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Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

davidpfarrell Yahoo's Version Is Nice (286 comments)

Yahoo's had this feature for years - You choose a separate prefix (not your actual email) and can configure '-suffix' addresses to create 'prefix-suffix@yahoo.com' temporary addresses.

These are managed from your main email account and you can configure as many as you want, I have more than 100 of them.

You can even configure to send from the address if you like and it shows up in your From dropdown when you create a new message.

Having a prefix separate from your actual email address provides some security.

Also, having to configure them vs creating them on the fly means that if you get a spam that someone truly gave/sold your email address away.

I do wish it were easier to create addresses, like a toolbar widget or a task tray app to quickly create one in when I'm on a website that needs an email.

Better would be no prefix at all and a simple app to generate random addresses and copy to clipboard with one click... Or right-click an input field and have an option to drop an email address.

more than 3 years ago

New Ads That Watch You

davidpfarrell Ad Adjusts To Increase Attentiveness (238 comments)

And I expect to see it done on The Simpsons first:

Homer stops to daydream in front of an ad cam.

The cam notices Homer and begins playing a Duff Beer ad.

Homer starts to lose interest so the ad steps it up with increased babeage.

Homer eventually loses interest again, so the ad steps up the babeage again.

But this time it doesn't work and Homer turns to leave.

In a last ditch effort, the ad tosses in some donut references and BAM!

Homer is locked into the ad again.

MMMM, beer and donuts...

more than 5 years ago

10 Years of Baldur's Gate

davidpfarrell equivalent on Wii ? (63 comments)

Some friends of mine, a couple, love to play Baulder's Gate together on their PS2.

They just recently acquired a Wii, and wanted to know if there are any equivalent games for the Wii?

I tried to do some research for a 2 player simul dungeon crawler but honestly couldn't find anything.

Anyone got any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your time,


more than 6 years ago

Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software?

davidpfarrell Follow-Up By OP (586 comments)

I just wanted to give a follow-up on my search for a 64-Bit Virus solution.

I ended up going with AVAST Free for now.

Installation was pretty smooth with the hardest part being updating my firewall to allow AVAST to grab updates.

In case anyone wonders, the following AVAST proggies need outbound access through the firewall:

* ashServ.exe
* ashWebSv.exe
* aswUPdSrv.exe
* Setup\avast.setup

"avast.setup" was a bit hard to configure because the "choose program" widget in the Vista firewall app only allows you to select ".exe" files - Just choose any nearby .exe file and then modify the input box by hand to point to avast.setup

If I end up having any problems with Avast, then I'll look into NOD32 and then Kaspersky

Thank you to everyone who took time to reply.

more than 6 years ago

Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software?

davidpfarrell Best AV/App-Watch/Firewall for 64 Bit Windows? (586 comments)

I'm trying to move from 32-bit XP to 64-bit vista, and one of the things keeping me from making the switch is trying to find a good 64-bit virus program.

I'm using ZoneAlarm on XP and one of the things I like most about it is the applications watching and firewall.

Having it authorize net access and system access is a feature I find very nice to have.

Unfortunately, it looks like ZoneAlarm is not in the 64-bit game.

Correction: They were beta testing a 64-bit windows version sometime ago but have dropped it completely with no apparent mention of trying again.

Currently for firewall on Vista, I use the built-in firewall with full deny by default and then configure applications to go through on a one-by-one basis.

But I really liked being notified when apps tried to do any potentially dangerous activities like run each time the system is loaded or modify the hosts file, etc.

So anybody got a good replacement on 64-bit Vista for paranoid users like myself?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

more than 6 years ago


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