Jim Tittsler

Jim Tittsler

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New Zealand Python Users Group
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Tips and Tricks for using the Mailman mailing list manager
FirstClass to Mail and RSS
The Ringo MUG in Tokyo is exploring alternatives to the increasingly expensive FirstClass BBS system. I wrote a simple script that scrapes new messages off the FirstClass web interface and converts them to Email. I mail the messages to a set of Mailman mailing lists for distribution to members. Recent versions of the script can also build RSS feeds of the individual conferences and the overall conference activity.
News via WWW
Some of the members of the Tokyo PC Users Group complained that they couldn't access our newsgroups through their firewall, so I put together a PCGI program that queries the NNTP server and builds simple HTML pages on the fly. The source is available if you would like to adapt it to your environment.
I created a simple class that makes "backup file" objects. On open, the original file is opened for reading and a file with a unique temporary name is opened for writing. The methods are the subset of those of file objects that make sense for sequential files (no seeking). On close, the original is renamed to have a backup extension and the temporary file is renamed to give it the original name.

Computer Events in the Tokyo Area

OnJapan.Net offers an online listing of computer events in the Tokyo, Japan area. Find a conference, show, or user group meeting. (All done in Python of course.)


The NetWinder was an interesting StrongARM-based network computer designed around Open Source software. It was retailed by NetWinder Inc.

I originally built and maintained the NetWinder.org FAQ with the Python FAQ Wizard, but it is now rendered as a static snapshot.

My Other "Home" Pages Around the World

Tokyo Organizations
English-language computing and amateur radio clubs.
Amateur Radio
Amateur radio resources, with an emphasis on reciprocal operating in Japan
EchoMac is an open source voice over IP application for amateur radio that is compatible with the EchoLink network.
I am a member of the Gisborne Amateur Radio Club (ZL2AA) and the Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association (TIARA) (7J1YAA).
OnJapan.net provides a variety of Unix administration, Email and mailing list, and web architecture support services.
Fiordland Pool
Fiordland Community Swimming Pool is a heated indoor 25-meter pool available to residents and visitors to Te Anau, New Zealand from October to March.

Jim Tittsler Last modified: 2013-10-11