Monday, September 8, 2008

Mailinator: Postal Service-style fast-food

Any more or less active Internet user is certainly faced with a situation where to register at the forum or any other interesting resource required to indicate a valid address e-mail, which will be sent to the password and/or activates login link. But few people in such a situation indicates his normal address - wants to remain anonymous, and even spam, no one cancels ... You can, of course, free to register box at one of the many mail servers on the Net. However, not all do: someone simply laziness, someone reluctant to remember the new combination ID/password or waste time, factory address, you want to get just one letter.

Especially for such situations and set up web-service This is a very peculiar mail server, requires no registration - at all! Moreover, the user Mailinator 'but is not required to torture, pridumyvaya unallocated name for their mail. Any address @, which can only come, already exists.

Of course, the framers of the service do not engage in leisure "vbivaniem" in the database trillion alphanumeric combinations. Once referred to a letter addressed to come, Mailinator automatically creates the appropriate account in its mailing database. Accordingly, when registering at the forum site or can simply indicate any visitor to the head address ending in "". However, a pair of restrictions are there. Name mailbox is limited to 25 characters, but also it must be valid email address. This means that to use any combination like "127 @ valentin @" can not be. That's all, no other restrictions.

To check e-mail, enough to get into the site and enter the name of the mailbox in the box "Check your inbox!", Then click the "Go!". Password not required - he was not provided. Of course, in this case, check your e-mail sent to the box-type could anyone. Yes service and is not intended to obtain letters of important information. As stated on the site of service, "the official privacy policy Mailinator - complete lack of confidentiality."

However, if you still want to preserve their correspondence secret from curious strangers, enough to choose the name of the type 3328tygslo0lj5h5a. According to the developers of service, potentially there is some "830 trillion trillion trillion" different e-mail-addresses Mailinator. Guess searched agree, will slozhnovato.

Of course, send e-mail with Mailinator 'as possible; could not be independently also delete the mail - a few hours after viewing all messages automatically removed (so do not forget to save copies of correspondence received on your PC). It turns out that the same virtual mailbox can simultaneously use a few people. Largely for this reason that the mailbox at the Mailinator 'e can not contain more than 10 messages simultaneously, and the maximum size of 120 Kb letter restricted. Also not accepted html-letter format, and all attached files "cut". So you from viruses in any event insured.

Do Mailinator 'and a number of other secrets, which over time opened a permanent users. Some of these secrets to provide additional protection for user privacy, others, in contrast, are intended to podstrahovki senders of letters. I now open a few secrets quick and easy checking his mailbox at the Mailinator-f.

First, you can use a special "native" widget on its web-page. To get his code, should pass at Secondly, the mailbox, say, vasia.pupkin @, you can check directly from your browser by typing in the Address direct link type Of course, such a reference could be immediately placed in browser bookmarks or make it a label on the Desktop - who both love. A third option - to check mail via RSS: the reference to rss-tape is present on the page viewing any mailbox in the Mailinator 'f. However, it turned out, most users prefer not utruzhdat themselves alternate routes and checks his mailbox directly to the Mailinator site button "Go!", As has been described above.

Other such services I have not seen, but if the site at which you register, do not want to send a letter confirming the domain, a website Mailinator 'but you can choose among several alternative postal domains working on a similar principle. And their list is regularly updated.

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Programming - it is also creativity

Now, when programmers are looking for the place of work, which will pay more and more, such as sailing into the notion of "interesting project". But programming - this is not the only way to earning money, but also creativity. Or anymore? ..

If you ask programmers, exactly why they chose this profession, it is unlikely to hear in response that they were denied sleep thinking about billions Gates, Dzhobsa and below them. Typically, those who live only thoughts of Financial opt for another profession associated with the money the most direct way - say, a banker. But most of those who decided to link their lives with compilers and debuggers, did so precisely because at the time of his choice of profession was simply interested in messing with the computer and liked to program. But, of course, is among programmers and those who came to the profession precisely for a long ruble - and thanks to worthy of their earnings becomes more and more.

The trend that and say, does not inspire optimism. After all, wishing to earn well in the lucrative field often do not have sufficient skills in the field of programming and, most importantly, do not have the slightest desire to improve standards. It is those people who came to creating the software industry is not vocation, were largely the cause of the proliferation of such phenomena as "bydlokoderstvo" - that is steadily writing bad code. Venture to suggest that these people are also the cause of the poor quality of many modern applications, because they are written such "specialists" who are not concerned with either users or obtained as a result of security applications.

But the biggest damage caused by this category of software is, so to speak, in the true path Disposal those who are calling for a programmer. What I have in mind? Everything is simple. Programmer vocation as a true creator, enjoying the fruits of their work only when work is in line with its own notions of the beautiful. A good presentation of these programmers are more or less all the same - they called "elegant solution" and "beautiful code". Those who went to the programmers not to call the soul, but in the pursuit of money, not tormented for optimal implementation of a delicate moment in the program and certainly will not engage in such nonsense as peredelyvanie working, but poorly read the code. Humans are known to herd animals, and programmers - people too. If the programming team that is dominated nedoprogrammisty (and about why they are there and usually dominate, more), the true programmers (ie class spices) are beginning to feel uncomfortable and ultimately potihonechku down to a level not experiencing their delight Programming from colleagues.

The paradox of the situation is that now works in the software industry is not very welcome. Because software development is often compared with the construction of buildings, I also take this analogy. Are there many of creativity required of masonry, plasterers, malaria and other professionals working directly on a construction site? In principle, even from the foreman of any creative effort is required. From the people are waiting only executive and integrity - it is up to them and depend, ultimately, the quality of buildings erected. In industry programming situation is such that the erection of model buildings involved, basically, people with architectural education - it is believed that without specialists they will not be able to fully participate in the construction. But creativity on the part of these architects somehow categorically not welcome. Head believes this way: if reinforced concrete began creative approach to the preparation of the solution, experimenting with proportions of sand and cement, it is unlikely to lead to better quality homes, which should result in the end. Similarly, and in the software industry - have spent technology, which, as mnogoetazhki in sleeping areas, food stamp program, and if the creative artist prevents this technology, the artist better zasunut this creativity away.

Unfortunately, creativity and technology - are the two poles in the industry programming, and mix them in any proportions accounted for in each project. As the model mnogoetazhek need more than villas on individual projects, while the technology that takes precedence over creativity. If not in quality, then, in quantitative terms, but because programming is becoming less creative profession, and penetration in the industry of people who are interested not so much the process of writing programs, but the amount required in the accounting statements at the end of the month - quite natural phenomenon . And such people are interested employers, because their smaller problems and concerns. Well, all right, that they will not be able to create outstanding software product - in fact, none outstanding products in advance and has no plans as outstanding, and in general ... "Tahiti, Tahitian ... we have not been to any Tahiti, and here we are fed well."

In general, as the saying goes, that certainly is not ugly ... Creativity programmers spills in the stunning open source-products created not for money but for the soul, and, in principle, industry and users virtually nothing to lose from such a situation. But managers and worthwhile to ponder: perhaps the use of architects bricklayers on the ground - not the best way to high profits?

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