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    About Attachments. New List Archive, too.
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Nov 1, 00:44 EST
    Peter Fogg, you wrote:
    "Or, alternatively, perhaps some kind person could make it available
    online. We did have such a facility with the old list. It seems a
    shame to scan at the minimum resolution. Readability of scanned docs
    depends on more than this."
     
    There's no problem sending it as attachment if it's really something of general interest. You yourself have sent hundreds of thousands of bytes to the list as attachments in the past couple of months. If there's something really HUGE, then put it on a web site instead of attaching it. There are dozens of people on the list, including myself, with hundreds of megabytes of spare storage available. We don't need a separate "facility" for this.
     
    On a general note, just use ordinary etiquette when deciding whether to send something as an attachment. If it's going to interest many people, go ahead and send it. No one will complain. If it's just bandwidth-wasting, then don't do it. Also, if you're not really computer-savvy, consider asking around about how to save your file in an efficient space-saving format before sending it. For example, there was an image sent to the list in September that occupied nearly 1 megabyte in the format as sent. This files could easily have been compressed down to as little as 17 kilobytes (2% of its size as sent!) with a change in format.
     
    This list, both as NavList and Navigation-L, has seen dozens of fascinating attachments over the past five years. I've gone to some considerable effort to make all of these visible in the new list archive at www.fer3.com/arc . PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT the same as the google page for the group. Rather, this is a comprehensive archive of all messages hosted on a separate web site. It is also now continuously updated with messages appearing there just a minute or two after posting to the list. There's a relatively easy way to explore some of the attachments which have been sent during the past five years. Go to each month and click to sort by "message size" so that the largest messages are at the top (doesn't work for August, September 2006). Anything larger than 15000 bytes has a 50/50 chance of including an attachment. There may still be a couple that don't display correctly. Please let me know if you find any.
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars

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