Fravia's FAQ
~ September 2007 ~

Some info you should (MUST) read before writing to me, since I'm fed up having to answer always the same questions. I know that the following is a little long, but believe me, people still ask me the same useless questions since much too many years, so I'm desperate.

Also very useful (will improve your weblife): mother of all faqs.
Among other pearls, you'll read (and maybe head) the following:

Before asking any question do the following:
  1. Try to find an answer by searching the Web
  2. Try to find an answer by reading a manual
  3. Try to find an answer by reading a FAQ
  1. Try to find an answer by inspection or experimentation
  2. Try to find an answer by asking a skilled friend
  3. Try to find an answer by reading the source code
When you ask your question, display the fact that you have done these things first; this will help establish that you're not being a lazy sponge and wasting people's time. Better yet, display what you have learned from doing these things. We like answering questions for people who have demonstrated that they can learn from the answers


I don't like useless attachments (especially those coming from people using Micro$oft's bugged outlook) that aggravate my emailboxes: turn them off. If you don't know how to turn them off, read the snippet how to get rid of silly attachments. This is very important, especially for newbies.


This older FAQ of mine could also answer some eventual questions


Q: Hey, may I link to your page?
A: Please do. It's up to you. You do not need my authorisation. If you do link, then please comment your links: links without comments are completely useless.

Q: Hey, I put a link to you on my page. Now will you link to my page?
A: NO! I may, eventually, if your page is outstanding, which I doubt. Yet I'm slow. It may take ages. Don't count on that. Send me your URL a couple of times. Wait four to six months and see what happens.

Q: Why don't you put some kind of order in your messy site?
A: My pages have to be understood. It's a maze on purpose. I don't want to make things much too easy for lamers and 'me too' leechers. Yet there are various 'kinds' of orders you can apply. Find them. Else forget it and learn how to search

Q: Hey, some of your links don't work!
A: Yes, thanks. Will take some time... you see, running a site like mine is a little like keeping those 'Chinese dishes' spinning on their poles... you keep running from a section to the other trying to keep the momentum... fixing links is important, yet it is NOT a priority. Send me a list of them. Wait some time. If I have not fixed them please, by all means, send me the 404 once more. Yet don't forget that once having learned how to search you will not need many links any more.

Q: I like your page a lot! How can I make a cool site like yours?
A: I don't know. No idea. I used the very good ultraedit in windows when I started and am now using the excellent Bluefish in GNU-linux. And I started from scratch.
A good idea is to avoid frames, flash and similar crap, also never never use those 'frontpage' bloated things: always code your html pages yourself, per hand, and have just some -well chosen- images. Be warned, however: if you have gathered and, even more inportant: if you can produce some content your site will florish by itself, else forget it and learn how to search first... you'll find more answers than you deserve.

Q: Do you happen to have file/program so_and_so? I really really need it, because (insert sad story here).
A: Unfortunately no, sorry. You may try to use a so called "search engine"
Else forget such needs until you learn how to search

Q: Where can I find file/program so_and_so? I really really need it, because (insert sad story here).
A: No idea, sorry. You may try to use a so called "search engine"
Else forget such needs until you learn how to search

Q: I already (did read the faq / perused your site / made a lot of efforts / made everything you told me to do). Can't you just tell me where to get file/program so_and_so? I really really need it, because (insert sad story here).
A: No idea, sorry. You may try to use a so called "search engine"
Else forget such needs until you learn how to search

Q: How does IRC work? Where should I myself IRC?
A: No idea, sorry. I do not IRC and consider it to be the absolute waste of time. I even despise the very verb 'chatting' :-) You may try to use a so called "search engine" and search for "internet relay chat."
Else forget such puerile needs until you learn how to search
This said there is a small subsection of this site (by Kane) that deals with irc searches.

Q: Hey! I sent you a very good essay a week ago and you still have not published it!
A: Sorry. Probably went lost, especially if you used Outlook, which is seriously bugged. Try once more as PASTED TEXT in your email.
Also, please remeber to use personalized subjects! My filters will throw away emails with generic subjects like "I thought you were interested in..." or "Re: Why did you not answer...", since such tricks are frequently used by the beasty spammers. Always put 'personalized' terms like "searchlores" or "fravia" in your subjects.
Anyway wait (at least) a week and then resend PASTED. If it still wont be published try once more later, or try elsewhere. I won't always reply to emails if I don't deem it necessary, even if the information inside has been useful. I am sorry, but I do not have the time to justify my publishing choices. Hope you'll not take it personally and you'll still send (better) essays later on. If not, good luck to you anyway.

