If you’ve spent any great length of time browsing round “the Interweb”, chances are you’ve run into one of these compulsory registration sites. And, if you have, it’s quite possible you’ve run into the rather lovely BugMeNot. (For the uninitiated, it’s a communal site where anyone can set up a phoney account with one of these registration-requiring sites, whereupon anyone can use it.) This often gets one around the problem quite nicely.
However, some other sites are a little more annoying in that they want to send you a confirmation e-mail with a password in it, or a link you have to visit to confirm your address. Sadly, this category of sites includes most of those which offer free evaluation copies of their software, such as Zend and NuSphere, both of whom produce PHP coding IDEs that I’m quite keen on trying out. Bit of a bugger to get round, you might think.
Not according to the public-spirited folks at Mailinator.com. Essentially, the idea is a very simple one – unlimited temporary accounts. You think of a suitably exciting name (anything from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org), and Mailinator will store any e-mail received for that account for a few hours – more than enough to reply to a confirmation e-mail. After that, the account vanishes into the ether.
Just so long as some corporate bigwig doesn’t start bombarding them with cease-and-desist orders, problem solved