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September 30th, 2003
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I had an idea of setting up a little service where people could send email to an address, saying that they wanted an email sent to them at a specific time on a specific day, and it would happen.

a) Would anyone find this useful?
b) Does something like this already exist? For free?

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From:theora
Date:September 30th, 2003 06:34 am (UTC)
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No, I would never, ever have occasion to use something like that.
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From:cthulhia
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:04 am (UTC)

yahoo calendar

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yahoo has a calendar that will send you reminders.
the interface is non-ideal, and, because it's yahoo, the security is probably dubious.

then again, considering how flaky aq (or aq's upstream?) has been lately, perhaps yahoo is not so bad.
streaming the use of the yahoo calendar would be a sufficient improvement to get me using it again.

yes, such things are useful. although for short reminders - where I don't need to include a lot of text, I often use my cell phone's "calendar" reminder function.
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From:queue
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)

Re: yahoo calendar

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See prog's repsonse below. That's pretty much exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, not something bulky and cumbersome like Yahoo! Calendar.
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From:beowabbit
Date:September 30th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)

Re: yahoo calendar

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BTW, a technician is coming out on Friday to trace the wires from my house back to the junction box to see if they can figure out where the problem is. Also, I swapped DSL modems (after having a really hard time getting the ISP to help me configure a new one properly). The ISP is very confident that the problem is with the line rather than the DSL modem; I'm less confident. I do find it interesting that my connectivity seems to be perfect since I swapped modems (but that's not so informative; it'll be more informative if it stays that way for a week).
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From:queue
Date:September 30th, 2003 11:16 am (UTC)

Re: yahoo calendar

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Interesting.

Do you find that the ISP has been less than helpful in general, or are they just being flaky about this particular issue?
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From:beowabbit
Date:September 30th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC)

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The people I've talked to have always been extremely helpful, but it's an intermittent problem, and therefore it's very hard to diagnose. Also, DSL is bought from an ISP, which contracts with a carrier (in this case Covad), which contracts with the telco (Verizon) for space and lines. So diagnosing problems involves a large number of people. Yeah, I wish this whole process weren't as drawn out as it is, but it's hard to track down the problems when they disappear by the time I get off of hold. (That hasn't been the case this past weekend, but it was most of the times I've called over the last month.)
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From:prog
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
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From:queue
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
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Not alas. I'm happy that such a thing exists. Yay! Now I can tell people who ask me to remind them of stuff to go there.
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From:theora
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
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As opposed to telling us to go, um, somewhere else.
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From:queue
Date:September 30th, 2003 07:40 am (UTC)
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Weren't you supposed to actually be doing work today?
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From:mattlistener
Date:September 30th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)

very spiffy!

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Exactly something I've wanted, and trim! Thanks for publicly wanting it, and to Prog for pointing it out.
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