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Garbled text on gmail attachment

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Selwyn, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. Selwyn

    Selwyn Thread Starter

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    Hi, Guys! Long time no see!!
    I hope someone out there can help me. This is what happened:-
    I was abroad in the U.S. and wrote a simple notepad file and saved it as a .txt file.
    I then attached it to gmail and sent it to myself for safekeeping for when I got home.
    When I tried to open it all that came up was about 30-40 pages of a garbled character set.

    I tried every single one of the available character-set options - zilch!
    I then went into Google help and apparently they know of the problem because they offer a solution; they also ask you to send them the file PLUS all the recovered headings to the letter. This I also did.
    They have not responded; I have also tried faxing a letter to their San Francisco office AND their U.K. office - no response; neither do they answer their phones.

    I have attached the file - it would be marvellous if someone out there can help me.....this is part of a travelogue and I desperately need the material......
    Hoping............
    Selwyn Rose
     

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  2. VistaRookie

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    Did you do this on an Apple Computer? Also there is reference to
    pictures (JPGs)? It wouldn't be simple text if you included pictures.

    Nonetheless, it should have been OK as an attachment. Is it
    possible you used Word and this is a .DOC file?
     
  3. Selwyn

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    Hi, Vistarookie!

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply, I appreciate it!

    No, it was written on a Microsoft machine.

    It was a simple straightforward (English).txt file on Notepad.

    At one point in time I DID cut/paste it on to WORD and saved it separately in order to fax it to Google and also to try and decode it in that format, but the one I posted here is the original as sent to myself.........

    I had written it in preparation for an HTML webpage and I may have used some <P > script parameters just to short-cut the later work and to remind myself how I wanted to set out the paragraphs, etc.

    As far as I can recall there were NO photos in the document (I had not yet sorted my photos and categorized them), but - again - I may possibly have included just the <img src> script to remind me where I wanted to place eventual photos.

    Hope you can help.............

    Selwyn
     
  4. VistaRookie

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    Here is the copy that appears in ascii. Maybe something will look familiar?

     
  5. Selwyn

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    Hi, VistaRoookie - no I'm afraid not; this looks like a simple list of ascii codes. If they were deciphered they MAY produce something but I'm not sure about that............I'm really stuck. Anyway, Thanks mightily for trying............
    Selwyn.
     
  6. VistaRookie

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    You may have already done this, but one last thing to check.
    Since you sent it from Google, check your sent items folder.
    There might be a readable copy there.

    I am out of ideas. Maybe someone else can offer something.
     
  7. Selwyn

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    Thanks - I'll give it a try and let you know..................
    Selwyn
     
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    Sorry VistaRookie - no luck; the attached file in the sent mail folder is identical - but again - thanks for trying.
    Lets hope someone else comes up with an idea.
    Selwyn
     
  9. Selwyn

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    Hi, VistaRookie !

    You know - on second thoughts - I was a little bit hasty in assuting you that I had been using a Microsoft machine - in fact at that particular juncture I was indeed using a brand new "stand-alone" Apple - safari waork station!! Would that make any difference to your ability to advise me?

    Selwyn
     
  10. VistaRookie

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    The reason I brought it up was because of this line of text
    appearing in your file. At least now we have a reasonable
    explanation of why it was in there.

    Copyright 2007 Apple Inc., all rights reserved.

    If you will look through the text I pulled out of your file,
    you will also see considerable mention of Word.
    Which makes me think this would be a Word document.
    If that is indeed a possibility, then the file will have to be
    read on an Apple/Mac. If you could borrow one, maybe
    from a school, library or friend, you might be able to
    solve the mystery.
     
  11. Selwyn

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    Hi, VistaRookie! - Do you know, I think you may have come up with the right solution!!

    It may take a day or two for me to seek out a Mac - but I will surely let you know the outcome.

    "Good thinking, Robin!"

    Selwyn.
     
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