One particular incident :
A graphics artist sent me some images for a site I work on.
The person thought I had windoze, so saved them as .bmp.
Then ran them through StuffIt! to create an archive.
This archive was then Apple DoubleByte encoded (like uuencode
I take it), which was then base64 MIME encoded as an e-mail
attachement to me.
Now I don't run windoze, nor Mac OS. Many people find this
hard to understand. I run Linux 99% of the time, an OS many
people find hard to understand.
I smelt trouble as soon as I read the e-mail. It was a .sea
(self-extracting archive). Ugh. file(1), however, claimed it
was a StuffIt! archive. A glance at the macbinary header
corroberated this. Well, having no desire to get near
a Mac, I poked around for a stuffit decompressor for linux.
But, StuffIt! being a proprietary format and Aladin software being
in the ranks of those that don't understand Linux, I was SOL.
So I grundingly boot windoze and de-stuff the archive. What
am I rewarded with : some bad scans from a fax! I'm supposed to
use this to make them a nice web site? Like hell, I say.
So, the Macintosh way of doing graphics is :
take pager, fax it to someone, scan in the fax, save as
the worst image format going, compress it, add extra info
to the header, turn it into an all-ascii representation, then
send it using another all-ascii representation.
I'm not even making this up.