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Actual spam in HTML via MS Word versus the same thing in plaintext. The HTML version is 16.0 kilobytes. The Text version is 2.0 kilobytes. That's a factor of 8 times the size. If your bandwidth stays constant, HTML mail means a factor of 8 increase in download times. No thanks!


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Why "Smorgasborg"?

I once got an email:

Smorgasborg is spelled smörgåsbord
if you refer to a buffet in swedish.
(smörgås is a sandwich and bord a table in swedish)

That's all i had to say apart from:
nice website!

Peter Hammar

...and I replied:

I know it's misspelled. I like it that way.

This is actually a Frequently Asked Question :-) But thanks!

- Joe

Pronouncing it

In May 2003 Andreas Brantmo asked me if I knew how to pronounce smorgasbord. I replied that Merriam Webster has a pronunciation. Good enough?

...he replied:

Well, it's good - but not good enough though :)
As a sign of friendship between us I send you the CORRECT pronunciation to avoid any future problems ;)

Smörgås = Sandwich
Bord = Table
Smör = Butter
Gås = Goose (bird)

So in English it would be "Sandwich Table" or "Butter Goose Table".