September 4th, 2003

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Disposable Email

I've heard from a number of people that the reason they don't sign up at websites like Where's George is because they need to provide an email address, and that email address may then be used for spamming or be sold to spammers. Actually, as far as I can tell, Where's George has never sold email addresses but this is a valid concern at many other websites.

The solution? Disposable email addresses. Services like Spam Motel, Sneakemail, spamgourmet and EndJunk allow you to create as many forwarding addresses as you need and turn them off if you start getting spam through those. Of those, spamgourmet seems to offer the most control, including creating email addresses that automatically shut off after a certain number of messages. I use EndJunk myself for its simplicity.

Found two more of those services today. Spamhole creates email addresses that remain active only for the specific amount of time you choose.

Mailinator doesn't require a signup process at all. Just make up any Mailinator address you want. The downside is all accounts are essentially public. Anyone can take a look if they know what ID you have chosen. But if you use a hard-to-guess ID and if it's just to pick up one or two emails, that shouldn't be a problem.

1929 down. 71 to go.

Henderson Pond
I wasn't going to go until the weather got better but this cache was brought up in this discussion forum thread so I had to check it out. It's really not bad at all.

Frank D. Zaccaria Park in West Paterson. The park features a pond, a playground, some picnic tables, the usual. The pond has a fountain in the middle. The cache was a quick walk along the side of the pond. Then a scramble over some fallen trees. Very easy find. On the way out, a maintenance worker asked if I was birdwatching. Having to explain every time is getting old. Maybe I should try to make "Plover Lover" a hip catchphrase. :)