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Posted on 03-05-2004 06:09 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

In my family, we put our pictures on CD, label it and snail-mail it to family
and friends. I'm convinced that this is the best way to send digital pictures.

As a SysAdmin for an ISP, I can tell you that the Internet's mail protocol
(SMTP - Simple Mail Transport Protocol) was not originally designed to do more
than send simple (hence the moniker) text messages, and trying to attach
documents and pictures that are so huge (by SMTP standards) came as an
afterthought, and winds up being counter-productive, especially as many ISPs
have a maximum message size that their mail servers will allow. The Internet
has other protocols specifically designed for sending/receiving documents and
graphics, specifically FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and the more-familiar and
oft-used World-Wide Web (or HTTP - HyperText Transfer Protocol).

Also, sending pictures via e-mail involves extra waiting while your mail
client uploads the picture to your ISPs mail server, and if you're connected
via dialup, that can mean a lot of waiting.

So you may want to consider either setting up a secured Website wherein you
post the pictures, or burning them to CDs that you mail to others.

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