Email Parcel Post is Good!

Cutler, James R james.cutler at
Fri May 25 12:13:18 UTC 2001

Various people are alleged to have said things like:

     "file transfer by email is evil"
Business Response:

"Parcel Post" is just as valid for electronic media as it is for physical
media.  Of course it would be stupid, most of the time, to use email to
transfer the Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (~100 Megabytes), but it can be
done.  (It truth, I have never mailed an attachment larger than 50

The business arguments for casual exchange of documents using email are, I
believe, strong.  Creation of an FTP site or a Web site is NOT a good idea
for the casual user, even ignoring the difficulty of explaining how to make
one work using a transient IP address.  Security and support are difficult
enough today without adding that complication.

Arbitrarily denying the use of email for file transfer is, in and of itself,
tortuous interference with legitimate business of others.
James R. Cutler - EDS
800 Tower Drive, Troy, MI 48098
1 248 265 7514
james.cutler at

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