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Avoid spam with 10 Minute Mail

We all get spam. Even the careful among us who treat their email address to careful primping and grooming and rarely giving it out to websites, are still likely to encounter helpful Nigerians who wish to give us some of one of their client’s money. Or perhaps carefully crafted works of literature which flog Viagra or endow us with sex tips: (“Love Maaking Tips That Will Blow the Cobwebs From nAy Relationship That’s Struggling sexually”.) As useful as these adverts are, you may, for some strange reason, wish to keep your inbox for only real emails. Heaven forbid you’d want to do such a thing. 10 Minute Mail provides a solution to all that wonderful spam by giving you temporary email address which you can use for registration or when it’s demanded of you by a source you’re not quite sure about.

A 10 Minute Mail inbox

A 10 Minute Mail inbox

As the name of the service implies, it gives you an email address that lasts for 10 minutes. These are a randomly generated series of letters and digits, such as: b187136@tyldd.com. Below the box which gives you your email address is a simple interface for seeing your incoming emails. You’ll need to refresh the page to have it updated. Much like a standard email client or webmail provider, incoming emails are listed and you can click an email’s subject line to view the text in its entirety. You won’t be able to send emails from it, but that’s not really the point of the service. Its intention is to allow you to use an email address that you don’t care about in order to register for a service or download a piece of software. This saves you giving out your real email address, and therefore prevents you receiving any spam from them or other parties who they might pass it on to.

10 minutes might not be long enough to get your stuff done. Therefore you’ll be able to extend the time if it runs out. You can extend the life of your mayfly-like address in ten minute intervals each time. I’m not sure how many times you can extend it, but you should be able to do it enough times to easily finish the string of registration or download emails you’re sorting out, which usually doesn’t take long at all. If it does run out or you don’t renew it in time, you can always get a new one to use for any other registration or downloads.

If you need to save any of the information, you’ll have to copy and paste it into a document or save the webpage, since your generated email address will implode after the given amount of time and you won’t be able to access the emails after the implosion has taken place. You can grab your temporary email address from www.10minutemail.com

Safari 4 beta released

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Apple’s Safari browser, originally a Mac OS only product, has been released on the Windows platform for some time now. However, a new version has been released for testing, and it’s pretty polished for a beta. Its speed is astonishing – slightly faster than the other front runner for speed, Google Chrome, and astonishingly faster than the most widely

used browser, Internet Explorer 7. It also adds some nifty new features: ‘top sites’ appears in an aesthetically pleasing

The Safari history cover-flow

The Safari history cover-flow

showcase when opening a new tab; a cleaner and more complementary interface has been donned, replacing the awkward-looking brushed aluminium of its predecessor; and the ability to flick visually your bookmarks in a similar way to Apple’s famous Cover Flow on their iPods and Operating System is a welcome addition.

The new look for Safari sees an end to the somewhat obtrusive Mac-style appearance which the previous versions forced into Windows. Instead, it has a much more ‘Vista-ish’ appearance, allowing the glass of Vista in the title-bar to shine though. It’s also used Chrome’s bright idea of moving the tabs to the top, making good use of the title-bar; therefore allowing more room for the webpage to be viewed and wasting less on the browser’s frame. As mentioned, it also ports Apple’s trademark flair for visuals: Safari greets the user with a sleek grid of their most commonly used websites when a new tab is opened. It also allows the user to search through their bookmarks and history using a Cover Flow type interface, where each page is represented by an image of it, rather than just the name or address, as in most browsers.

However, it’s still lacking in some features which you might expect. There is no ability to add custom search providers: this means you’ll have to navigate to the site you want to search in order to use the search box there, rather than simply using the search box built into the browser. I was quite startled to see that this feature had not been included in this release, as it’s commonplace in all other modern browsers, greatly saving time for the user. There is also a lack of customisation options: the user is limited to a very small number of buttons which can be added to the toolbar. It also currently to lack the ability to save tabs when closing it and have them reopen when next using Safari – a must for anyone who wants to quickly get back to the websites they were using last time. The new look also seems somewhat out of place on Windows XP; the baby-blue of XP’s default theme do not work well with the new use of the titlebar.

A pleasing sight for all web developers is the 100/100 results on the Acid 3 Test. This means that it should have no problem handling the modern coding standards – allowing it to display modern websites seamlessly and quickly. It also aces the CSS3 Selectors test. By comparison, Microsoft’s latest offering, Internet Explorer 8, comes nowhere near to Safari’s results in either of the tests.

It’s certainly worth trying out, but I’m not convinced that it’s worth the switch for most users. However, it does seem to go a long way to helping dissolve a lot of the bad press and opinions which are often vented about this browser. It’s still in beta so I hope to see the fairly minor issues ironed out by the time of its full release. Why not check it out and see what you think?

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