[xj] ignoring tests

Hello Chaps,
The reason for my test was as was stated in the test, I’d like to
find a good format for composing emails to this group. For instance,
we all know that the format must be in “plain text”, not the “rich
text” format that is default in MS Outlook. For instance, this
posting probably does not look good to most of you, it has funny line
returns and chopped lines, yes??? Now listen up, if anyone can tell
me how to page setup MSWord, how to save it as text or whatever to do
this, please advise me, I welcome it.

I posted the other day the question regarding upper cylinder
lubricants. And, I’m researching the www to find some authoritative
info. Got some so far but still working on it. (Any help
appreciated, any SAE people out there that can research SAE
documents???). Anyway, when I get it all together it’ll probably be
longer than the usual xj-lovers posting with web references and all.
I’d like to compose it on a word processor program, i.e., MSWord and
then paste it over here. However, being the considerate good fellow
that I am, I’m concerned about how it will format across to our email
group.

To those who complain about my posting a test as bad net manners, try
reminding those who reply to posts that including all, in toto, of the
original post is a lot more wasteful and irritating than an occasional
test (to try and make life easier). Guess I’m nit picking now
too!!! Peace.

Cherio - Tom

Actually, Tom, this looks fine. Note also that anything other that plain text
makes emails bigger – RTF makes them lots bigger, thus slower to load – try
Zipping a DOC or RTF and a text file and compare the bloat. Some things
aren’t actually progress, though new. The software business is,
unfortunately, an excellent vehicle for generating any sort of thing that
looks cute and so salable. Some vendors are more exploitive than others in
selling ‘snake oil’ – no names will be mentioned.

The interesting thing to me is that it takes as long, or longer, nowadays to
write and print a 1-page business letter as it did in 1967 on the 1st
time-sharing systems (one at Stanford and one at MIT) that ran 0.2MHz
processors and 15-character/sec printers. Most of what causes that is due to
marketing features – umpteen fonts, eye-candy displays, complex printers,
etc. So, plain text is really still what makes most engineering sense, until
you need a picture of a nice Jag, in which case JPGs or GIFs work efficiently
too, because they’ve been “engineered”, unlike much commercial software.

Alex
79xj6

tom graham wrote:

Hello Chaps,
The reason for my test was as was stated in the test, I’d like to
find a good format for composing emails to this group. For instance,
we all know that the format must be in “plain text”, not the “rich
text” format that is default in MS Outlook. For instance, this
posting probably does not look good to most of you, it has funny line
returns and chopped lines, yes??? Now listen up, if anyone can tell
me how to page setup MSWord, how to save it as text or whatever to do
this, please advise me, I welcome it.

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