October 1st, 2008

marcus 2013

Bulk email programs?

Once a year or so I need to send out an email to a large number of registered users, basically reminding them to update their snail mail address if it has changed, since I will be sending them a disk in a few weeks.

It's always been a pain to do because I don't have any sort of bulk mail program and don't want to use CC or BCC; CC gives the recipient a load of other email addresses, which breaks the data protection act, while a lot of spam trap software is set up to stop mail that's been sent to a BCC address.

Can anyone point me at a program (not a mailing list service, since that would also be against UK data protection law) that will take a list of say 500 email addresses and send the same message to each one as the sole recipient? Preferably one that won't trigger all sorts of spam trap alarms? Free or cheap would be nice too, since it'll be used once a year or less. I can use Windows or Mac OS-X 10.4

marcus 2013

Today's eBay bargains...

...were an Intelplay QX3 microscope (the cheapo digital microscope Intel sold briefly; it was aimed at the kiddy market, but it's actually quite a good bit of kit, and someone has written a Mac driver for it so I can use it with the laptop) and a two-drive Acard DVD duplicator, which I want to use at work. Combined price was 49 quid including delivery, no warranty on either but both work fine. I'm rather pleased...

Having said that, the DVD duplicator didn't have any manual and Acard's site seems to be down. Most of the menu options are reasonably obvious and I've successfully copied a couple of disks to test it, but it'd be nice to get hold of the instructions if someone happens to have them in PDF form or something. Apart from anything else, it looks like it can be connected to a PC and used as external SCSI drives, it'd be nice to have the documentation on that.


QX3 photos - The Queen on a 2p stamp at 10, 60 and 200x