Q: Hey! You published an essay of mine some time ago, thanksalot, yet I need to change this and that, because I realised that (my lame searchstring crashes/I did not understand the stuff I was discussing at all/I did not check thoroughly my essay before sending it to you)!
A: You lazy scoundrel! Why didn't you check it better BEFORE? You deserve to wait (and be blamed by all readers) for at least a couple of weeks... should this happen anew I'll slowbomb you!

Q: How can I learn to be a hacker?
A: No idea, sorry. I'm no hacker, I'm not even very interested in hacking. You may try to use a so called "search engine"
Else forget such needs until you learn how to search

Q: How can I learn to be a cracker?
A: Crack on your own old programs, ancient versions, obsolete dos stuff. Reverse the COMPLETE code of a small program you don't have the source code of. Re-write it after having modified the code. Does it work as you wanted (and the original programmer would never have dreamed of)? Voila, you're a cracker. If you really need help in order to CHOOSE what to read, +Mammon_'s site is a magical place that will send you on the most correct path. Yet, even once you have learned how to reverse alien code, don't believe you KNOW anything: Zen cracking is a completely different matter. You'll probably never understand it, "geschweige denn" learn it.

Q: How can I learn to protect better my apps?
A: Please read and study the ad hoc material on my site: you won't ask this again. Should you feel you need to ask this again, you will NEVER learn how to be a good protector, I'm afraid... forget it, there are many other interesting things on the web.

Q: Hey, I'm using MSIE to browse your site and "Kaa-Bum!" I get (total destruction/funny colours/bubbles/Delhi belly/whatever) when I access some of your pages... what should I do?
A: My pages have been prepared ONLY for Opera browsers. Besides, M$IE it's slower AND sloppier AND even more bugged than any other browser! There are some pages of mine that have been expressely MADE in order to explode your M$IE browser, just for the fun of it (I am not politically correct, hehe :-)
Enough reasons for a straight honest answer to all your problems: download and use (and modify and 'panzer') your own copy of Netscape's Navigator, or, even better, your own copy of the very agile (few million bytes) and much more useful Opera browser!

Q: Hey, please! I need some site passwords! You'r a site buster, can't you please...
A: Beggar off.

Q: Please, I'm desperate! I'm not a bad person, and I really need you to (hack/crack/revenge me/fetch a password) inside (my school server/someone's webpage/someone's server/someone really bad and nasty) because (insert sob story here). HELP ME PLEASE!!!
A: Beggar off, you stupid sod.

Q: Hey, you gotta a lot of hits! You know: you could make a lot of money out of them! You could for instance (accept us as sponsors/work for us/publish this ad/enter this webring/set our 'password only' commercial entry area...)
A: Beggar off. I'm not interested in any job you could offer me, unless you'll pay me (and very well) in order to do what I'm doing now and whatever I'll fancy for the future: Donors are always welcome, sponsors ARE NOT: I'm not going to carry ANY awful "sponsorship" banner, nor ANY advertising ads on my pages, NEVER. I'm not to be bought for ANY sum whatsoever, believe it or not. Therefore STOP sending me ridiculous spamming offers! Money does not mean anything to me... try with inside information instead... :-)

Q: Hey, your site is huge, and the telephon bills are huge as well... couldn't you please let me find and/or send me all your pages zipped, so that I can peruse them at leisure?
A: This kind of questions make me sad. How long will I have to tell you, kids, that you should FIRST LEARN HOW TO SEARCH THE NET! If you had done it, you would know how to fetch a whole complete site for free using either special software like websnake or teleport pro, or a wwfetcher (or any good agora server) or even a dedicated script made by yourself. I suggest you to consult my site on-line, because many pages of mine are continuously updated or modified without notice and also because you surely waste so much time already on useless sites on the web that you should for once peruse at leasure when you find some worthy information...

