I've been thinking of something lately. You can easily probe this forum for new posts by doing "lynx -source http://www.linuxforums.org/ | grep folder_new_big". There are of course more sophisticated ways, but that's the easiest. What I've had in mind for a while is notifying myself whenever a new post arrives, but I cannot think of a good program to use to do the actual notification. I've thought up some options:
1. Play a sound. I could easily miss this if I'm not by the computer at the moment, though.
2. Use write. Sometimes, however, I don't have a terminal open, and even though I might have, it might be in another workspace.
3. Use some mail notification applet for the panel. This feels like a very unelegant solution, though.
4. Write a program that pops up a window whenever a notification request is sent to a socket or something. It feels like this would take too long to be worth it, especially since I've done almost no X programming at all.
As you can see, I'm have a horrible, life-endangering dilemma here, to say the least. I bet there is some perfect application that comes with the distribution that I've missed. If someone knows which one that is, please tell me.