Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 13:37:47 -0700 From: David Harnick-Shapiro Subject: Re: ADS-ANS deadline September 1 On Thu, 31 Aug 1995 14:23, Betty Phillips writes: > * This message contains the file 'PHILLIPS.ADS', which has been > * uuencoded. If you are using Pegasus Mail, then you can use > * the browser's eXtract function to lift the original contents > * out to a file, otherwise you will have to extract the message > * and uudecode it manually. and all hell breaks loose. Some good things did come out of this affair -- an increase in the number of humanists who appreciate the difficulties in file exchange, for example. And I'll bet there's quite a few who will think twice before assuming, "I use , so *everyone* must use it"; they may even disabuse a few colleagues. So why am I dragging this up again? I *did* bother to try to find out what the original post was, and thought I'd share with those more noted for their morbid curiousity than for their reason. Here we go: message comes in as a digest; program number one is my mail reader. Burst the message out of the digest: that's program number two. Three: an editor to remove the mail headers and other non-uuencoded stuff (this step was probably not actually necessary). Four: uudecode. This is the first step where an error is reported; the file was probably not uuencoded properly, or the uuencoded version may have been clobbered, but let's press on regardless. Five and six: the Unix "file" and "less" commands, to try to figure out what kind of file was created; decide it's not a Unix or text file (which was unlikely, anyway), so I'll try a Mac. Seven: 'Fetch', to copy the file from Unix to a Macintosh. Eight: MS Word for Mac. Word, when coerced into opening the file, announced that it was converting a WordPerfect 5.1 file, but was unable to finish. So: eight programs, two platforms, several machines and several networks later, I have: an unreadable portion of a WordPerfect file. I love the way computers empower me. :-) -------- David Harnick-Shapiro Information and Computer Science david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of California, Irvine