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Subject: Re: Purpose of digests ?
From: dattier @ wwa . com (David W. Tamkin)
Date: Tue, 16 May 1995 13:38:37 -0500 (CDT)
To: kr @ shell . portal . com (kr)
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: <v02110101abdda906c560 @ DialupEudora> from "kr" at May 16, 95 03:01:36 am

Markus Krummenacker wrote,

K> At 14:52 5/15/95, David W. Tamkin wrote:

T> Third, on some systems users are limited in the number of mail items they
T> may receive or store as well as (or instead of) by the byte count of their
T> mailboxes, and digests help them stay under quota;
T> 
T> Fourth, on systems that charge for receiving email by the byte count of the
T> incoming letter, invariably there is a block size, and you pay for whole
T> blocks, the final fractional block of the letter costing you the same as
T> a whole one.  For such subscribers, digests are a godsend because fewer
T> fractions are wasted.

K> Thanx for telling us about these two points. The first time I have heard
K> about these issues. Sounds pretty brain-dead to me. :-)
K> 
K> Does anybody have an idea (or actual data) regarding how large a fraction
K> of Internet users have to suffer under such conditions ?

I believe that "third" applies to America OnLine [the "as well as" phrase
but not the "instead of" alternative].  "Fourth" is the case for CompuServe
customers billed on their Standard Plan.


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