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NewsForge: A Signature Program for Email and News

Feb 27, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I've always been fascinated by the messages in people's email signatures. When I see a great quote somewhere, I save it and use it in my own signature. Sometimes I just make up my own quotes. But either way, no matter how great a quote may be, after awhile I get bored with it. That's why I finally decided to automate the process.

"A search for 'signature' on freshmeat.net turned up 65 projects. The first one in line was Ian MacDonald's signature. Ian is the author of a number of tools for the Ruby programming language, but he wrote signature in C in order to learn the language. Ian notes in the README that 'The idea for the program came from an old Perl script in the Camel Book (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pperl2/) that demonstrated the use of named pipes...'"

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