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    Default Stupid Microsoft Files

    I asked my Bank to e-mail my current account statements. The result 'xxx.emc' for which I am offered 'file' as it is a bin file.

    Can I overcome this dilemma?

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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    On 11/20/2012 01:46 PM, johnmidl wrote:
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    > Can I overcome this dilemma?


    ask you bank to resend in pdf, jpg, png, or other "internet standard"..

    or ask Microsoft to provide you with a native linux reader of all their
    formats ;-(

    or ask Google to help: http://tinyurl.com/bv6wcuj

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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    Am 20.11.2012 13:46, schrieb johnmidl:
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    > I asked my Bank to e-mail my current account statements. The result
    > 'xxx.emc' for which I am offered 'file' as it is a bin file.
    >
    > Can I overcome this dilemma?
    >
    >

    google tells me that this is an encrypted file (striata) it seems the is
    a linux software to decrypt it available from them
    http://www.striata.com/striata-reade...?version=linux
    to be sure you could also ask your bank if that is right.

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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    On 2012-11-20 13:46, johnmidl wrote:
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    > I asked my Bank to e-mail my current account statements. The result
    > 'xxx.emc' for which I am offered 'file' as it is a bin file.


    Change bank. Mine uses plain comma separated values (csv), and another
    strange format

    > Can I overcome this dilemma?



    .EMC File Extension

    «File used by Striata Reader, a program that allows users to view
    documents that are encrypted by Striata software; contains an encrypted
    document such as a bill, letter, invoice, or a collection notice;
    commonly used by banks and credit card companies for sending
    high-volume, system generated statements to customers; also used by
    businesses for eBilling.»

    Interesting.


    And there is a Linux version. :-)

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    On 2012-11-20 14:03, dd wrote:
    > On 11/20/2012 01:46 PM, johnmidl wrote:
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    >> Can I overcome this dilemma?

    >
    > ask you bank to resend in pdf, jpg, png, or other "internet standard"..
    >
    > or ask Microsoft to provide you with a native linux reader of all their
    > formats ;-(


    Actually, it is not from MS, and there is a Linux version, they say. It
    looks like a good idea, an encrypted container so that documents can be
    emailed with security.

    Mailing pdf would be a bad idea, unless also encrypted. I know you can
    sign pdfs, but I'm not aware of encryption. That's the reason banks and
    organizations require you download their documents instead of emailing them.

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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    FYI, I had a recent exchange he in the USA with a Medical service provider.
    Privacy issues make communicating with them difficult in the past.

    They initiated an encrypted communications setup with an invitation (via email) to setup an account via "securewebmail@mcafeesaas.com", which happens to be a MS company.
    Setup was painless, after which I was able to read messages via an https// connection.
    Worked relatively painlessly.

    Sounds very similar to what Striata Reader does; they just forgot to send the setup first.

    My banks here in the USA provide statements, etc. via PDF (or Quicken) format files, but downloaded via https:// sessions after login.
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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    On 11/20/2012 02:14 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > Actually, it is not from MS,


    heh! i should not have trusted the OP to know what was what!

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    Default Re: Stupid Microsoft Files

    On 2012-11-20 16:52, dd wrote:
    > On 11/20/2012 02:14 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    >> Actually, it is not from MS,

    >
    > heh! i should not have trusted the OP to know what was what!


    Who knows... MS has an history of buying useful things... :-)

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