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Are There No Decent Mailing List Programs?
by Eric Armstrong
February 19, 2006
Summary
As far as I can tell, there isn't a decent mailing list program to be found anywhere on the planet. I don't want a lot a really, just a basic tool to keep a list of addresses and post a message once in a while. You'd think I could find one...

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I should start by saying that I'm on a Windows box. There are quite a few server-side programs out there, but all I want is a simple list-management tool that runs on my desktop. Ideally, it would have the capacity to connect to my server and retrieve subscribe/unsubscribe messages. But it doesn't even need that, really. All it has to do is keep a list of address and let me send a message once in a while.

Well, I guess it needs a little more than that. The horror stories that follow will bring out the other requirements...

So that's where things stand at the moment. All I want is a decent program for managing a mailing list. I'm willing to pay for it. I want to pay for it, so it will be supported. But I can't seem to find one anywhere.

Anyone have a clue?? I'm 6 months overdue on my TreeLight Health mailing list, and I can't seem to find a single product that "just works".

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Eric Armstrong has been programming and writing professionally since before there were personal computers. His production experience includes artificial intelligence (AI) programs, system libraries, real-time programs, and business applications in a variety of languages. He works as a writer and software consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He wrote The JBuilder2 Bible and authored the Java/XML programming tutorial available at http://java.sun.com. Eric is also involved in efforts to design knowledge-based collaboration systems.

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