[sf-perl] [OT] email reminders

Michael Friedman friedman at highwire.stanford.edu
Wed Apr 27 13:03:22 PDT 2011

This isn't "on the web", per se, but there's a unix command-line (mostly) calendar program called 'remind' that I used to use. The beauty of it is that, by being a unix command-line program, it can be piped, redirected, and manipulated 1000 different ways using the various other unix command-line programs. On top of that, it's actually a smarter calendar program than iCal and Google Calendar, because it can do some really sophisticated date math.

For an overview, see either of these:

For your particular case, you can set up remind to send you email, as long as you have a machine with a net connection to run it on:

Finally, the download link from the official site:

It's not as pretty as Google Calendar, but since it'll run on your own machine, it'll be as stable as you can make it.

-- Mike

PS - I stopped using remind when I got my iPhone. Now I just sync to my smart device and cut out the network entirely. But that's just me. I still think iCal is awful, though.
Mike Friedman | HighWire Press, Stanford Univ | friedman at highwire.stanford.edu

On Apr 27, 2011, at 12:26 PM, David Alban wrote:

> however, you don't get reminders unless you pay the 25 bucks a year.
> and the reminders look suspiciously like google calendar reminders,
> which have been a disaster for me in terms of reliability.  but again,
> thanks for the suggeston.   maybe i'll see if yahoo has this
> functionality (would be surprised if they didn't).
> what do other folks do who do this over the web, rather than through
> their smart devices?
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM, David Alban <extasia at extasia.org> wrote:
>> of course, as soon as i sent that email i figured out how to do it.
>> On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM, David Alban <extasia at extasia.org> wrote:
>>> doesn't seem to let you specify a time, just a date for a "task"
>>> (which for me would simply be an email reminder).  but thanks for the
>>> suggestion.
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