There has been a lot of interest lately in some means of automatically
processing mail bounces, so I figured that this would be of interest here.
("Here" being listmom-talk and list-managers.) In addition, I need to
recruit two or three more beta testers (the "grapevine" method is too slow),
and this is probably a good place to find them for the application in
I'm currently porting a mail-bounce processing program from VMS Fortran
to C for Mac and Windows; the application is called "SmartBounce," and is
designed to *intelligently* process mail bounces. The software is now in
EARLY beta. (I'm calling it a "developmental" version, actually.)
My current beta testers comprise ListProc (of course <g>) and Majordomo
(1.93 and 1.94) MLM platforms, as well as a "manually managed" list. In
addition, I have 68K Mac, PowerMac, and Win95 OS platforms covered. Note
that the OS under which the MLM is running is irrelevant; this application
merely processes bounces, so it is run off-line from the list.
So, here is what I need: A handful of people who are interested in being
beta-test* crash dummies. I need someone who is using Windows 3.x, and I
also need someone whose list is hosted on something OTHER than ListProc or
Majordomo; in particular, I could really use a ListServ-based beta tester.
(I think I have SmartList covered, though a beta tester for that server
would not be a bad idea, as well.)
* A quick definition for people who are unfamiliar with the term:
"Beta Software" -- This software is probably even more dangerous than
the GOOD TIMES virus. <g> You assume all risks; the best I can offer is
apologies after the fact. (Oh, and a corrected version, too.) So far, I
haven't had to do that, but I make no guarantees.
Contact me at the following address if you are interested (please do
not respond to the list!):
Tell me what OS platform you are on and what MLM you are using. And please
*briefly* describe your list (moderated vs open discussion, number of
subscribers, etc). I will probably get back to you with details by Saturday
(maybe Sunday if Saturday is nice weather ;-).
For anyone who's not *quite* brave enough <g> to use early beta software:
I plan to release a freeware public beta in the next two weeks -- probably
sooner than later. This release will be a straight ANSI C port, so it won't
be pretty. (That's an understatement.) Also, I will almost certainly NOT
have ported all the code by then, so it won't have all the features of the
current Fortran version, but it should give you a pretty good idea of the
capabilities (such as they are) of the program.
And please don't ask "Why didja do it in C?" (or Fortran). I guess I was
just getting too much sleep at night, and decided to fix that. It worked.
Again, if you are interested in beta testing this beast, please reply to me
*directly*. I'd hate to draw attention away from the current "AOL Horror"
- Vince Sabio
SmartBounce AppDaddy <g>
Fly Heisenberg Air: Don't know where we are, but we're making good time!
(I happen to feel like that right about now.)