Not gonna do it.

June 7th, 2007 by Chris

Have you ever found yourself surfing the web when your research (play time?) is interrupted by some sort of sorry registration that requires you to fill in a valid email address to continue? This happens to me all the time, and I hate it. This goes for video game patches and other online support services where they’re trying to send you ads and other junk.
Anyhow, I found the Mailinator which seems to satisfy my needs for this sort of thing most of the time. Most sites need you to receive an email so that you can ‘validate’ the address before continuing. Mailinator is interesting because it requires no registration (which would be sort-of self defeating), and allows anybody to receive email at any username they wish. The consequence of this is that the email is completely public, so I’d be careful what you send there. Theoretically, all of the messages received are obliterated in a few hours, but there is a school of thought where EVERYTHING is permanent on the Internet, so you’re at your own risk.
Try it out if you wish:

As a bit of a meta-experiment, it will be interesting to note how many folks are able to observe other people’s test messages via this service.

2 Responses to “Not gonna do it.”

  1. Jim Says:

    For mandatory registration news sites, try BugMeNot. BugMeNot is a repository of (usually) valid username/password pairs used to get around compulsory registration for free content.

  2. Chris Says:

    Sweet. Thanks for the tip. I have to admit that I prefer the idea of slowly filling the registration databases with thousands of bogus email addresses though.