Automate with IFTTT
“IFTTT is a great service that enables users to connect different web applications (e.g., Facebook, Evernote, Weather, Dropbox, etc.) together through simple conditional statements known as “Recipes”.” (via wikipedia)
IFTTT stands for “if this then that”. That is, if a condition is met, then an action is triggered.
Here is a nice introductory video. It shows how to get an SMS if it’s going to rain tomorrow:
Let’s see another example. Say you have a favourite TV show that you want to watch as soon as possible. When the new episode is out, you want to get an email notification.
As reddit user ACreatureVoidOfForm pointed out, we need Showrss.info and ifttt.com. “Create a page on showrss for all the shows you watch and generate an RSS feed. Create a rule on ifttt to email you when a new entry is added to the feed.” (tip from here)