Changes to TestZine
This page describes changes to TestZine specifically, as well as some of the changes I have made through the years to the systems I use to process and mail my Ezines, including TestZine.
TestZine is the Ezine I use to test my systems and to allow others to sample how my system works without really subscribing to anything. There haven't been any significant changes to it since I started it.
However, TestZine uses my Ezine system, which has gone through a number of changes.
This page describes some of the changes I have made through the years to the systems I use to process and mail my Ezines, including TestZine.
My Email List Systems
My first ezine was Snippets. I used to host Snippets with Topica (back when it was free). Then Topica began to include, not only ads at the bottom of the emails, but also ads at the top. This change caused me to begin to look for options.
In late August 2002 I began testing WorldCast software from Fairlogic Systems to host the mailing list myself. That didn't work out. The software had a number of unacceptable issues
I then moved to the Gammadyne Mailer.
The Gammadyne Mailer can be used very simply, almost out of the box. But it also features a very complete internal programming language to let you do just about anything you want.
For example, it lets me keep all the information on my PC in an Access database. I know that the information is secure and under my control. It also lets me program much of the interaction. It took about 6 hours of initial playing to get it like I wanted it.
Then, in October 2003 I made more changes. I programmed in a double opt-in feature, and improved the operation for subscribing and unsubscribing.
In May 2004, I modified the program even more to better comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.
I modified the system to maintain:
Pleased With Gammadyne
I'm very pleased with the Gammadyne Mailer. It is screaming software.
I can strongly recommend Gammadyne.
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More Pages About TestZine
All About TestZine,
This page tells about my
test ezine which I created to let me test my ezine processing system.
Subscribe to TestZine:
Like it says, go here to subscribe.
Unsubscribe from TestZine:
I'd hate to lose you, but if you need to unsubscribe, this page will take care of that.
Previous Issues of TestZine:
This page links to the archive of TestZine issues.
information to anyone for any reason.
Other ezines I Offer
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List Management Information
Best Practices of Email, Ezine and List Management: The organization known as MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) once published a list it called "Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing Abuse". I used this list as the starting point to create my own "Best Practices" which I follow in managing my lists. ««»»
List Email Headers: An explanation of the RFC standard headers which should be used on emails for lists and ezines. Also identifies the supplementary user-defined fields I use on my ezines, as well as RFC standard email addresses ezine publishers should implement. ««»»
Gammadyne Mailer: I use the Gammadyne Mailer for all my ezines. This page provides more information about that use, including summary information about the data I keep, the functions I've custom programmed and how to access my TestZine if you want to try it out. ««»»
CAN-SPAM Is Stupid: A personal rant about the U. S. federal law known as known as CAN-SPAM. While it is supposedly designed to help eliminate email spam, I think the law is stupid. The article also provides links to CAN-SPAM resources. ««»»
My Use of Gammadyne Mailer
I began using the Gammadyne Mailer to manage and broadcast my ezines in late 2002. It is possible to use it very simply, almost out of the box. But it also features a very complete internal programming language to let you do just about anything you want. And, it keeps all the information on my PC in an Access database, where I know the information is secure and under my control.
It is screaming software. I strongly recommend Gammadyne Mailer.
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