Back in the old days on the Internet people used to do things for the sake of community. Those days are gone. Everywhere you look there are ads… even here! Every good deed leads back to an ulterior motive.
I needed a driver for my printer, having completed a software rebuild of this computer yesterday. I couldn’t easily find the manufacturer so I went to a repository of drivers. I can’t even remember the place’s name
They have drivers for pretty much everything… all free. All you have to do is register.
Call me a skeptic, but I already get enough spam. But, I have a secret weapon. It’s called “Mailinator.”
Welcome to Mailinator(tm) – Its no signup, instant anti-spam service. Here is how it works: You are on the web, at a party, or talking to your favorite insurance salesman. Wherever you are, someone (or some webpage) asks for your email. You know if you give it, you’re gambling with your privacy. On the other hand, you do want at least one message from that person. The answer is to give them a mailinator address. You don’t need to sign-up. You just make it up on the spot. Pick email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – pick anything you want (up to 15 characters before the @ sign).
Later, come to this site and check that account. Its that easy. Mailinator accounts are created when mail arrives for them. No signup, no personal information, and when you’re done – you can walk away – an instant solution to one way spammers get your address. Its an anti-spam solution for everyone. The messages are automatically deleted for you after a few hours.
This isn’t a real secret as ‘Mailinator‘ claims to receive about 600,000 emails daily! It’s saved me a lot of grief… and spam.