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Re: [aroid-l] images on Aroid-l

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] images on Aroid-l
  • From: SelbyHort@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 08:00:26 EDT

In a message dated 8/19/2002 8:58:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
SLCooper@scj.com writes:

> I've never heard of viruses being sent via a .jpg file
> If you receive an exe file just delete it.

There are viruses out there that "appear" to be jpg image files, since they 
come into your mailbox with the standard .jpg extension. However, they are 
disguised and are actually executable files. There are other ways to disguise 
executable files. A link in an HTML formatted email message can turn out to 
be a link to a web site that will download a virus or some nasty spyware or 
keystroke copier to your computer as soon as you click on it (before the web 
page even loads and you are aware that it is a bogus/harmful link).

I think it is a good thing that we have a moderated list. This question has 
come up many times and I believe that if we had an unmoderated list, we will 
all be seeing a lot more "junk" on this list. The moderators help filter that 
out. I have never felt that their primary purpose is to screen content posted 
by newslist subscribers, but they do block undesirable junk mail that worms 
its way in. Also, sometimes people inadvertantly post to the list when the 
message is really intended to be sent privately. The moderators sometimes 
will re-direct messages that are incorrectly sent to the entire list and so 
help avoid someone's embarassment. The moderators also detect problems in the 
list and help correct those problems before we are all hit with them, thus 
making the list run more smoothly. I feel a delay in the list postings during 
problem periods is far preferable than being hit with lots of duplicated 
messages or some other glitch that would only bring about a rash of irrate 
messages being posted. Being a moderator is a thankless job, but we should be 
aware that there is great usefulness in having a moderated list.

Most of us do not need to have split-second postings on this list. Perhaps 
someone could start an unmoderated chat room for aroid enthusiasts to satisfy 
those who need instant response with no censorship. This would take some 
discussion elsewhere, no doubt, but would provide a solution for those people 
who do not want a moderated list and who wish to get in touch with a group 
simulanteously. However just don't expect all of us to migrate there and 
abandon this list. 

It is not just the "offshore" folks who have slow connections. I am unable to 
achieve connection speeds of anything above 26K, even though I have a new 
computer with a fast modem and a new phone line dropped from the pole. The 
problem in rural areas of the US is that many places have very old phone line 
equipment and the phone companies are not interested in upgrading them for 
internet, since they only guaranteee voice connections on these lines. I have 
called Verizon repeatedly and they simply have no announced plans to upgrade 
any of their lines in the upper NE (probably not in my lifetime). DSL or 
cable is not even available where I live so I have no other options other 
than to move! Semi-affordable satellite still requires a phone connection and 
line of sight to the southern sky, which I don't have since there is a 
mountain in the way. If you live in a metro area you have lots of options, 
but not everyone lives in a large city. I would probably not even want to 
download image attachments posted to the list since too many people would 
attach very large files. If I wanted to see any images referred to in 
messages on this newslist, I would rather go to a web site.

So much for my opinion.


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