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    Dear Biomch-l readers,

    A few days ago, a new BIOMCH-L subscriber wanted to send a personal note to me.
    By mistake, he posted it to BIOMCH-L@HEARN with the SEND/FILE command; by con-
    sequence, his note seems to have been distributed all over the world. As it was
    in Dutch, the memo must have looked like Alice in Wonderland's Jabberwocky to
    most of you.

    While he has apologized for his mistake, the incident illustrates that BIOMCH-L
    can be used to disseminate real files to the readership (at least on EARN/BIT-
    NET/NETNORTH): while email postings should be in alphanumerical format with up
    to 80 characters per line, SEND/FILE (VAX/VMS) and corresponding commands on
    other systems accomodate other formats such as alpha-numerical material with
    more than 80 characters/line and binary code.

    Files submitted to BIOMCH-L in this way are not archived in the BIOMCH-L LOGnnmm
    files (nn=year, e.g., 89; mm=month, e.g., 09). In the received file, the
    originator's address was identified as LISTSERV@HEARN, no indication was
    provided that the file was distributed via the BIOMCH-L list, and the identity
    of the original poster was not given (fortunately, the file itself identified
    the originator). I believe that this is an unfortunate property of LISTSERV,
    and Ton van den Bogert and I will consider whether to maintain the FILES=YES
    option in the BIOMCH-L profile.

    Let me take this opportunity to confirm my change of email address: the current
    and past addresses EXWOLT@HEITUE5 and WWTMHJW@HEITUE5 are being phased out, and
    the new address is ELERCAMA@HEITUE5.EARN.

    With kind regards -- Herman J. Woltring
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands.