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let's torture and kill virus writers

First, and WAY off topic, Outlook Express (and all of IE5) should be
installed in a corporate environment from a local server.  The admin runs
the System Administration Kit (or whatever it is officially called now)
and makes a local package with the appropriate local defaults and
settings.  This way, every machine in the corporate system has the correct
security defaults, the correct home page, the correct proxies, and so on.

Second, most MS Office users are not technically skilled.  Some are very
afraid of their machines.  Most people send Office documents by selecting
the "File/Send To" menu item, which sends the document as an attachment
through Outlook Express.  The really sophisticated open "My Computer" and
right-click the icon to choose "Send To."  I have had to talk people
through saving a document as RTF so I could read it.

-- Mike

On 2000-05-04 at 14:45 -0400, Derek Martin wrote:

> I think it's partially a matter of education and partially one of time.
> For example, here, we are a mostly linux environment, and neither Paul nor
> I have much experience with Outlook.  We wouldn't know to look for it,
> because it doesn't make sense that there should be such a feature.
> But, even if you did know, every time you set up a PC you have to go in
> and make sure its disabled.  Many people just aren't that dilligent,
> especially since the average IT person has way more than enough to do
> without having to worry about so-called "small issues" such as this one.
* * *
> So the puzzle is this: Why do management types insist that they need to do
> this?  They'll save money on disk space and administration time by getting
> rid of this stuff.  It takes one sentence to ask a business associate
> "Please send ASCII text documents, no MS Word attachments."  But no one
> will listen to this argument.  I've made this point to people in the past
> and they either seem to think I'm joking, or they just ignore me entirely.

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