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Just-in-time Email

You tell your email program WHEN it should send the message
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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).

GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001

Hanging Messages Project at the MIT Media Lab http://www.media.mit.edu/~elchang/HM/
[GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

AutoMate http://www.unisyn.com
Create Windows scripts easily. Automate your computer annoyances. [GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Future Email http://www.halfbake...e_20email_20address
Jutta's idea [GusLacerda, Apr 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

http://www.deferredsender.com/ 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?
PotatoStew, Apr 03 2001

       at 1600 friday
mail group < reminder
egnor, Apr 03 2001

       I use Eudora.
GusLacerda, Apr 04 2001

       baked in Outlook
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       ... 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.
mhanney, Jun 30 2009

       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.
goldbb, Jul 01 2009


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