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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 76. TCP/IP ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGE FORMATS AND MESSAGE PROCESSING: RFC 822 AND MIME

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The advantages of using computers for communication are obvious, but some limitations are also imposed by the use of computer technology. When I compare electronic mail (email) to regular mail, I always point out that email is much faster and more flexible in how it can be delivered, and this is true. An email message can reach its destination in seconds, while a conventional letter can take days.

However, one significant drawback of using computers to communicate is that they are not very flexible in figuring out how to understand messages. Consider that ...

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