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Draicone draicone at
Fri Oct 6 06:24:11 BST 2006

I'm sure earlier versions of Outlook had such an option, but it only
worked on Exchange Server and the email had to be sent to a fellow
Outlook user. In addition, the user was given an option whether to
send a 'message read' receipt (as it was called), but in the end this
feature had to be cut due to the privacy issue. You won't find any
such option on Linux as far as I'm aware.

> HTML Protector, a JavaScript encryption program that I use to remind would-be plagiarists (thieves) to respect copyright on my websites.

Just so you know, the actual code behind this has nothing to do with
Linux. I assume you mean using some sort of application to confuse
people copying and pasting your text when it returns a series of
unintelligible numbers (%20%4B%82 etc.). The easiest option would just
be to type javascript:urlencode('Your text here') into your browser's
address bar and copy the result back into your document (you'll lose
newlines, so be careful to do it paragraph by paragraph). Google HTML
entities for more info. (Note to other users - is there a basic Java,
i.e. cross platform, app that urlencode()s and urldecode()s?)

On 10/6/06, Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at> wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:39:04 +1000
> "Andre Mangan" <andremangan at> wrote:
> > 2. Message Tag, to advise me when an email that I have sent has been
> >    'opened' by the recipient.
> Not to rain on your parade or anything .... but
> 1) The concept is dangerous: a spammer's dream - all a spammer has to do
> is tag messages to be assured they have been read by the recipient,
> assuming the recipient uses an html-enabled client because it
> 2) Doesn't work with non-html mail ( side note - yet another excellent
> reason for using plain text only for mail)
> Quote from mstag's  own website:
> "Since the launch of MSGTAG, it has enjoyed a very high tag strike rate.
> However, there are rare occasions when a tag will not be triggered. Some
> email security products designed to filter out spam and viruses also
> inadvertently block the tags produced by MSGTAG; [My comment: Notice the
> misuse of the word "inadvertently" here]  and the forthcoming version of
> Outlook (2003) will enable users to block external images, [My Comment:
> Can you work out why? ]  thus allowing them to block MSGTAG's tags.
> However, it's likely that many users will not use this feature — and
> MSGTAG will continue to work for non-Outlook recipients." [Translation: We
> are banking on users continuing to be naive and unaware of what can be
> done with remote html for tracking and information,  ]
> There would be a reason why MS finally decided to block external images...
> a cursory glance at any email security information source would explain
> why ...
> 3) Is arguably a gross invasion of privacy
> This isn't intended as an attack on you for liking the program :-)
> I can understand why people like it. I just think using such a thing is ...
> shall we say at best naive, at worst invasive.
> Unfortunately I can't answer your other questions, so I hope you won't
> consider me curmudgeonly for criticising this program....
> Sincerely,
> Peter
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