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Open Letter to Long Lost Contacts

I extracted all E-Mail addresses from my archive, dating back almost 6 years. From the resulting 7303 I filtered all that didn’t seem to address individual people. That left 5466.

For a while I considered sending an email to all of these via Mailchimp. I even wrote the letter below, in English because I figured that most people would understand that. But then I decided against sending a mass e-mail, fearing that it would cause me more trouble than positive outcomes.

Instead I’m posting it on my blogs. Much less of a nuisance …



I am trying to reach out to long lost contacts. For this purpose I scanned my email archive for all email addresses in the to and from fields and imported this list into a Mailchimp list. By sending this email to this list I can see who remains subscribed and which emails bounce.

Sorry to bother you like this, in bulk, but I saw no other way how to go through this list of 7000 people. If you feel bothered by this, simply ignore it because this is the only message I will ever send to this list.

However if this reminds you that we had an interesting contact in the past, please feel free to get in touch again by any of the means mentioned below.

Since I don’t know whether we had professional or personal contact let me mention updates for both sections. And you may ignore whatever you are not interested it. Deal? 🙂

Business Updates

I am a full time iOS and Mac developer for 7 years now. I work with two smart people who are working for two clients, one in Germany, one in USA. http://www.cocoanetics.com/references/

Over the past 8 months I wrote an iOS development book on barcodes and how you can leverage these in your iOS apps. This book gives you an overview on the bar codes supported by iOS 7 and up and will open your eyes for new app ideas everywhere you see a barcode.

Now that my book is almost finished I am on the lookout for new development work. If you need something developed, I might be what you are looking for. This article gives you an overview of what I have to offer.

I’ll also pick up writing about development topics on my cocoanetics.com blog. These are the advertising opportunities for you there: http://www.cocoanetics.com/advertise/

– Web: www.cocoanetics.com
– Twitter: @Cocoanetics
– E-Mail: oliver@cocoanetics.com
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cocoanetics

Next to my software development business, I founded ProductLayer with two friends. It’s a startup looking for partners and investors. Read more about it here: http://www.cocoanetics.com/2014/02/from-barcodes-to-productlayer/

Personal Updates

I moved back to Austrian’s capital Vienna in April, into an apartment that I owned for 17 years now. I am recently single/divorced. I lost 11 kilos since the beginning of the year with a combination of Herbalife and lots of physical activity. http://oliver.drobnik.com/2014/04/bmi-normal/

I have to admit that during my time in the countryside I let many personal connections lapse. You might even say it was my arrogance, believing that I won’t need friends because I had received the ultimate life upgrade: marriage.

Let’s not dwell on the past, though. It is no problem if you make mistakes. It is only a problem if you don’t learn from them.

I’m curious what happened to you since we last spoke/e-mailed. What’s going on in my personal life you can see at any of the social media outlets mentioned below. If you feel like talking, get in touch. If not, then just save my address…. you never know.

– Web: oliver.drobnik.com
– Twitter: @oliverdrobnik
– E-Mail: oliver@drobnik.com
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oliver.drobnik
– YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mindpower74


Whether we had business or personal dealings in the past… if we lost our connection, let’s re-connect!

But if you don’t want to hear from me ever again, simply ignore this update.

kind regards
Oliver Drobnik

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