Occasionally I get forwarded email.  Not just the junk that some people pass around, and not even the good stuff that people pass around.  This tends to be a legitimate forward of information I want or need, coming from people who are a bit technically challenged.  I can tell this because I can’t immediately see the forwarded email – it comes in as a text attachment.


Inside, it looks messy  (yes, names, addresses, and IPs have been munged).

Return-Path: <sender@cinci.rr.com>

Received: from hrndva-omtalb.mail.rr.com ([])

by hrndva-imta08.mail.rr.com with ESMTP

id <20130413221208558.VUTA861@hrndva-imta08.mail.rr.com>

for <receiver@cinci.rr.com>; Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:12:08 +0000

Return-Path: <sender@cinci.rr.com>

X-Authority-Analysis: v=2.0 cv=Pu4Rnnw3 c=1 sm=0 a=A1zqvjN4qVniXJhfycoO7g==:17 a=_Rgv0NwDlPcA:10 a=05ChyHeVI94A:10 a=ayC55rCoAAAA:8 a=1sikdzvK2gkA:10 a=z70IUxGWWr4nUFnF214A:9 a=QEXdDO2ut3YA:10 a=YWTiQZ3RA7UA:10 a=_8zBwPMRAAAA:8 a=T63yMXn_AAAA:8 a=HQ31llbKAAAA:8 a=CVrjdxtI6uHyVwJy9zUA:9 a=diV1Cm6KfS4A:10 a=_BjrZZzL3tXxHXzI:21 a=qsbk26-K5xpaZCtHd-EA:9 a=n3BslyFRqc0A:10 a=0z0WNPzlPiAA:10 a=Sf_gFPzhefAA:10 a=ilzxXgPX1FIJTzrl:21 a=4it5NLzIa6x9A9c8:21 a=yuECB69dhWjsohte:21 a=A1zqvjN4qVniXJhfycoO7g==:117

X-Cloudmark-Score: 0



Received: from [] ([] helo=Desktop)

by hrndva-oedge02.mail.rr.com (envelope-from <sender@cinci.rr.com>)

(ecelerity r()) with ESMTP

id 21/9C-17485-338D9615; Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:12:08 +0000

Message-ID: <659989296C9A4528B24B9FBA452B6DFC@Desktop>

From: “FiratName LastName” <sender@cinci.rr.com>

To: <receiver@cinci.rr.com>,

“Copy” <copy@example.com>

References: <20130413153404.LZSW8.268618.root@cdptpa-web36-z01>

In-Reply-To: <20130413153404.LZSW8.268618.root@cdptpa-web36-z01>

Subject: Re: Fri. ? – Cleveland

Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:11:59 -0400

MIME-Version: 1.0

Content-Type: multipart/mixed;


X-Priority: 3

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

Importance: Normal

X-Mailer: Microsoft Windows Live Mail 15.4.3555.308

X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V15.4.3555.308

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.


Content-Type: text/plain;




Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

So what is a boy to do with all this?  Normally, all this is hidden behind the scenes, and my nifty email program handles all the details.  I needed to see the contents of the email, which I could pull from the gobbledygook, and I also needed to see the attachments.  Yes, there were attachments in the mix.  A Word document

Content-Type: application/msword;
name=”Cleveland Pack Info 4 20 13.doc”
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;
filename=”Cleveland Pack Info 4 20 13.doc”


and a PDF file

Content-Type: application/pdf;
name=”Cleveland Pack Info 4 20 13.pdf”
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;
filename=”Cleveland Pack Info 4 20 13.pdf”


In the past, I have used Outlook Express from Microsoft.  He understands all this stuff, and can turn the mess into something readable.  I have made some improvements to my system, most notably a Solid State Disk and Win7 64-bit (to take advantage of the 8G of memory this PC has), and I didn’t want to add a large program from MS that I wasn’t going to use often.

I went in search of a third-party tool.

I thought I found my cool tool in Kernel’s EML Viewer – but not quite.  I could read the sender’s email – so both the one I received and the one that person received – and I could see that there were attachments.  Unfortunately, I could not open the attachments.

I ended up with the EML File Viewer from Birdie Software.  Seeing the email AND providing attachments I could open put a big smile on my face.

So here’s how I use my nifty new tool: when I see that I get an email with a funky attachment like that, and if it’s someone I expect to get email from, I save off the attachment.  Call it anything you want, and give it an extension of .EML (for email).  Crank up the Birdie Software site, download the EML File Viewer (one time only), extract the program, and drop it into my Program Files/Utils directory.  Start it up, do a regular File | Open, and then magic happens.


This one’s a winner.