September 02, 2003
Mailinator beats my previous throwaway email provider spamhole. Mailinator cuts out the forwarding to your address. On 'nasty spam site X' you simple use the emailaddress 'email@example.com' the 'i_wont_have_it' should be your own secret and something other than 'i_wont_have_it'. That address is now a login (no password) for Mailinator's website where your password conformation email will be waiting. Nice.
Via Joel on Software.
Posted by Claus at September 02, 2003 02:45 PM
That sounds nice, except for one thing. Spamhole.com allows you to keep those confirmation emails because theyre in your regular inbox, while still keeping your email address secure and keeping you protected from spam.
Correct. But the problem with Spamhole is the following: I'm using throwaway email adresses to avoid spam when I'm being troubled for Yet Another Site Membership. I am already annoyed to have to spend time doing this, and last I looked Spamhole signup had gotten so bloody complicated that it completely defeated the purpose of the service by making these kinds of signups DOUBLY complicated and annoying.
I have Slogger permanently on and browser history indexing, so as soon as I've been past a mailinator signup message I have it on permanent storage.