Recent Projects

(for varying values of ‘recent’)

Older Projects

These have all since been superceded, but I’ll leave them here for curiosity’s sake.

Mail Checker


<p><strong>Overview:</strong> <em>Creates a summary page of email subjects for multiple 

<p><strong>Note if you want the source code for this, please <a 
href="">contact me</a> for it.</strong></p>

<p>The number of email addresses I maintain / check is thakfully decreasing, but I still find it 
laborious to check all of them, especially the ones that tend to receive less important email.</p>

<p>I originally wrote a perl script around (IIRC) POP3lib, or similar. I retrieved mails and 
searched for the subject using regular expressions. I still use regexes, and still pull the 
entire email as it works (basically) for now, but my intention is 
to rewrite to only retrieve headers. I don't 
know if this functionality is present in the CPAN POP libraries, although it most likely is. I 
now use a python 
implementation, partly to help me familiarise myself with python which I now use more than perl 
(<em>as of 2008 or so, still valid Q4 2009!</em>), and partly because I wanted to switch to IMAP over POP.</p>

<p>My file <strong></strong> processes arguments to check things like: server name, SSL / 
no SSL, username and password, number of messages to print subjects for, and debug options. I forget if there are others. It uses the 
<strong>imaplib</strong> IMAP4 python library.</p>

<p>It also prints dashes to underline headings. I mention this only because I think it's 
important to pay attention to the little touches that enhance readbility, for anyone that is reading for ideas.</p>

etc etc

Basic email backup

Referrer spam ban

Simple incremental backups