Chapter 9: ADVANCED E-MAIL
E-mail by itself is a powerful tool, and by now you may be
sending e-mail messages all over the place. You might even be on a
mailing list or two. But there is a lot more to e-mail than just
sending messages. If your host system does not have access to ftp , or it
doesn't have access to every ftp site on the Net, you can have programs
and files sent right to your mailbox. And using some simple techniques,
you can use e-mail to send data files such as spreadsheets, or even whole
programs, to friends and colleagues around the world.
Files by E-Mail
Encoding program files
Sending files through the mail
A key to both is a set of programs known as encoders and decoders.
For all its basic power, Net e-mail has a big problem: it can't handle
graphics characters or the control codes found in even the simplest of
computer programs. Encoders however, can translate these into forms
usable in e-mail, while decoders turn them back into a form that you can
actually use. If you are using a Unix-based host system, chances are it
already has an encoder and decoder online that you can use. These
programs will also let you use programs posted in several Usenet
newsgroups , such as comp.binaries.ibm.pc.
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