I'm going to jump in here for a minute.
I use Virus software, and each PC on my small network has it. It is set to
run FULL auto with update installations, auto scanning for incoming,
outgoing, etc. It has to be one of the biggest pains in the @$$ that I deal
with every day. It takes time for scanning incoming and outgoing messages,
time for the updates to be gotten and installed and time to deal with the
pop-ups when the scanner detects a problem. It also lags the PC's bigtime
when doing its operations, with a slow mouse, slow program response and so
forth. I estimate that this adds at least an extra 30 minutes to my day on
About 4 years ago, a virus wiped out my entire system. The time it took to
get back up and running, plus recover data (much was lost forever) took
about a week to shake all of the nuances out and be 100% running. After
that, I swore to myself that I would never NOT run scanning software
regardless of the time or cost. I've been virus-free since then, while many
people that I know continue to have problems.
I need to get attachments, and I need to be able to send and receive html
and rich emails. Most of the people I deal with send plain text whenever
possible, and I do the same for them, but the fact is that the graphical
representations that can be used are fabulous for a higher level of display,
getting points across, and so forth.
Back in the late 80's and early 90's one might use plain text exclusively,
but at this time, using plain text exclusively 1)_makes_no_sense_ and 2)
_isn't_necessary_. The only people that limit themselves to plain text are
either old-school developers and programmers, or extremely paranoid people.
I would question any of my developers or programmers who only used plain
text exclusively, and would also wonder why they didn't use scanning
software. It's all about progress. Some people refuse to roll with the
changes, embracing new technology, and using the great new tools and
technology that we have at our disposal.
Why do people refuse to change?? What is wrong with the latest technology?
Is it _intelligent_ for one to stay in the dinosaur age of computers? Plain
text only? No virus scanner? You've got to be kidding me.
Analogy; the car. Old cars are great classics, but I'll take the newer
model, complete with front and side air bags.
p.s. - I love you all! ;)