Ok, I mentioned that I was sunburned. In truth, it's the worst sunburn I've had in a mighty long time. My chest and stomach are bright red, and quite painful to the touch. I'm dealing with 'extreme nipple sensitivity' because of it. It made this morning's shower experience an exciting one.
I actually started work on my new personal programming project yesterday. Didn't get very far, 'cause I still don't have a phone line in the new place. It's a mass mail client, in the same vein as majordomo and listserv.
I know, I know.... the world needs another one of those like it needs an entire army of Carrot Top. But that's ok. I want to do this. Having spent so much time, elbow deep in majordomo code, I've developed something of a bad attitude towards it. (had the chance to body slam both Brent Chapman and Tom Christiansen in one giant, off the top rope, blaze of glory at Usenix, and I didn't do it. I've been kicking myself ever since). Besides, none of those other things were written by me. I guess I'm not necessarily doing this so people will use it, I'm doing this because I think it'll be fun, and I'll use it.
Anyway, I'm working on my own mass mailer now. It's going to be simple, elegant, and as lightweight as I can make it. The big problem with those others is, they try to do too much through a mail interface... it results in messages to the list not getting through sometime, and control messagings going to the list sometimes. And it just generally makes the code difficult to work with.
I'd make a project page for it, but it doesn't have a name yet. I started out calling it 'X', but that's... you know... got problems with it. I'd be open to suggestions if you have any.
Got a note from Adrian, regarding My earlier diary post. He suggested I take a look at 'mailman' before I make too many bold strides down the coding path. I'm lookin' at it now. We'll see....