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I read about Zookoda at problogger. I investigate more about RSS 2 Email services and found this helpful link. I think I would have liked Yutter too, but I already had signed up w/ Zookoda, so I used it for one of my upcoming blogs.

I had another idea of “contextual” email subscription since a few weeks, but wasn’t sure how to handle a bulk of emails. Now, I think Zookoda might have a solution for me. Below is the message that I sent to them.


I like the service so far. It is really simple and powerful.

I wanted to build a subscription system for my another website, but I think it will take up a lot of resources. Here is what I wanted and would love to see in Zookoda:

I have a feed with News articles and each article is tagged with a few tags. I wanted to have a tag based subscription. Ex: If I subscribe for the newsletter for the tag ‘ipod’, then I should receive an email (instantaneous or a digest) for all the News articles that are tagged with ‘ipod’.

I can easily send the tag to Zookoda, when the user submits the form with his/her email address. Zookoda should be able match that tag with what is in the feed and thus send the relevant post(s) to the subscriber. This system should also be able to handle multiple tag subscription and hence aa subscription manager (page) for the subscriber.

Please let me know if this is something you can provide.

Thanks, Gaurav

Initially, I wasn’t thinking of writing this application using feeds, but my internal db. Mapping the subscribers to the tags is hardly an issue with me. The only problem I have is handling such a huge amount of processing and email sending. My problem is that, I will have to create a custom newsletter for each of the subscriber and then email it to them. If there are only a few subscribers (less than a hundered), it should be OK, but if there are a several 100 subscribers, some kind of system would be required to send emails in batches.

Does anybody know of any software/service that can handle a huge number of distinct emails for each subscriber? How does the mailing list softwares handle the email sending?

Coke: A lovely evil

Long time since, I posted my last post. Actually I wrote a long post on suttebaji and Indian Cinema, but I accidentally overwrote it with a 0 byte file 😐

Anyways, got this (Powerpoint Presentation) in email…. viewed it, closed it and after 5 minutes, opened a coke can. I am officially addicted to it.

I do agree that its not good for health n stuff, but I think the death of a DU student after drinking 8 bottles is not true…..and I feel the contents r prolly overexagurated.

BTW I was able to complete my DUS viewing from the last post (and week) this weekend and guess what…? I watched it 2wice. Its a gr8 movie and definetly under-rated. Will prolly review it *someday*

I have been really busy with my job, a personal project I am working on and ofcourse whatever time was left, I fwded the Aish’s email for Rakhi. If u have no clue about the email, then look at the bottom of this post (which shudn’t b far coz its past 12 right now)

I have been looking for an editor for Linux/Solaris which would let me edit multiple files in one go. I am not sure if vi or may be even grep can help me with that. What I want to achieve something like the following:

replace all_instances_of(or may be just 1) ‘gaurav’ by ‘gaurav_sharma’ in the files *.info

I have heard that ‘SED’ might be able to help me, but I haven’t checked it out yet. If you know of any utility liks this, then let me know, or I’ll have to write a shell script using exec and vi (more like a macro).

This reminds me of one of my teacher’s sayings: Programming is for lazy people 😀

Ok Bakwaas band, Aish wali email shuru:

Wait a minute, I was gonna end the post, but then I got an email. Darrn people, since my email add. is a simple one (without any non-alpha chars) I get a lot of emails from genuine ppl, trying to reach some G* Sharma. The latest I got is for some dude who prolly works @ titan (titan.co.in is the domain name) and his name is also Gaurav Sharma. Guess what is in the email? Cash and Credit Card Sale Record for a Titan Store….not just for a day or 2 days, but 15 months :|. Kya hoga in logon ka? Woh to main achcha hoon, so they can have a chain ki saans….but they could have really messed up things if, it was someone else. I make sure to reply back the ppl. who send me such mails, so that they know what they are doing. I get variety of emails….from fwds. from some unknown ppl for some other unknown person to love letters or discussion about someone’s gf w/ his cousin…. I get them all. The only problem is if I get a love letter for some Gaurav Sharma and is read by _someone_, I’ll b in trouble 😛

once again, bakwaas band and finally Aish’s email is here:

Hi Bhaiya,

Rakhi courier se bhej di hai. Kuch din mein pahuch jayegi.

Mera mail account bandh ho gaya hai, isliye Unke Mail Account se mail kar rahi hoon.

Aapki pyari behen,

Aishwarya, Mumbai se.