X-Message-Number: 11864
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 22:13:29 -0400
From: "Stephen W. Bridge" <>
Subject: Splitting CryoNet

To CryoNet
From Steve Bridge
May 31, 1999
Re:  Splitting the List
Either way is fine with me.  I would prefer to get the entire list if that
is one of the choices offered.  While I find some of the consciousness-in-
a-computer theorizing to be incredibly arcane and boring, once in a while
someone has an insight that sets my mind off in new directions.  I don't
read it all; in fact I skip a lot.  It depends on my mood and time
available in that day.  And I have a life with family and work far outside
of cryonics.  I do understand the position of those who would prefer to
have these posts deleted so they can watch for posts more directly pointed
at cryonics.
A couple of suggestions that will NOT work for CryoNet at the present
state of technology:
>Message #11848
>From: "Billy H. Seidel" <>
>Subject: Split list
>Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 05:49:46 -0700
>One improvement I would like to see is, the ability to click on the
>subject matter in the heading and be able to go directly to the posting.
>This way I would not have to scroll through the items I am not interested
>Message #11853
>From: "Philip Rhoades" <>
>Subject: Splitting alternative - mail headers to archives
>Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 16:45:08 +0100
>I think there is software around that will automatically produce database
>tables from posted mail and just mail out the headers as hypertext links
>to people on the list. That way people could just click on any topics of
>interest to retrieve the body of the text. This would even work for text
>browsers like lynx.
Many people on mailing lists are unable to "click" at all.  In my case, I
am still using an old pre-Windows computer for my regular e-mail, although
I have another one I use for Internet searching, etc.  (I'll be getting a
new computer in June, though.)
Even more of a problem is that many common e-mail programs and mailing
list programs are unable to process HTML programs in any useful way.  For
instance, Billy's message was posted on CryoNet with the complete HTML
coding following it (usually Kevin's program cuts this out; Billy must
have found a new way around it.)  That produces annoying and space/time-
wasting stuff that looks like this:
>Content-Type: text/html;
>        charset="iso-8859-1"
><!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
><META content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" http-equiv=Content-Type>
><META content="MSHTML 5.00.2314.1000" name=GENERATOR>

Billy, most versions of Netscape and Microsoft Explorer allow you to
choose NOT to send HTML encoding.  In later versions of Netscape, it is
under Edit-Preferences-Mail.

This is not a problem just for my old computer software.  I get the same
HTML repeats from some posters on an entirely different mailing list that
my wife and I subscribe to through our e-mail address on the Windows
family computer.

Until we are all running similar programs (about the same time Hell has an
ice hockey team), mailing lists have to use the lowest common denominator.

Steve Bridge

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