We'll make one quick diversion from being OS-neuter here, to show you what it will look like to send and receive a mail message on a Unix system. Check with your system administrator for specific instructions related to mail at your site.
A person sending the author mail would probably do something like this:
% mail firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: print job's stuck I typed `print babe.gif' and it didn't work! Why??
The next time the author checked his mail, he would see it listed in his mailbox as:
% mail "/usr/spool/mail/brendan": 1 messages 1 new 1 unread U 1 email@example.com Tue May 5 20:36 29/956 print job's stuck ?
which gives information on the sender of the email, when it was sent, and the subject of the message. He would probably use the `reply' command of Unix mail to send this response:
? r To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: print job's stuck You shouldn't print binary files like GIFs to a printer! Brendan
Try sending yourself mail a few times, to get used to your system's mailer. It'll save a lot of wasted aspirin for both you and your system administrator.
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