Funny how the easiest thing to do was the last option I explored.
I should go into more detail. But I think I will in the morning. It’s midnight.
Here’s the thing: I get things done. You say you need this or that, and nine times out of ten it’s done. Four times out of five it’s in a timely manner. But when I go back and look at the code that I wrote, I can’t help but scratch my head and wonder what possessed me to write everything so haphazardly. I’m finally getting deeply into Linux, so far as I can set up a website without the use of a control panel like cPanel or Plesk. But I’m sure once more advanced things happen, the scripts and config files will end up looking just as jumbled as everything else I write.
So, at the place where I sit in an office and work, I’m trying to handle mass email things. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who don’t like being emailed without their explicit consent, right? So I’d been doing this thing, manually supporting a team in this regard. But there’s just so many people I have to give the boot!
So I finally got the bright idea, instead of staring at all these emails and going through them, to just separate the good from the bad, and then run the bad through a PHP script that gives me their unsubscribe link. And if cannot find one, I am given the entire email so I can use other means to take care of the removal.
I actually get excited when I do things I haven’t done before. Like, I have mouse gestures set up to help me scroll to the top or bottom of a page. When I set it to check a box because I click on a link, the convenience I just created astounds me. And then when it turns out I have to click the box around the checkbox instead of the checkbox itself, I get frustrated to no end.
Ah, the glorious life of a guy who makes websites when they have an unrelated job.