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    Re: Want to give your money away

    I'm not familiar with Incredimail either, but I understand it is very popular. I note from one review that:
    "IncrediMail uses a simple but not ineffective spam filter, protects your privacy", but OTOH,
    "IncrediMail's spam filter is less than ideal if you get lots of spam and mail from strangers".

    A long time ago, I shared your view on opening HTML mail and found the ideal application for my usage - Visual Mail. It sounds similar to Incredimail, but the attraction for me is that its HTML rendering abilities are so rudimentary that it couldn't launch or link to anything! I can thus read an HTML message in total safety before downloading from the server to OE, without needing to view/ disect the HTML code... that is, unless the Subject header gives it away first, in which case I can blow it straight off the server.

    I think its development was discontinued in favour of a "smarter" shareware product, but the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware version is still available at
    http://www.jpsoft.dk/exe/vmail2.exe
    Version: 2.0.1.4 | File size: 2.17 mb | OS: Windows[all]
    I think there's something to be said for browsers/ renderers that aren't so clever. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    Thanx for additional info. If it were up to me, there'd be no such thing as "HTML mail." All e-mail would be plain text, and nothing but plain text. Email client applications would have no script or HTML rendering capability. If you wanted to "liven up" your messages, you'd have to resort to ASCII art. Sounds pretty dull, but at least sending & receiving email would be simpler, more efficient, and more secure. Guess this makes me a Stone-Age reactionary or Luddite of sorts....

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    <hr>Guess this makes me a Stone-Age reactionary or Luddite of sorts....<hr>Uggh! I agree. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    I have never quite understood why you would want to make your message about ten times larger in size by adding some "wallpaper" behind the text.

    Seems very reminiscent of infant scribblings on its bedroom wall...

    John

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    I to use plain text for most of my emails that I make, and will convert a lot of the ones I receive before passing them on.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    Occasionally I want a picture to display in the midst of my message. Otherwise, plain text is fine with me. :-)

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    John,

    It's the same reason that some people have pictures on their checks or buy stationery with borders. Why do we have smilies here at Woody's, because it adds interest and personal touches that convey feelings to others. An announcement of the birth of a child with an image of that child in the background adds so much warmth to a family member receiving that message. I am a consultant at The New York State Department of Budget and a client is supposed to be looking at a database for deployment when the budget gets passed but has been so busy and working long hours preparing emergency payment legislation that she has not been able to look at this. I was getting emails every night telling me she hasn't had a chance to work on it and I would respond saying it can wait. Yesterday i responded using with a background of a tropical beach and a message telling her to relax this weekend and picture herself sitting here with her husband listening to the waves and the breeze through the palm trees.

    She immediately responded with a big thank you saying she needed that and it made her feel less tense and more relaxed seeing the beach. So you see there is a time and place for backgrounds. The old saying 'a picture is worth a 1000 words' seemed to apply here.

    It has also become a time of less personal touches and if html mail make one take a little more time in composing a letter to me by adding their personal touches then send them on.

    Have a nice day. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Want to give your money away

    I agree with Jefferson, and there are time when HTML is needed.
    As I send some email to people much older than I and they have a problem seeing the text. I will use HTML with larger text font size which is much easier for them to read.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    Here's an example of the kind of email I get in bunches. This is a Mailwasher preview screen (my email address blanked by me) with gobs of random "words" obviously intended to fool mail filters. When I get 'em I tell Mailwasher to send a "bounce" message but either that doesn't do any good or the next one will arrive with a different from-address. Tough life, this email. I'm sometimes happy that I'm NOT one of those people who get hundreds of messages every day. I've almost gotten to the point of deleting (at the server) mail from anyone I don't recognize. But, even that can be a risky technique. I have gotten email from "legitimate" sources for the first time and it's a good thing I used the Mailwasher preview screen!

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    Al

    Why do you bother sending a Bounce message when the From address is invariably spoofed?

    Perhaps HALF the email messages sent on the internet now are Bounce messages, including the "You sent me a Virus!" type....!

    John
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    Re: Want to give your money away

    The reason I HAVE been doing it, and that's now past tense, is that quite a bit of the "junk" mail I get is NOT spoofed but rather from an identifiable source who has "found" my email address and sent me a credit card offer or some other advertisement. All of this came from being too careless EARLY on with my own email address. For the past couple of years I've been using throwaway email addresses from my own domain and working hard to eliminate the places where the address WAS appearing. That may be one of the reasons I get so much less of it than most people. Maybe it's because I'm retired (Heh, heh!) Anyway, the bottom line is that I recently changed from DSL to cable and AM NOT "giving away" that email address. I even whisper in the ear of friends and relatives, asking them not to forward any email from me, etc. etc. You and I know however that there's only so much one can do...

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    Re: Want to give your money away

    I empathize BigAl. I have long "protected" my cable address by using it only for close friends/ relatives. Still... they occassionally send some really [cynical] hilariously funny, world-shatteringly important or never-before-seen-by-me [/cynical] forwarded junk, to all and sundry in their address book, so that nobody misses out on this item of such great interest. Trouble is that all such addys appear dumped together in the To: field, only to be reforwarded to the rest of the world. Using the BCC: field immediately goes to the too hard basket for these basket cases. Ya just can't win.

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