[OT] Accessing the BBC from outside the UK

Jonathan Wiltshire jmw at debian.org
Sat Jan 7 08:13:05 EST 2012

On Sat, Jan 07, 2012 at 11:57:14AM -0000, Andy Wedge wrote:
> Like many, I use Outlook and each mail from David shows it has a 1KB attachment which is irritating when all it contains is details about the get_iplayer mailing lists, URL and email address. I get the same with emails from Jonathan W but they also contain another 1KB attachment 'signature.asc' which contains a PGP signature code. They're very much in the minority as pretty much everyone else's email show just fine. 

Because David signs his mail with X.509, and I with OpenPGP. Outlook always
shows the unsigned parts as attachments (apparantly, it reduces user
confusion over which parts are signed).

> All this bottom posting guff is just so called 'netiquette' and not default behaviour for many email clients I have used, including Outlook. It does however, keep emails relatively small and focussed. I do find it somewhat ironic that though, that we discuss utilities that allow us to download gigabytes of audio & video in a style that dates back to the ark when a 9.6Kbps modem was considered blindingly quick.

It's not guff, it's simple ettiquette to take the time to format email
properly, trim quotes and so on. Consider the now-infamous quote on the
kernel mailing list[1]:

| A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
| Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
| A: Top-posting.
| Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?
| A: No.
| Q: Should I include quotations after my reply?

1: https://lkml.org/lkml/2005/1/11/111

Please don't forget about those of us with text-only clients and a
terminal to hand. 'Default behaviour' doesn't make it considerate; our
culture of not applauding an orchestra between symphonic movements goes
back much further, is that also ironic guff?

> Happy New Year to all.
> Andy
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