Home-brewed WOD by e-mail daily

Posted by wayover13 on Nov 29, 2013 7:54 PM EDT
Field notes of an audacious amateur; By wayover13
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I used to subscribe to an on-line dictionary's word-of-the-day (WOD) program. That entailed signing up, using one's e-mail address, on their web site so that they would, each day, send a different WOD along with its definition to that address. The service proved to be a bit flaky, however, and the e-mails would sometimes get caught up in my spam filter. So, somewhere along the line--perhaps owing to an e-mail address change--I stopped receiving those educational e-mails.

I'd had in the back of my mind going back to using that service but hadn't signed up again--all the while having a nagging suspicion that it must be possible, using open source tools, to cobble together some way of doing this sort of thing from my own computer, thereby obviating the need to sign up for some service. But could I, with my modest technical acumen, actually pull this off? Read on to find out the result.

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