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Thu, 28 Nov 1996 16:48:54

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but in 6 months you will be glad you saved this information when you
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to, or what is the command to leave the list to avoid filling up your
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him but you will probably be excused the first time. If you do it
regularly, however, he will probably get upset and send you a nasty
complaint. It is the same with mailing lists, with the difference that
you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at the same time, so a
lot more people get annoyed if you use the wrong number.

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