TAG: Email

How to gather email addresses from mail and other data to create a list

"email" by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A disclaimer, you shouldn’t just add people to a newsletter list indiscriminately. You should endeavour to get them to opt-in in every way possible. Another other option sucks. While what I describe is a bit of a special case, all the addresses that I extracted were used to solicit opt-ins.

Right, so my problem here was that a client asked needed to extract data from a few disparate sources and build a clean, usable list of email addresses. Certainly, no small feat since some of this was going to have to come out of an email account itself. I wasn’t even going to benefit from working from contacts either – addresses had to come from the messages themselves. I’m going to describe what I did to get there.

Also, this only relates to work with data locally. This does not describe scraping email addresses off web sites, etc. That may be another challenge for another day.

How to watch for Kijiji scams with a critical eye

Could scammers be working out of this location?

While posting a product online, I came across a well-developed scam. When I saw it, I wanted to humour the bad guys and see what information I might glean from the process. This is not something you should do, but the details I’ve gathered can help you look at these scams with a more critical eye to avoiding them. Scam watching is more important today given how sophisticated they can be.

One Year of Newsletters: Lessons Learned

Newsletter Graphic

Last year I had an idea: Create a really, really high quality newsletter. Reading technology related news is a daily and rigorous ritual for me, so why not take that effort and synthesize it into a curated list of “What to Read“? Many others are doing this, of course, but I felt the value for readers was to get it from your trusted technical advisor (I manage technology for a number of small and medium sized businesses). For many years this voracious appetite for news and information was only for myself, but I knew it was time to change that. Time to share this with the world.

Writing Email Like a Tinder Profile

Email Logo With Tinder Logo

You might think the two of these have nothing in common, but I find it surprising how these two share similar tactics.  In fact, taking a similar approach to writing information in each place might improve your odds of getting that message accross clearly and concisely. You may be the type of person that writes one-word message in email and Tinder profiles; and this wouldn’t be an article for you. For everyone else, however, read on to see these two in action.

First Look and Interview: Generate an Email Signature for Free

Email Signature Generator in Outlook 2010

Email Signatures are those small self-promoting snippets that you usually see at the end of an email message. They’re generally good for signalling who you are and providing details people might otherwise not know. Since you might be creating this by hand, you may not know it can be nicely generated by online tools such as in today’s First Look. Today I’m taking a look at Email Signature Generator and speaking to the author of the tool.

One Easy Way To Recover Mail From A Dead Exchange Server

Exchange Server 2007

So, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re recovering an Exchange 2007 system, but your entire Exchange server is dead, and your backup is not exactly what you wanted. I’ve had the misfortune to see a number of these sorts of scenarios, and the one unifying key is that no one wants data loss. If you want every active user’s data back, here’s one way you can get there.

Canada Post makes huge changes, becomes even less relevant

Canada Post LogoA little over a year ago, I wrote about how the post office in Canada might reinvent itself. I was thinking out loud, for sure; but I was also thinking of was the post office could continue during a time of serious change. Fast forward, and news of Canada Post recently announced a slew of changes to the way it operates and delivers mail. For most of us, this means worse service, for a more expensive rate. This is what a company looks like when has no idea how to change beyond reactionary measures. For all Canadians, this should be incredibly disappointing for a service that forms such an important part of our society’s infrastructure.

First Look: Bitmessage – Email for the Paranoid

Bitmessage LogoToday’s environment of heavy Internet surveillance has spawned all sorts of secure options, but one of the more difficult-to-secure services is email. We use it often, but the nature of centralized email servers is often too open for those that wish to keep conversations private. Even in cases where the email services appear secure, we’ve seen the central authorities shut down in the face of apparent government involvement. While the options are currently very thin, one that is gaining attention is Bitmessage. I’ll take look at this new messaging tool and what promises to be a new way of sending messages.

How To Be Wrong About RSS

Andrew Chen on RSSAndrew Chen writes today on his blog (or is it an essay?) about RSS and more specifically how he found the light with email subscriptions:

RSS was meant to be a different way to present content, and doesn’t have identity or interactivity baked in. One of the best aspects of email subscriptions (and Twitter) is that you can actually see who’s taken interest in your work.

What can I say to that? RSS is a syndicator of content. RSS is a standard. This is something available to anyone that wants to ask for it, and it updates automatically. The identity of the creator is built in, and you definitely know who you’re subscribing too. But, does some sort of feedback loop need to be part of RSS? No, that’s not what it’s about. That’s what the web is for.