[vcf-midatlantic] why all my email is plain text

Jeffrey Jonas jeffrey.scott.jonas at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 19:53:38 UTC 2021

I have been a rather effective email user since the 80s.
It's the MESSAGE that counts. The CONTENT.
Not the glitz, cute fonts, colors, icons, logos, stickers, emojis or
other decorations.

panix is my main ISP (Internet Service Provider).
I usually ssh into their NetBSD server and use the PINE email program.
It's fast, responsive, and allows me to manage my email effectively.
It also means that it's nearly impossible for malware, spyware,
tracking cookies and other HTML atrocities to run.
[admittedly, PINE has a LYNX ability to text-display HTML].

I archive emails by person or topic.
Those are plain text files, so I can GREP them
and easily use any editor to manipulate the content.

HTML emails are usually 3x the file size of plain text.
That counts against my disk quota.
I don't appreciate folks filling my files with fluff.

I prefer the digest so I get complete conversations
albeit delayed up to a day.

-- jeff jonas

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