This article is from the Apple II Csa2 FAQ, by Jeff Hurlburt with numerous contributions by others.
So, you have been told that you cannot get ftp or http files or images, right? Of course, you cannot read .pdf files either because you have an obsolete computer, right? Well, you are told wrong! There is a list that you can subscribe to which tells you all you need to know about emailing efficiently. It is called "ACCMAIL". To subscribe write to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM with message in body: subscribe accmail your.id and you should be on. You can change the setting to digest, too, (which I recommend). So, how do you get ftp files? There are a number of addresses which will send you ftp files which accmail tells about. I use firstname.lastname@example.org to get ftp files by email. I think that by sending HELP to that address you will get the rules of how to do it. How about surfing the net? Well, I send messages to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with SUBJECT anything (it will be ignored) and message: get http://www .... .html (i.e. the URL of the document) You can expect to receive the www-document in your email box. If you need to look at the source files of the www-page, send message: get http://www .... .html You also may simply send message HELP to the above addresses, if your request fails. This way you will find out whether or not you made a mistake in sending your request. If the http-URL is too long (more than one line), you may expect problems. Some of the servers will send you image files, too, like .gif or .jpg files. I get these files as file attachments in my mailbox. You have to experiment to see what works for you. Some files are ready to use, others (uuencode or mime) need to be decoded with BISCIT. Search engines? Yes, they are available, too. You need to know about http-URLs on keyword1 and keyword2? Send message to email@example.com. In the body write this: search keyword1 keyword2 Voila, you are in business. If the http-URL contains a pdf-file, send message to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com with message: http://www .... .pdf and you will get the file back in text format. If you want the pdf-files back in html-format, that can be done by replacing "txt" in the URLs with "htm". I use Proterm 3.1 for surfing by email and have my favorite addresses available as macros. By: Rubywand