Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 19:33:23 GMT
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: P.S. re the Long Message
1) What is "the first screen"?
Whatever part of the message fits onto the first screen. I have my mail
program set to 20-line screens. If I'm bored with the message at that
point, I hit the delete key -- which is why I didn't even notice the file
at the end of yesterday's spam.
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.
Unlike text files (e.g., e-mail), binary files (executable programs) can
contain viruses. I'm not especially paranoid on that subject and have
certainly downloaded lots of binary files from lots of ftp sites and
other places through the years without any problems, but I would not
download an unsolicited binary file sent to me by a stranger.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)