run attachments through a virus checker?
Thanks,
Dianna Shipman
Houston, Texas
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-----Original Message-----
From: Deborah Shaw <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
<xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx>
Date: Monday, January 04, 1999 1:06 PM
Subject: Don't attach files to list messages.

>I'm about 3,500 messages behind in reading my e-mail (only 183 are
>Strathspey); this is from the "new recording" thread of a couple of weeks
>back.
>
>John > . . . ended up with 53 pages of garbage in my Word97!!!
>and Pauline said he was
>> . . . lucky!
>because her
>> . . . "Mailbox" and "Trash" were stuffed up completely . . .
>and she
>> . . . had to get [her] provider to "unjam" the mail and then find someone
>who could "free" [her] "Trash" - a traumatic experience! Even had to
>"unsubscribe" for a while - sad!! No more large e-mails please! <
>
>Those of us who have been on the 'net for a while and date back to Unix
>know this, but if you're new to the 'net and use Microsoft products, it's
>not obvious. When you attach files to messages, not everyone can receive
>them. Those who can't receive them receive pages and pages of code instead.
>If their local phone service is metered, which is common outside of North
>America, and their Internet service provider (ISP) is also metered, then
>they will pay double to get a file they do not want and can't read. With
>metered calls to their ISP help desk and a loss of time, this could cost
>Big Bucks in Real Money and would be very annoying.
>
>With a slow modem -- and some people still have 9600-baud modems -- it
>could take an hour to download such a file even it it doesn't block their
>access. If it does block their access, it could take hours to fix it and
>mean that they can't get messages they're expecting. A couple of years ago,
>when I was still using Pine and had a Unix connection, someone posted an
>attached file to a list when I was expecting a crucial e-mail from an
>editing client. The attached file crashed my e-mail and it took me a day to
>get it sorted out. I missed a deadline. The publication schedule was pushed
>back. The client was not happy.
>
>This is why you must not attach files to messages you send to e-mail lists
>-- any files to any e-mail list. (I noticed that someone else posted a
>message with an attachment after Fred did it.) When you send a message to
>Strathspey or any other list, send only ASCII text. When you attach a file
>to a private message, it's a good idea to check with the recipient first to
>make sure it will be welcome.
>
>This includes files that you accidentally attach because Microsoft assumes
>that everyone uses their products. Make sure your e-mail program is set to
>send messages as ASCII text only. The accidental attachments, which might
>be your signature, usually have a file name of "vcard."
>
>So, how _do_ you post information that you have in Word, without re-typing
>it?
>* open the Word document in Word
>* open your e-mail program and your outgoing message
>* in Word, select the text and copy it to your notepad using ctrl-c, the
>drop-down menu, or any other method
>* switch to your e-mail program and paste it into the message using ctrl-v,
>the drop-down menu, or any other method
>
>To make a picture, animation, or anything else available, put it on a Web
>site and post the URL or post an offer to send it privately.
>
>When you do receive an attachment that you do want, always, always, always
>run it through a virus checker before opening it. Delete attachments that
>you don't want without opening them, then empty your Trash.
>
>Cheers,
>Deborah
>xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>

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