OT: a better throwaway e-mail account?

OT: a better throwaway e-mail account?

Post by Brandon J. » Wed, 17 Dec 2003 15:53:04

XXXX@XXXXX.COM is of course not my real e-mail
address. It's a throwaway account, I never check it, I never even so much
as log in. I have it because the free news service individual.net requires
a real e-mail account, they won't allow fake e-mail addresses even if the
intent is just to block spam.

My intent was to set it up so that anyone e-mailing to it would get vague
instructions about how to deduce my real e-mail address. As long as my
account is within quota, that works just fine. However, it turns out my
account is always over quota! That throwaway e-mail address gets so many MS
Corporation virus attachments that the account is quickly overwhelmed. Bulk
e-mails are only deleted automatically after 30 days - far too long a time
to clear the queue. There's no way with a basic Yahoo! mail account to
automatically delete bulk e-mail any more rapidly than that. And of course,
paying for that capability would defeat the point of using a free, throwaway
account to block spam. :-)

So my question is:
- do any of the other free e-mail accounts have a rapid, automatic e-mail
deletion capability?

Basically, I'm trying to implement a /dev/null that autoresponds with
"sorry, try my real e-mail address."

Cheers, www.indiegamedesign.com
Brandon Van Every Seattle, WA

"Desperation is the mother *** er of Invention." - Robert Prestridge

OT: a better throwaway e-mail account?

Post by Eternal Vi » Mon, 22 Dec 2003 23:14:08

Unix accounts on ISPs used to have mail programs that you could do bulk deletes

-- you could make a batch file that ran the mail prog etc... (you did have to
log in
to run it). Do they even have unix accounts on ISP's any more???

One thing that always pissed me off was that Earthlinks mail program not only
all mail automaticly, their #@$%^%$#%^ dimwitted program auto-views every
(and opens the linked web pages/ sends back a tag so they know to send you more
... -- I told EARTHLINK about this years ago and they have yet to fix it --
even tho
its costing them lots of $$$) (Funny thing - MindSprings browser didnt do the

The only good spam countermeasure might be flooding everything with fake email
(like here in usenet where they mine for them) so the non-delivered msgs clog
temporary accounts much quicker and shuts them out after only a few hundred are

Personally I would have a new law that makes SPAMing punishable by being
in your own excrement or by being beaten to death with a rake (tickets for being
the executioner distributed by lottery - and soon for sale on Ebay...)

Hmmmm, maybe we should start posting all our local/state/federal politcos email
in all our usenet posts and suddenly things might start happening....


OT: a better throwaway e-mail account?

Post by Brandon J. » Tue, 23 Dec 2003 05:41:34


President Bush just signed some kind of anti-spam legislation, to go after
"Kingpin Spammers." But offshore, international spam will remain a problem
for the forseeable future.

Cheers, www.indiegamedesign.com
Brandon Van Every Seattle, WA

20% of the world is real.
80% is gobbledygook we make up inside our own heads.