Q: Listen, Since you publish all those nice essays, you must have the addresses of all those good reverses and seekers. Although I never contacted you before, I'm a very nice guy and I need the addresses of X, Y, Z! Could you please, since (insert sob story here), put me in contact with them?
A: Unfortunately no. I lost all those addresses inside a Blowfish :-). If you are serious about recruiting people for this kind of jobs (which I doubt) you should at the very least know how to contact them directly even if you do not have their addresses.

Now, if you still really need something, or if you want to thank for the efforts I have put in these pages, you may contact me.

Get rid of useless attachments

(original by Ben Goetter & Gerald Boyd)

I will start to filter all the mail addressed to me that contain
HTML coding, MIME encoding, and unwanted Micro$oft attachments 
such as WINMAIL.DAT.

I getting deluged with this junk. Will you newbies please, please,
please, turn off this "stuff".

M$-Mail has a feature that allows M$-Mail users to exchange
fully-formatted messages (fonts, italics, etc.), by attaching an RTF
(Rich Text Format) file to the message.  Another M$-Mail user will see
the formatted version, while any other email program will show the ASCII
message plus the attachment.  M$ made this option enabled by default, so
many M$-Mail users have no idea that they are annoying the rest of the 

When Exchange thinks that it is sending mail to another Exchange user on 
the Internet, Exchange (more properly, the Internet Mail message service 
provider) encodes the message, along with attached files, embedded OLE 
objects, and their associated icons, into a special data block called the 
TNEF (pronounced tee-neff) block. This block encapsulates the complete 
original content of the Exchange message, so that the message arrives at 
its destination with all proper formatting intact, including boldface, 
underlining, fonts, and colors. Otherwise, Exchange formats the message 
in an Internet-standard fashion, discarding all rich text attributes and 
ensuring that all attached files appear as standard attachments. 

The problem arises when people not using Exchange or Outlook receive a 
message in the TNEF format: instead of seeing a formatted message, they 
see a big chunk of UUENCODE data if the sender used UUENCODE format, or 
a MIME body part application/ms-tnef if the sender used MIME. Depending 
on which mail program they use, they may either see a long sequence of 
hexadecimal digits, or they may see an attached binary file named 

Here's how to turn it off:
Step #1:
. Double-click on the Mail and Fax icon in Control Panel.
. Click on the Services tab, and select Internet Mail from the list. If
Internet Mail is not listed, click Add - add this service.
. Click Properties, and then Message Format.
 Turn off the option that reads Use MIME when sending messages.
. Click OK and then OK again.

Step #2:
. Double-click on the name of each recipient in your Address Book.
. Turn off the option that reads Always send to this recipient in
Micro$oft rich-text format.
. This option needs to be set for each recipient of a message - if even
one has this turned on, all recipients will still get the attachment.

Note: Either of these methods should work for most users, but sometimes
nothing seems to work - yet another brilliant design strategy by M$.  I
you plan to be sending lots of internet email, you should seriously
consider using a mail program more suited to the task, such as Pegasus
or Eudora.

Note: A bug in Exchange may cause line feeds to be replaced with equal
signs when rich-text mail is disabled.

If other people complain that your messages arrive with gibberish or a
mysterious WINMAIL.DAT file, then try Rich-Text Sentry.

Rich Text Sentry will not work with M$ Office 95 WordMail,
since the WordMail forms don't support client extensibility. For
the same reason, it will not work with the simplified send note
included in the Windows 95 Messaging Update.

To get rid of MIME encoding:
Check your E-mail program and:
Change from:
Content-type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable

Change to:
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Turning HTML off in Outlook Express -- Windows 95.
Go to Tools and then click on Options ...
Go to Edit and then click on Preferences ...
Click on Send and choose Plain Text in Mail sending format.
Do not forget to unmark "Reply to messages using the format 
in which they were sent."

Turning HTML off in Netscape 4.0
This configuration is the same on all platforms: Mac, Win95, Win3.xx,
Linux, ...
Go to Edit and then click on Preferences ...
Click on the plus before mail and groups and click on 'Messages'. Turn
'By default, sent HTML messages' off.
Go to 'More Options' and choose 'Always convert the message into plain
Click on OK and on OK again.

Let's hope you will not send out any more attached crap...

The info above should be enough, yet you may want to read Gerald E. Boyd's  What is wrong with sending HTML and MIME messages? (Configuring Mail Clients to Send Plain ASCII Text), on Boyd's pages that are a TREASURE of information about e-mail handling, searching and downloading


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