Monday 22 August 2005 — This is almost 18 years old. Be careful.
My wife Susan will be interviewed by Joan Hamburg on WOR-AM in New York City this morning. It’s one of many interviews happening these days, see the whole list at her new events page.
To listen to the interview live from work, I broke down and installed Real player. During the installation, I was asked to register, and of course didn’t want to use my real email address. I entered “email@example.com”, and was told, “That email address is already registered.” LOL! So I put in “firstname.lastname@example.org”, but it was also already registered. Holy cow! Now invasive registrations are a pain because we all keep choosing the same bogus email addresses! “email@example.com” finally worked.
And yes, if an enrollment form does a quick MX lookup on the domain to see if its valid, both nil.nil and example.com will fail. Mailinator.com, of course, will always work.
We can get into a long debate about the ethics of writing software, and of using it. Real is in a very tough business, and they have to be aggressive and scrappy to stay in it. That's fine. I don't mind being scrappy back at them.
I also mute the commercials on TV.
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