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Wayne & Lauri Linder
2003-12-07, 20:31
I don't mean to start another war over the e-mail software. I don't care if
reply-to-all is the default, what I was wondering is if everyone could turn
off HTML. That would reduce the size and frequency of the e-mails
dramatically! How about it, people, possible?

Wayne

p.s. Love my squeezebox! Not a problem to be found (except the MP2
skipping).

Caleb Epstein
2003-12-08, 06:54
On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 08:31:26PM -0700, Wayne & Lauri Linder wrote:

> I don't mean to start another war over the e-mail software. I don't
> care if reply-to-all is the default, what I was wondering is if
> everyone could turn off HTML. That would reduce the size and
> frequency of the e-mails dramatically! How about it, people,
> possible?

Seconded, but:

Its a LOT easier to do this on the server side (e.g. mailing
list software) than it is to get everyone subscribed to the
list to change their email client configuration.

With the latest versions of Mailman, it is possible to strip
all HTML content and only pass through the
"multipart/alternative" or "text/plain" portions of MIME
messages. This is as of Mailman version 2.1 IIRC, which this
list does seem to be using. I run some lists configured this
way, and it has the nice side-benefit of removing most virus
payload

One down-side is setting, though, is that if the user's mail
software does NOT include a text/plain or
multipart/alternative section (Hotmail seems not to be
broken in this way, go figger), the user's message ends up
empty. The other down-side is that legitimate attachments to
a message (perhaps someone sending a new skin to the list or
some such) are stripped as well.

P.S. I do apologize for starting the shit-storm that the
configuration thread became. I certainly had NO intention of
disrupting the list in that way. With a little prodding from
Mark (who I think was unjustly attacked for stating reasoned,
well-founded, and widely held technical views), I've now found
the magic configuration settings in my mail client so this
list behaves for me like all others. This is my last word on
that subject :)

Be warned that Mark is correct. This list WILL eventually be hit
with spam and virus email. All mailing lists are. This is not a
threat, but a statement of fact. Any steps that can be taken to
combat this are a plus IMHO.

--
Caleb Epstein | bklyn . org | Many are called, few are chosen. Fewer still
cae at | Brooklyn Dust | get to do the choosing.
bklyn dot org | Bunny Mfg. |

David Sheldon
2003-12-15, 13:17
On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 08:31:26PM -0700, Wayne & Lauri Linder wrote:
> p.s. Love my squeezebox! Not a problem to be found (except the MP2
> skipping).

If you have a machine where lame works, you can convert the mp2 files on
the fly:

Edit types.conf, find the line that says
mp3 mp2,mp3 audio/mpeg

replace it with 2 lines
mp2 mp2 audio/mpeg
mp3 mp3 audio/mpeg

Then edit convert.conf, and add the pair of lines:

mp2 mp3 squeezebox *
$lame$ --silent --mp3input -b 96 $FILE$ -

This will transcode mp2 files to mp3 on the server if the client is a
squeezebox.

This works as an interim fix, but it would be nice if the squeezebox
could play mp2s directly. Is this likely to happen?

David
--
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they found out my parents were married.
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