Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 11:23:06 -0600
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: P.S. re the Long Message
Granted this is somewhat off the subject of this list, but perhaps others
are as computer-naive as I am and would appreciate some enlightenment,
namely: 1) What is "the first screen"?
Some messages are short enough that they are contained within the screen
that opens when you read a message. Others are longer, and you have to
scroll down past the first screen to read the whole message.
and 2) While my ignorance of how
to do it would prevent my decoding and downloading the binary file and I
wouldn't have had the interest in this one to prompt me to find out,
nevertheless I don't know why it would have been unwise.
A decoded & downloaded binary file can become an "executable file"--that
is, a piece of software. An executable can contain a virus, if the person
who sent it (or the person he or she got it from) is malicious enough to
have planted one. A virus could, for example, erase your entire hard drive,
or other unpleasant things.