|Date: ||Thu, 20 Sep 2001 11:55:56 -0700|
|Reply-To: ||"Karsten M. Self" <kmself@IX.NETCOM.COM>|
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|From: ||"Karsten M. Self" <kmself@IX.NETCOM.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: OT: How to configure outlook for plain text email?|
from ya.huang@PFIZER.COM on Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 08:38:33AM -0700|
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on Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 08:38:33AM -0700, Huang, Ya (ya.huang@PFIZER.COM) wrote:
> Hi there,
> A few months ago, I got an email telling me that my post looks
> different than others, it has small font. Recently Karsten also
> suggested me to change my email to plain text format since html often
> makes trouble.
> My problem is that my outlook out mail format to has already been set
> to 'plain text', but the email sent out is still html format. I swear
> I did it long time ago, and here is how I did it:
We've witnessed a horrific event, a week ago Tuesday. It didn't come
without warning -- this nation has experienced terrorism attacks for
most of the past decade, including previous attacks and attempts on its
own shores. And it wasn't unimaginable. For the X-Files buffs in the
crowd, an episode of the spinoff show The Lone Gunman featured a plot in
which terrorists planning on slamming an airliner into the World Trade
Center were thwarted.
In a similar vein, the problems associate with email clients which
execute untrusted content with no intervention from the user,
particularly when such clients are widespread and provide a fertile
monoculture on which to host hostile attacks, have been known for years.
Attacks to date have largely been crude pranks, the constant theme
running through the Monday-night quarterbacking of the latest MS Outlook
email exploit: ILoveYou, Melissa, Marijuana, Kournikova, Cartolina,
SirCam, nimda, ... is how trivial it would be for the worms to be
modified to be truly destructive.
We had one wakeup call last Tuesday. What are the rest of you waiting
for? This war has been escalating since 1999 and before. Your email
system need not be the fastest way to turn your systems against
Do you really want to be in the position of explaining to your boss,
employees, customers, and shareholders, with the smoking wreck of your
datacenter in the background, how three years and more of advance notice
wasn't sufficient to avert disaster?
> In outlook, go to 'tools' menu, then 'options' then choose 'plain
> text' for mail format.
My understanding is that this should do it. I haven't used Outlook in
well over two years, not sure where the current settings are.
A friend has provided the following tips for normalizing Outlook mail:
Fixing quoting problems with Microsoft Outlook
As a large number of people use Microsoft Outlook, ("Outlook is a
security hole that also happens to be an e-mail client", Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols ) despite the many security exploits associated
with the program, to say nothing of its flouting of Internet mail
standards, I've assembled the following directions to achieve a
closer conformance with Internet mail standards. To set linewrap,
quote character, and non-HTML mail preferences:
From the "Tools" menu, chose "Options...".
To set Plain Text as the default format:
Click the "Send" tab. Under "Mail Sending Format", select
To wrap lines at 72 characters:
While still on that same tab, click the "Plain Text
Settings" button to bring up the "Plain Text Settings"
dialog. Edit the value of the "Automatically wrap text at __
characters, when sending" field to 72.
To set the prefix character:
While still on the "Plain Text Settings" dialog, ensure that
the "Indent the original text with __ when replying or
forwarding" field is checked, and that "> " is selected in
the drop box. (Both should be so by default.)
Thanks to Dan Martinez for this information.
1. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols "The best way to stop 'ILOVEYOU' is to
stop using Outlook." Sm@rt Reseller.
> I've talked to our IT department, and they couldn't figure out what
> went wrong.
> Any idea?
> Ya Huang
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