[Retros] Lots of recent publications

Peter Fayers fayers at freeuk.com
Mon Aug 4 16:39:26 EDT 2003

As one of the users (sufferers) of Microsoft and Outlook's stupidity, I have
a very simple rule - I never open attachments.
Inline text is ideal - I have home-grown C programs which can translate
standard board notation (in any language) into Chess font formats.
I just run the email text through this program, and use Word on the result
to change the font.
Though, please, if sending inline text, put it at the end (!).

----- Original Message -----
From: "A J Mestel" <A.J.Mestel at damtp.cam.ac.uk>
To: <retros at janko.at>
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 2:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Retros] Lots of recent publications

> For heaven's sake. Zip all files, including text files? Not everyone uses

> e-mail systems and operating systems which are this virus prone. It's hard

> enough trying to convince people not to send a few lines of text as a WORD

> document, without suggesting they gratuitously zip text files. I'm not

> going to demand you switch to UNIX, Andy, but I think it is at your end

> you should work at things, rather than demand that the rest of the world

> conform to Microsoft & Outlook's stupidity!


> Jonathan


> On Sun, 27 Jul 2003, Andrew Buchanan wrote:


> > Thanks to folks who've recently sent documents as attachments. I suspect

> > that I may not be the only member of the list who lives in the world of

> > Microsoft Outlook Express. Under this regime, arriving attachments are

> > classified as safe or unsafe based on the file type. If the attachment


> > deemed unsafe (e.g. for .txt files or .wps) then I am prevented from

> > accessing it to read it.

> >

> > However, if the sender zips the attachments, so the file type is .zip,

and I

> > can unzip it and read the attachments happily. This has the added


> > of reducing the size of the attachment, although typically the files

that we

> > send around are quite small in size. Indeed even relabelling a .txt file


> > .zip will allow it to pass the Microsoft scrutiny, although I wouldn't

> > recommend doing that.

> >

> > This brings up a bigger question, that of the safety of reading


> > attachments. Outlook works this way it does for a reason. If I read an


> > from a member of this panel, and the email refers to an attachment, and

> > talks about it in a chessically coherent way, then I will assume that


> > attachment is genuine. If there is no supporting text, then I can assume

> > that the message is viral, and delete it.

> >

> > Let me admit in case this seems academic, that a few weeks ago, I did

> > receive a virus through this mailing list, and the fragment of


> > text stolen from another message for the originating user fooled me into

> > finding a laborious work-around so I could open the attachment. Such is


> > passion of chess problems.

> >

> > Summary: I suggest:

> > (1) zip your attachments.

> > (2) continue to supply supporting text in the email so I can determine


> > mail is genuine.

> > (3) particularly for PC users, be careful in opening attachments, and


> > your virus checker up to date.

> >

> > Thanks & regards,

> > Andrew Buchanan,

> > (or a virus masquerading as he).

> >



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