Flat Earth Catalogue

2003-08-02

Ways not to get spammed:
  1. When asked for your email address, and certain when you're going to be emailed, make up an address @mailinator.com and check it within a couple hours. Receive-only, unless your actual email software lets you do arbitrary From: lines. Mailinator amounts to dead-drops that receive email.
  2. Give out addresses @spamgourmet.com or one of its alternate domains. Has reply masking, time-out of addresses by messages rather than time (with ability to extend message count), 'trusted' senders (their messages don't advance the count, but if they indiscreetly reveal your address to a spammer, the count starts growing, in which case you better notice and let him know (a) to start emailing you at another address, and (b) that he's a yutz), 'watchwords' and/or 'prefixes' to prevent generation of bogus accounts -- features galore, none of which you are obligated to use. If you're paranoid, note that you do have to give spamgourmet your real address. No one has complained of any trouble with this yet though. You also may want to track just who you give each address to (so make the word mnemonic), if you're into yutz-hunting. But you don't have to; if e's still emailing you you can make him a trusted for that address, or if e's not who cares who it was you gave the address to, it's all spam now.
  3. Sneakemail has a cleaner-looking interface, and uses randomly-generated (strong) addresses. But you have to generate them before you use them. It has a lot of features, including multiple real addresses, filtering by pattern-match, the option to put user-defined strings into headers for further sorting in your own program, and so on and so forth and suchlike. A big win is that it helps you track who you gave each address to, so eir name shows up attached to the spam e's responsible for. You can then chew em out, or set that address to default bounce unless the From: has eir address in it, or just trash the address and never hear from em again. That said, filtering into different boxes or folders is really something to be done later, with perhaps myrealbox. And of these three, sneakemail is the only one with cumulative-bandwidth limits, or free-vs.-paid accounting. (Accounts are cheap though.) Autocreation is only possible with a paid account, and it's based on a key system not as flexible as spamgourmet's prefixes. Sneakemail also runs off of advertising unless you get a premium account. It's spamgourmet for my money.

23:30

2003-07-30

IBabble is an app for decoding Unicode and viewing it. A browser can call it as a helper app, or it can stand alone. This collection of Unicode fonts is a resource to be reckoned with. And this page points to copious resources for cyrillicizing Windows, with various encodings, fonts, and keyboard layouts.
23:05

The University of Freiburg Master's of European Linguistics program is très cool: Start out with English or German, acquire the other (and pass a fluency exam in it), take French or another a Romance language, take class work and a research stay in a foreign country, and write a 20,000 word thesis not in your native tongue. Wow.
22:48

2003-07-28

The ACEDB FAQ answers questions about this intriguing object-oriented database system.
23:21

Packet8 is a phone-over-broadband technology -- free calls to other users, metered calls (at flat rate) to U.S. and Canada (inc. Hawaii, Alaska), and metered incoming calls from anywhere. Your number remains, regardless of where you actually connect from. Clever. Is the pricing competitive?
23:18

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