Saturday, March 12, 2005

Creating a mailing list

Ever thought of creating your own mailing list?..obviously not... well I have! So i decided to have a look at the potential solutions available (free).

There are many advantages from having a mailing list , you can send mails to all your friends , relatives , co-workers without having to add everyone's email address each time and its just fun to spam other people's mail address with all the blabla that you can produce.

Here is some of the options i found:

1. Mailman - Written using Python , there are loads of sites which use this but for me humble XP user ,it was really a pain into understanding how it worked. So i gave up after reading the installation instructions :S .

2. James - This one is in JAVA , so i can talk a bit longer on it , so its pretty straight forward minimum requirements being JDK1.4 or above. You just have to unzip James and go to the bin directory and click on run. There are some configurations (depending on your patience) to be set for the mailing list to work. I had a few problems though with DNS addresses on some XP machines there are dummy DNS address of style fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1 which are added , this causes James to crash but on 3 other pcs i tested it worked fine. James also serves as a Mail server.

3. Coollist - If you dont require a professional mailing list with its own server running behind your firewalls do consider coollist.com which offers creation of free mailing list. You basically create an account and add your friends. An invitation mail is sent to your friends , if they accept they can start receiving mails from the mailing list.

My own mailing list is javed@coollist.com .If you want to be added just add a comment or mail me ;)

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5 comments:

Wayne Hurlbert said...
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Wayne Hurlbert said...

This is helpful advice for anyone wanting to create a personalized mailing list.

javed said...

thanks wayne