Ubuntu and Multimedia (audio, in particular)

Carroll Grigsby cgrigs at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 11 03:49:28 UTC 2006

Michael Richter wrote:
> On 11/01/06, Carroll Grigsby <cgrigs at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>Does your BIOS allow you to disable the onboard sound?
> I'm afraid it doesn't.  That was the first thing I looked for.
>>BTW -- please lose the HTML; it's inappropriate for mail lists.
> I've not found any setting in gmail that permits me to turn off HTML. 
> I'm interested, though: what mail reader made in the past decade
> doesn't cope with HTML?  (I'm not trying to be snarky -- I'm genuinely
> intrigued that there's anything like that in use anymore.)  I'll try
> something here, but I'm not sure it's going to work.

There are several reasons for objecting to HTML-formatted mail:

1. HTML-formatted mail messages are larger than plain text messages. 
Also, bigger messages take longer to download and take up more storage 
space. Not everyone has broadband, and some of the list members pay by 
the byte.

2. HTML-formatted messages do _not_ convey any more information than do 
plain text messages.

3. Some folks (not me) use text-based mail readers, and trying to find 
the message amongst all of the HTML coding is not an easy task. And even 
KMail (which I used for a long time) defaults to showing the HTML code. 
In fact, IIRC, KMail not only gives a warning when it encounters an HTML 
message, but it displays it in source form.

4. HTML messages can be used to do bad things to the recipient, as you 
may see if you examine the source code in some spam -- particularly 
phishing expeditions.

I'm sorry, but having never used gmail I can't tell you how to kill the 
HTML, but I do know that it can be done. I've been on several other 
Linux lists through the years (Red Hat, Fedora, Mandrake/Mandriva) where 
posting in HTML is strongly frowned upon to the extent that some list 
members filter all HTML stuff directly to the bit bucket unread.

Thanks for asking...

Oh yeah, sorry that the BIOS thing didn't work. I had to go that route 
when I built this system which has an ASUS motherboard with what proved 
to be an unusable onboard audio chip. Popped in a cheap PCI card, 
disabled the onboard chip and I now have usable sound.

-- cmg

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