[time-nuts] Sulzer Labs D-5 oscillator
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Sat Oct 11 08:43:17 UTC 2008
"Rob Kimberley" <rk at timing-consultants.com> wrote:
> The smiley (humour) was implied.
> I didn't mean any offence, but have been used to top posting, as
> business email (that's what I originally got my email for
> originally back in the mid 90's) was all (and still is) top
> It was only when I ventured into newsgroups that I came across
> bottom posting, which to me seemed totally illogical. I've read
> the pros of bottom posting (and the cons of top posting), but
> still can't get my head or my email prog (Outlook), around it.
> Rob Kimberley
There is a very big difference between a business email and a forum.
A business email is usually between two people and concerns only one
subject. The exchange is usually very short, perhaps a single
question and a single reply. In these situations, top posting is
probably the easiest method.
A forum is completely different. There may be many people involved,
but unless they respond to a post, you never know if they are
present. The discussion can involve several different issues, each
with their own thread. New threads can appear and take over the
entire conversation, or quickly disappear. A discussion can continue
for a very long time and involve many people.
In this situation, top posting is very inconsiderate. You have
already heard all the reasons.
If your email client is to blame, perhaps it should be replaced with
one more suitable. Pimmy is an excellent client, and you can still
get version 3.5, the last free one here:
Pimmy is designed to handle an unlimited number of mailboxes and
accounts. You can get disposable email addresses from a number of
sites. I have found KasMail is the best:
KasMail is free and allows you to have up to 25 different email
addresses. You can use different ones for eBay, PayPal, and each of
your bank accounts. This helps increase security, since you never
use these for anything else. This reduces the opportunity for ID
You can use some for typical web sites that won't allow you to
proceed without an email address. However, these can often be stolen
and end up on a spammer's list. Once there, it is impossible to
You are now vulnerable to all kinds of malware hidden in html
messages. These use GIF's, JPEG's, PDf, IFRAMES, scripts, Visual
Basic, and other methods to hijack your system. Once in, the
criminals can do anything they want. They can steal your bank
account and credit card usernames and passwords, and drain your
accounts. They can turn your computer into a zombie, sending spam to
other victims. You can end up with numerous malware programs all
fighting for control. This can slow down your computer and cause
The answer is to simply dispose of the bad email address and get a
Following this simple rule, I have virtually eliminated all spam. I
now may get one spam every month or two. This is a huge improvement
from the hundreds or thousands I used to get.
One more thing. Most email clients will execute programs hidden in
email, or downloaded from a web site.
Pimmy will not execute programs. It won't even render html. It won't
download anything from external sites. So there is no way you can be
infected by incoming malware hidden in an email message.
And, of course, Pimmy will let you bottom post:)
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