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Notes on email, fund drive

Subject: Notes on email, fund drive
From: Mark J Bradakis <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 11:39:47 -0700 (MST)
For those of you who've asked, I use rmail from within GNU emacs to do most
of my mail reading, after some filtering with spamassassin and procmail.
Some mail I read using MH, all on either Linux or HPUX systems.  Maybe someday
if I'm bored I'll figure out just how many messages a day are pointed at all
of the mail addresses for which I'm responsible.  I doubt it though, as it
is probably like the total dollar amount spent on racing, something you don't
really want to know!

But for those of you using Windows based operating systems, you may want
to look at Eudora, or Pegasus
A lot of folks also use Netscape as a mail reader, but that's getting to
be as big and bloated as some Microsoft products.  Actually I do use it
for some email and news reading on a Windows 2000 box I have, believe it
or not.

And for those who've wondered about the fall fund drive, there basically
isn't one.  Some of you may have seen the message below on some of the
other Team.Net lists.  Gee, the new server has been serving up the bits for
just over a month now - cool.


     Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 18:11:54 -0600 (MDT)
     From: Mark J Bradakis <>
     Subject: Nice Day

Beautiful weather outside, a clean and crisp autumn afternoon, it would
be great to be out driving about in a sporty little convertible.  But here
I sit in the basement whacking on the Team.Net servers.  Okay, I did pop
up to the post office in my Mark 1 Spitfire earlier, so I got a bit of
fun in.

You may have noticed an interruption in service over the night.  Bits should
be flowing once again, as getting this message should indicate.  And if you've
been on the list for more than six months, you may recall the April 11th
message "Seven come Eleven" I sent out, requesting funding for new server
parts and such.  If you don't remember, feel free to point a web client at, search for "seven come eleven"

Well, this message is being sent from the new server, I've finally managed
to get it online and working, for the most part.  So once a few more minor
things are cleaned up, I can concentrate on other improvements, like fully
populating the archives and figuring out why the search results display the
index and database files in with the messages.  And getting a database or
scripts or whatever in place so that you only see administrative messages
like this once, not once for every list subscription in your name.

But we should now have enough disk space and processing power to get through
a few years.  We shall see.  Last time I counted, was shipping
out about 3 to 4 million messages a month, hopefully it won't get much busier
than that.

For those of you who have been longtime subscribers, you may vaguely
recall the original 'move the server home' message sent out around
Columbus Day, 1999, and the subsequent spring and fall fund drives to
collect donations for the monthly operating expenses and such.  Yes,
it is fund drive time again.

Don't worry, this one is on me.  The spring drive was pretty successful,
there's a few bucks left.  In truth, I still have a small stack or two of
envelopes I've not yet opened, or have yet to acknowledge.  Sometimes I
wonder how *any* of this works under the care of such a disorganized, flaky
procrastinator such as myself.  So it goes.

If you wish to contribute anyway, feel free to send a donation via Paypal
to, or send a check, payable to Fat Chance Garage
to the postal address

Fat Chance Garage
PO Box 58333
Salt Lake City, UT  84158

If you want to charge it on Visa or Mastercard, send me an email, I'll
let you know the procedure.


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