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A email program that will send emails at a scheduled time.
This one has to exist already! Every Friday, I used to send a weekly reminder of our soccer practice on Sunday. But if I sent it too early, people would forget about it. If I sent it too late, some people wouldn't check their email before the
event! The idea is that you would prepare it early, and tell the program to send it at exactly 4pm on Friday, or something like that.
Although I found the Hanging Messages Project (see link below), I am yet to see a working implementation of a just-in-time email script. Perhaps, AutoMate can do it (see link below).
Hanging Messages Project at the MIT Media Lab
[GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
Create Windows scripts easily. Automate your computer annoyances. [GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
Jutta's idea [GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
mhanney's link as a link (ahem.) [jutta, Jun 30 2009]
||This can be done by setting up a simple schedule in
Outlook Express for Mac. I'm sure there must be other
email programs out there that can do it. What email
program are you using?
||at 1600 friday
mail group < reminder
||... because you shouldn't have to leave your computer on or be bound to a proprietary email client. Works a lot like the 'at' command suggested by egnor 8 years ago, but for everyone.
||The "at" command has been a Unix command since Version 7... which was released in 1979. So not only is a solution baked -- it's so baked that it was old, dry, and hard at the time of the original posting. The "at" command is even available on Windows... or at least, NT, 2000, XP and 7 do.
||Windows 98 and later have a "Task Scheduler," which can do the same thing, and which is the preferred windows way to do the same thing... this also predates GusLacerda's post by years.
||Of course, I do happen to agree with mhanney... Espcially since I don't have internet access on my home computer (and the computers at work have a firewall, which blocks out all web sites except the company's ordering system) -- I only get online from my public library.