Dealing with OT--HTML archives and Daily Digest

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From: Mike Czuhajewski (wa8mcq@erols.com)
Date: Wed Dec 05 2001 - 19:03:22 CST


I see it's time for one of my occasional advertisements for the HTML
archives as an alternate method to reading QRP-L. This is NOT for everyone,
but many people find this to be the best method for them. If you want the
steady flow of posts as they appear, this is not for you. The HTML archives
do NOT give you real-time access but it does simplify things in some ways.

You must have a browser to do this; if you have e-mail only, you can't do
it. (But don't feel left out; you can still use the Daily Digest, covered
later.) Go to this URL--

http://listserv.lehigh.edu/lists/Archives/qrp-l/

and you are there. You will see a long list of posts. Simply scan down the
list until you see a subject line that looks interesting. Click on the
subject and it hyperlinks you to the message. Hit the <BACK> button to
return to the list, and repeat until you get to the bottom. The list
typically contains postings going back several days before they "scroll off
the top," so if you're unable to check in for a day or three you can catch
up quickly. (And you can always go to the long term archives at lehigh.edu
to catch up on older things you missed.)

Here are some advantages: You do not clutter up your inbox with a lot of
traffic, risking the chance that something important might be overlooked.
You do not spend a lot of time "hitting delete." There's nothing wrong with
looking at each post in your inbox and hitting delete when you realize
you're not interested, but it takes a finite amount of time to work through
a large inbox that way. Some people like it that way, some do not. It's a
personal thing.

(You also don't have to worry about setting up e-mail filters. Some people
don't like messing with those, others don't care. Again, it's a personal
thing.)

Some disadvantages: The posts are not stored on your computer; if you want
to keep a copy for future reference, you have to save it yourself. Also, the
posts are not real-time. If something comes up for sale you will not have
the chance to jump on it; all you can do is helplessly read an offer,
followed by another post saying it's spoken for. And if you suddenly need a
quick QRP fix, you might find that the archive list hasn't been updated
recently and there's nothing new. (New posts don't appear immediately. I
don't know the exact schedule, but it is updated several times a day.)

Another potential disadvantage is that using the HTML archives does require
being constantly connected to the Internet for the duration of the session.
I'm sure there are still a lot of people who have to pay long distance rates
to dial into their provider, and this can get expensive.

At the top and bottom of the list is a command bar. You can select to have
the view sorted by thread, subject, date or author. The date view lists them
in chronological order, as received at lehigh.edu, while the thread view--my
usual choice--lists things according to discussion thread. (A slight
drawback is that not everything in a thread gets listed together unless the
subject line is repeated exactly. If it's spelled a bit differently it will
appear elsewhere.) You can click on a different view button at any time to
have them resorted.

Another option for viewing QRP-L is the Daily Digest. This is a once a day
compilation of 24 hour's worth of postings sent out via e-mail. It's only a
single entry in the inbox, but a big one. I checked the size of the last 8
days digests, and with one exception they were all well over 100K each. This
gives you the full set of postings in one big gulp, and then you can log off
if you're paying long distance rates :-)

The digest comes with an indexed table of contents at the top, with a list
of the postings and a serial number. You can scan the table of contents for
things of interest, then page down to read them. This is another good option
for those who don't want the clutter of constant mail filling their inbox,
and don't mind the lack of real-time receipt. And over the years there has
been a huge number of people who have left QRP-L precisely because they
couldn't handle the traffic flow; many of them make a point of publicly
unsubscribing and make the reason quite clear. The Daily Digest or HTML
archives could quite possibly have saved some of them.

Myself, I use the HTML archives to keep up on what's going on without having
to read it all, as well as receiving the daily digest to store on my hard
drive for future reference.

To subscribe to the daily digest, go to the QRP-L homepage at

http://qrp.lehigh.edu/lists/qrp-l/

and click on "Join the List and other list commands."

Scroll down to "Receive QRP-L in digest mode - SET QRP-L MAIL DIGEST" and
click on that. That will bring up a preaddressed e-mail form for you to
send. The body will already have the command in it. Or if you have e-mail
only, send mail to

listserv@Lehigh.EDU

and put SET QRP-L MAIL DIGEST in the text.

Again, both the HTML archives and the Daily Digest are not for everyone, but
for many people they can make QRP-L much easier to deal with.

73 and queue our pea DE WA8MCQ


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