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Question about downloads and attachments

by grandpaw7 / March 5, 2005 10:45 AM PST

I got an email from a friend that had two attachments, described in the email as follows:

Attachment : Anti-Road_Rage.wmv (1.01 MB), 1Anti-Theft.wmv (2.20 MB. (Hotmail's Trend and my AVG both okayed them.)

When I clicked on each of these, I was able to download the graphics they contained.

When I went to forward the email to another friend (and to myself to check how it came out), that email showed the following as an attachment:

Attachments: message5.txt(< 0.01 MB)

When I clicked on that attachment and downloaded and opened, I got a blank Notepad page. (The email to me had not text other than the gobbablygook in the heading.)

I'm just wondering why the email I sent didn't give access to the attachments I received? And I'm wondering what I should have done in order that my friend get the attachments?

I'm not interested in these particular attachments. But I just want to see if I can understand what happened in order to educate myself about such matters for future use.

Thanks, grandpaw

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by rattlinbones / March 5, 2005 11:26 AM PST

Hello grandpaw7. I hope that like me and as your name infers, we are both grandpa's? What email program are you using? Microsoft Outlook has a draconian thingee that stops access to attachments. There are a couple of ways around it. The first and best is to get youself a copy of Firefox. It is a better browser and has an inbuilt email program. The second do a search on Google for a little app called "attachment options", when installing follow the instructions and you should be okay.

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by rattlinbones / March 5, 2005 11:45 AM PST

Mozilla Firefox does not have its own inbuilt email app as I previously stated, you have to download Mozilla Thunderbird. Believe me, it is worth the effort.

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If you are using Hotmail
by glb613 / March 5, 2005 7:21 PM PST

there is a bug that causes this problem. I have several friends with Hotmail accounts and they have the same problem. So far, no fix is available.

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Thanks to rattlinbones and glb
by grandpaw7 / March 5, 2005 9:55 PM PST

I use Hotmail, so now I know the problem is with it. I primarily use Firefox and have installed Thunderbird. But like the guy who couldn't stop drinking I haven't yet been able to wean myself off of Hotmail, the old dog, new tricks syndrome. Maybe now I will.

Yes, indeed, rattlinbones, I am a granpa. If I had known it was so much fun, I would have been born one.


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