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From: Undetermined origin c/o Postmaster
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1993 11:11:31 -0400
Interpersonal Computing and Technology writes:
> [**MODERATOR'S NOTE: If any of you have faced this problem, please
> send me the solution. BERGE@GUVAX.ACC.GEORGETOWN.EDU Zane***]
> Isn't anyone else receiving encrypted posts? They appear as gibberish
> on my screen. They must be received properly somewhere, since the
> moderators are forwarding them on. I'd very much appreciate it if
> whoever is sending these would please take off the coding. Thanks.
Some months ago the same problem occurred at the list DEVEL-L
that I also subscribe to.
Apparently some software gimmick within your system or the senders
system or wherever, encounters a non-standard ascii character (in
that case it was a single accented e, in the signature address of
a contributerform Spain as I recall) and than automatically
encodes the whole text into some multi-media standard code.
This event caused a cascade of flaming mails in DEVEL-L on the
irresponsibility of system designers, and application managers and
all others involved to introduce new codes and apply them without
note or warning and thus excluding the miriads of users, not
having the new code installed or lacking computer capacity to do
so and/or the necessity of just those new codes for the sake of
progress and ease of use etc etc.
Finally we managed to get back to the original problem: the coding
scheme and means of decoding and the contents
of the original messsage, which incidently anybody had stopped
paying attention to.
Then some bright people puzzled out what had happened (somewhere
underway even the header-line, stating that coding had happened
and the technique employed, had been stripped of automaticaly) and
enlighted us all with a very good explanation of the code.
With which the original text was indeed succesfully deciphered.
Unfortunately I just recently deleted the whole stuff, for lack of
disk space, but I am sure that someone at DEVEL-L must be willing
to provide you with the solution.
Percy van Kanten
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