Time delay email?

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  1. hob macrumors 68020

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    Hey all,

    I was wondering if anyone knows a good way of setting up time-delayed email?

    The reason being, my girlfriend has her driving theory test about 3 days after I leave the country for a few weeks, and I will most probably be without internet access for the first few days I'm away.

    At the moment, I'm sending her little mini tests every day, to help her revise, that I write myself (well, I copy them out of the book :p ;) )

    So I'd like to be able to send like 2 or 3 emails with mini-tests in... I'd like to specify the time and date they are delivered.

    I can't find a way to do this with Apple Mail, does anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I don't think Mail can do this, unless you were somehow able to write an AppleScript for it.

    I seem to recall Eudora being able to do this. I think Thunderbird can as well.
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I know that you can send yourself emails to remind you of iCal events...maybe there's a way to add her email address in there and then use the notes section of the event to put the test in there?

    Perhaps that would work...
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Might be able to do it with iCal's alarms but I'm not sure how to customise the email. Maybe the notes section of the alarm will come through as the email...

    Beaten by tobefirst. :p
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    If iCal doesn't work there's always cron...

    I mail myself reports from various linux boxes all the time. Adding a command like

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    cat message | mail -s "Message" name@address.com
    to your crontab will probably do the trick.

    B
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    FINALLY! I beat the jew! Woo hoo! :)
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Many have tried.... Few succeed!

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  8. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Hmmm....the easiest way might be to just title each e-mail something like "Open Friday Night" "Open Saturday Afternoon"...and send them all before you go. That way she can just open them at the specified time.
     
  9. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Well, even the sun shines on a dog's butt some days. I'm happy nonetheless.
     
  10. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's a pretty good idea if all else fails!

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
     
  11. Losinit macrumors newbie

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  12. henrystar macrumors regular

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    I did download yesterday, and I "sent" myself an email for the next day, and it is now the next day, and the email was sent exactly on time, and received! Thanks so much for writing the script!
     
  13. Qweissman macrumors newbie

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    Same Problem... different situation

    i need to get an email sent on monday at 6:00pm.

    in order to get on a certain list t should not be anytime before it. i want my email to get out the door at exactly 6:00 pm because i compete with others on some very few spots. "first come first served".

    it's like calling to the radio and win a prize: you can't call before, you can't call too late...

    so how can i make sure my mail jumps out at exactly that time?
     

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