Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 11:23:06 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull 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. Kate Catmull