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I don't know another way to say "Thank yo...

2012-01-27T12:13:39.984-08:00

I don't know another way to say "Thank you" to you, so i'm putting it here. I have bookmarked Mailinator.com and tagged it as: intelligent, funny, useful, tool



Nice job Saint Paul ! Thanks a lot from the bottom...

2009-08-08T22:16:51.057-07:00

Nice job Saint Paul !
Thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart.
from Tehran,Iran



It's hard to imagine life without Mailinator. Tha...

2009-02-03T07:29:00.000-08:00

It's hard to imagine life without Mailinator. Thank you for sharing!



i really appreciated reading your article, your bl...

2008-12-20T22:10:00.000-08:00

i really appreciated reading your article, your blog is full of interesting informations... i ll add it to my favourits and share it to my friends...



I also forgot this part until my brother (who visi...

2008-07-15T14:00:00.000-07:00

I also forgot this part until my brother (who visited your site on my suggestion) wrote me a mail pointing it out - he is also rolling on the floor laughing. This is what he said:

"I like the FAQ. Esp:

'So if the government issued a subpeona to Mailinator to divulge emails or logs, you'd rat me out?

Holy crap, yes. I'm not going to jail for you, I have a boyish face and very (very) supple skin.'"

hahaha....

Harry



Paul, your service ROCKs! I don't think I will be ...

2008-07-15T12:42:00.000-07:00

Paul, your service ROCKs! I don't think I will be able to fit all the adjectives that describe Mailinator into this post. The sweet revenge I can take on spammers using your service is simply beyond words!

You not only have an awesome service, but are funny and HILARIOUS, to boot! For example, in your FAQ:

"This sounds pretty insecure, what if I want to send important emails with sensitive super-secret information in them to Mailinator?

Then you are a stupid-head. That isn't what this is for.

So Mailinator solves the Spam problem?

Heck no. If it solved the spam problem it would probably be called IBMinator or MICROSOFTinator or something even catchier cuz we would have sold it and we'd be zillionaires off pursuing our real dream of helping nice people like Dr. Bahutu of Nigeria who keeps emailing us asking for our help transferring some funds."

ROTFL! hahahahahahaha! I wish all FAQs were this funny! I _love_ a non-comedy website that uses humor to make our lives more pleasant! hahahahaha...

Keep it up! I have a link to your site at mine.

Harry
http://harry.cckerala.com



Thanks for the service!I've used it for a few year...

2007-07-10T15:02:00.000-07:00

Thanks for the service!
I've used it for a few years now. :)



Paul wrote:Every time I read some comment about Ma...

2007-05-07T00:56:00.000-07:00

Paul wrote:

Every time I read some comment about Mailinator, someone always points out something like "Yeah, well sites will start banning any email from Mailinator and then it will be worthless". Guys. Its been 3 years. A handful of sites have indeed blocked email from Mailinator...


Nice article, Paul, but in the above section you meant to write "to Mailinator" rather than "from Mailinator."

Regards,
Dave Burton
dave at burtonsys dot com but please no spam



Hey,I actually just stumbled up your blog and want...

2007-05-05T01:15:00.000-07:00

Hey,

I actually just stumbled up your blog and wanted to say thanks for sharing that. I've used mailinator many times.

Years ago I had created something similar to mailinator but for my personal use only, but I created it in a very non-creative way.

I basically just created a catch-all mail domain and had sendmail feed off incoming email for that domain to a perl script I wrote to parse the message and store parts of it in a mysql database.

It got the job done but very inefficiently, but when I first came across mailinator I have to admit I was wondering how many servers it took to handle that much email, under the assumption that it was similar in design to what I had created.

So needless to say reading this post gave me an "aha!". I eventually went a somewhat similar route by coding a somewhat "light" smtp server using berkeley sockets API to accept, process, and then discard each email without storing to disk. It made a world of difference.

Thanks for mailinator and thanks for sharing that information and getting me thinking.



Excellent Post!!on a related note, you might be in...

2007-03-20T10:59:00.000-07:00

Excellent Post!!

on a related note, you might be interested to know that no data can be received before the smtp banner, and that many spammers WILL send you data before they receive it to minimize the time to send an email.
What I am doing in an antispam server I've written, is delay the smtp banner by 2 seconds and then checking whether there is data ready to be read. If there's data, you can safely drop the connection right away. I'm stopping around 300 spam emails daily (keep in mind that my server is by no means a high-traffic site) with this small optimization that requires only a few lines of code.

Anyway, thanks for mailinator and for the post.

Juanjo (juanjo not at gutierrezdequevedo.com)



Amazing! I never would have had the gumption to fo...

2007-03-10T16:30:00.000-08:00

Amazing! I never would have had the gumption to forgo a database. In fact, I don't think I would have even thought of it. I mean, you have to have a database, right?

As I read the article, I kept wondering if compressing the emails would be too expensive, and I was thinking about having another thread that would get them out of the pool, compress them, and put them back. It wouldn't matter if it ran behind, because it wouldn't need to keep up (the pool would be able to deal with a mix of compressed and uncompressed messages), but any savings it would add would just be gravy.

Then I read that you're already compressing them all. I wonder, though, if my idea would be good for some other things that might be too expensive to do on every message as it comes in, like filtering for the same message body received many times over, not just subjects, or even Bayesian filtering.

I was also curious if WeakReference or WeakHashMap plays into how it works, or if it's strictly a matter of removing the oldest entries, like LinkedHashMap's removeEldestEntry feature.

In any case, I've been an on-again-off-again user of mailinator for some time now. Thanks for the service, and thanks for this fascinating peek behind the scenes at how it works.

Dave Conrad



Paul, I should say, i have heard of similar servi...

2006-12-14T12:00:00.000-08:00

Paul,

I should say, i have heard of similar services, but never thought about what it would take to implement it.

Really clever, smart, cute and a realistic architecture !

I'm thrilled, i ever read your post :) - Mailinator, fully justifies your tag "Entrepreneur trapped in an engineer's body" :)

Thanks for sharing it with us !

Arvind



Great post Paul !Thanks for sharing your architect...

2006-12-07T08:21:00.000-08:00

Great post Paul !
Thanks for sharing your architecture.
Enjoy your day (without spam)