[Desktop_printing] [Unacceptable] Hotel reservations - Printi ng Summit

McDonald, Ira imcdonald at sharplabs.com
Thu Mar 2 10:04:31 PST 2006

Hi John,

Thanks for that plaintext form - we'll all use it.

But there's another MUCH more important reason NEVER to send
any attachment in '.doc' (MS Word) format - there are free
hacker tools out there that insert viruses into MS Word
documents and there are many insecure SMTP mail forwarding
machines in the Internet infrastructure (i.e., between senders
and receivers).

Thus, when I consulted for Xerox, sending an MS Word attachment
would result in a nasty note from their network support folks.

There is literally NEVER a good reason to exchange a document
only in MS Word format.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
phone: +1-906-494-2434
email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cherry [mailto:cherry at osdl.org]
> Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 12:55 PM
> To: McDonald, Ira
> Cc: desktop_printing at osdl.org; 'tshillin at lanier.com'
> Subject: RE: [Desktop_printing] [Unacceptable] Hotel reservations -
> Printi ng Summit
> On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 09:32 -0800, McDonald, Ira wrote:
> > Hi John,
> > 
> > This is a Linux/open software conference!!!
> > 
> > Forcing all of the attendees to fill out and return a form 
> > only in MS Word proprietary format is just plain unacceptable.
> I agree with you completely.  However, the world is filled with non-OO
> users and a .doc format is still the common "office" format 
> (i.e. can be
> written/read by OO).
> > 
> > This is a very simple registration form that could EASILY be
> > transferred in a plaintext email.
> Absolutely.  I have attached a plain text form of the hotel 
> registration
> below.  This would work just fine for submitting your hotel info.
> John

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