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Computing via Email

I finally got around to finishing up the Email Delivery System I outlined before (See: Computing via Email and Content Managed Email). We have implemented most features already, and it is looking good. I have exposed a ASP-like Request and Response objects and Hiryoung is already found a killer use for the app. She is using it to eliminate SPAM.

Here's the rule/script in VBA to eliminate a type of SPAM in Remocon.

If Instr(Request.Subject,"Porn") >0 then Request.Delete
If Instr(Request.Subject,"SEX") >0 and
 Instr(Request.Body, "http://") > 0 then Request.Delete

Users can add their own rules blocking specific domains, users, keywords, size of the emails etc. You can check for attachments, query the number of other recipients etc., If you are a Microsoft Outlook Express user, you'd want to run Remocon before you check your InBox, so all SPAM would be gone.

Content Delivery via Email

Here's an example that serves offline content via email (content that is not on the web, but on my hard drive). Requests can be sent to a mailbox (to be announced later) with the subject, "Send Picture "

dim sPicture
If Instr(Request.Subject, "Send Picture") >0 Then
 sPicture = Trim(Replace(Request.Subject, "Send Picture", ""))
 sPicture = Replace(sPictureName, ".jpg", "")
 sPicture = "\\curie\kalaranga\pics\" & sPicture & ".jpg"
 'thats the network path of the offline archive
 Response.Attachment = sPicture
End If

Hey! now you don't even need a website to run an e-business; just an email account will do! You can distribute catalogs, vend reports, accept orders, and provide tracking all via an automated email system.

For the web developers out there, think of the email-subject as a HTTP GET request, and the email body as a HTTP POST request. Remocon provides the necessary means to write custom apps.

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  • I am still testing the app. There's no documentation yet, neither there is a setup (It is Windows app, and needs a setup). It will be free for personal use like all my other tools are.
Update 6/2006 This idea has now morphed into a product and a service, complete with Autoresponder and email deflection. Details at

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, March 17, 2002
Last Modified: 6/6/2006 1:34:31 AM
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