Chad Perrin: SOB

26 September 2006

RSS-to-email doesn’t like me

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — apotheon @ 10:49

In the past, I’ve had some problems getting Rmail to work for me. Everything seems great — I go through the signup process, get my confirmation email, et cetera — until I’m done setting it up, then I simply fail to get emails. I’m having a tough time getting in touch with someone at my webhost who can give me useful answers about where the emails might be going, and it seems it must be happening at the webhost since I’m not doing any spam filtering here at all and Rmail’s man-in-the-know Randy Morin tells me he can confirm that the emails are being sent out without any bounces coming back. Bah humbug, says I.

I decided to try RSSGecko, after reading about it at Chip’s Quips. It at least seemed worth the effort of giving it a shot. There’s a problem, though. Here’s the sort of emails I’m getting:

subject: Hasta la Vista, part 3: Of Windows security and other oxy-morons If you happen to be a regular reader of my blog you know I have this thing with editors, especially when they are reporting on IT developments (a subject I know a thing or two about). The point is, I…<br /><br /><br />Sent using <a href=””><b>RSS</b>GECKO</a>

Hopefully you can see the problems here: broken XHTML, a lack of a link to the blog post in question, and no way to unsubscribe are three problems that top the list. Holy crap. This is not making me particularly happy with RSSGecko.

Maybe I should go sit on hold with my webhost again, for a while, and see if I can get things sorted out so Rmail will work for me this time. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Maybe I should write an article for publication about how to choose a webhost so this sort of thing isn’t a huge problem in the future.


  1. Why don’t you simply self host? I know that you have the knowledge to do it, and all you need is an old server, a broadband connection, and a dynamic DNS service. I have been self hosting for about 4 years now, and I could not be happier. Not only do I not have to deal with problems like the host doing things I do not want them to do (like spam filtering), but I have ultimate control over my hosting options. Not only that, but I do not have to deal with the mess of getting the right package for a host. Finally, updates to my sites occur at Ethernet speeds. Self hosting costs me $40/year (for dynamic DNS) above and beyond just having a domain name. The hardware is basically free, since I tend to just have the server running on hand-me-down parts from my desktop. After all, with the number of hits my Web site gets, it isn’t like I need a truly screaming system. My server is soon being upgraded to a Core 2 Duo, and only because I will have an extra one sitting around soon, and even then I might just pass it the Sempron currently in my desktop…


    Comment by Justin James — 26 September 2006 @ 01:14

  2. There are bandwidth and uptime problems that I can’t currently solve, to say nothing of the hassle (or expense) of dealing with the dynamic IP address problem. I also don’t have the money lying around at the moment to buy the servers and UPSes, and pay for the power consumption, to do it right. In short, I just don’t have the money to self-host.

    I’ll probably be moving to virtual server, then colocation, before self-hosting. I suspect part of the difference in our situations is the amount of traffic I get. I also don’t much relish the thought of dealing with the logistics of moving self-hosting the next time I move to a new residence (I don’t plan on living in a two-bedroom apartment forever, even if it is more than a thousand square feet).

    Comment by apotheon — 26 September 2006 @ 03:11

  3. Who is your web host, so we can avoid them?

    Comment by Sterling Camden — 26 September 2006 @ 04:28

  4. ipowerweb

    Comment by apotheon — 26 September 2006 @ 05:50

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