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    Re: Posting from the NavList archive
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2008 Dec 2, 22:50 -0400

    Wow, what a spectacular photo of the moon's far side. The crater in
    the middle looks to be about 1/6 the moon's diameter and deep, deep,
    deep.  -Hewitt
    On 12/2/08, frankreed@historicalatlas.net  wrote:
    > Right on schedule for once! I fixed that little bug.
    >  This posting system is something I've been planning for over a year, and I 
    finally set aside a week to write the software to make it happen.
    >  Some details:
    >  Let's suppose you read the list's messages at the archive (fer3.com/arc). 
    Now, starting today, you can easily click "reply" and compose a message right 
    there (as I am right now). You don't have to fire up your email application. 
    Each list member has been assigned a six character "posting code" to confirm 
    your identity. You can get your posting code by clicking on any one of 
    several links in the archive or by following this url directly: 
    http://fer3.com/arc/postcode.aspx. You enter your code, click "Post Message", 
    and your message is sent off to the list exactly like any ordinary list 
    message. If you want, you can attach or link files. When you upload a file, 
    if it's larger than 100k, it will be pre-selected for "linking". If it's 
    smaller than 100k, it's pre-selected for ordinary attachment as part of the 
    message. You can change the "Link" vs. "Attach" option easily. When an 
    uploaded file is linked, a url is added automatically at the end of the 
    message. I will illustrate this by linking a large file to this message and 
    attaching one small file.
    >  In addition, the archive now permits non-member posting. Don't worry: posts 
    from non-members are moderated, and non-members' post cannot have 
    attachments. It may mean a little more work for the managers (myself and Dan 
    Allen), but nothing can reach the group that has not been approved for 
    posting. This may prove to be appealing for people interested in navigation 
    who are intimidated by the prospect of "joining" some community when they 
    merely want to ask a quick question. Posts from non-members will appear to 
    come from the email address NavList[--]aol.com which is the archive's 
    membership. Each non-member post will have the original poster's email, 
    masked, in the message body at the end.
    >  -FER
    >  PS: Uploading files has one drawback: because of the specific web 
    technology I'm using, there's no progress indicator. So if you upload a 
    2-megabyte file, you simply have to wait for it to finish with no visual 
    indication of how much time is remaining. Also, if you're on a slow 
    connection (slower than 100kbps), it is possible that an upload will time 
    out. Apart from that, it's simple and flexible. I have linked here a copy of 
    my "Centennia Historical Atlas" software (for Windows). This is a 3-megabyte 
    file, and it took about three minutes to upload on a broadband connection. I 
    have also attached a photo of the Moon just for fun.
    > >
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