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JUNE 2010
How to get temporary e-mail ID?
By: Ask Bob                   June 29, 2010
You know, sometimes it's a real delight (To be honest, it always is) to see the result thrown up by our webspiders after their bout of trawling. So, what's new on the Internet today? What we are about to tell ye all can be of great help if used in the right spirit. We are talking about temporary e-mail aliases. Yes, you heard right. Alias, as in false identity. You can get a fake (temporary,actually) e-mail ID that expires after some days. Do you even know that such a service existed? We are told that a couple of them do. But the most recent one is Tempalias
The way to use Tempalias is simple. You need to key in your real e-mail ID. Then, you must clarify for how many days or the number of messages you would want the fake ID valid. Eg: Valid for 5 days or Valid for 10 e-mails. That’s it. It generates you a temp alias which you can use to send out/receive e-mails to whomsoever you want. And it’s free of cost. Once the validity is over, the temp ID gets deleted automatically.
Started in April this year, the programming for this service has been done by computer programmer Philip Hofstetter while the design has been handled by Richard Haydon, a photographer. Philip has picked up the coding for this service from the tempalias.com codebase which is available licensed under the MIT license at http://github.com/pilif/tempalias.
But the question remains – why would someone wanna use a temp e-mail ID in the first place? The answer to this lies in the way this particular service works. Actually, all the e-mails sent to your alias ID In-Box are anonymously re-directed (obviously the sender will never get to know that) to your actual, registered e-mail. So, you could perhaps use a temp e-mail ID to sign up for any kind of online service or community where you do not want to supply your real e-mail address because you don't want to get spammed?
We believe there are a few similar services out there, Mailinator being one of them, but our webspiders have not yet come across those. Maybe some time later?
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Name: Tempalias          
Design - 3/5       Utility - 3/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 4/5                                   Score - 13/20
'Beam me up, Scotty'
By: Ask Bob                   June 28, 2010
One dominates cyberspace, the other used to roam outer space, finding new kingdoms and worlds. Put together, they make an awesome team. So, some brilliant guy(s) decided to use this combo and launch a website. They have taken the passion for that huge and highly successful movie Star Trek and combined it with the power of Twitter, to build a "spaced out" community. So, what's new on the Internet? You may have guessed it by now, it has something to do with Twitter. Actually, what our webspiders found is related to Twitter but in an indirect way. It is a startup called tweepmeup.com Tweetmeup is not some heavy duty startup. It has but a unique purpose - it combines outer space with the world of Tweets. How, you ask? It's like this - tweetmeup is all about the famous Star Trek movies and TV series.It has a list of collectibles, Star Trek movies, and other such memorablia plus a host of Tweets revolving around those space voyagers led by Captain Kirk and those who followed in his footsteps. Believe it or not, there is a huge Star Trek fans community out there in cyberspace, and these guys are catering to those fans. So, besides listing out the tweets by Star Trek groupies where they talk of attending Star Trek conventions ( these still around? ) this site also has free twitter-reated stuff like a Starter's Pack and so no. So only if you are a huge Start Trek fan will this website hold meaning for you.
Errr...have you forgotten something?
By: Ask Bob                                       June 26, 2010
So, whats new on the net today? Our webspiders came across this service which has a simple function - to help you remember.Spyvonot only lets you remember events but also helps you search websites and receive whatever info you care for by e-mail, SMS or to any of the chat services.
Spyvowas launched in 2009. What our webspiders liked about this service is the fact that it is simple and remember, we always love SIMPLE. Among its various uses, you can use the service to give you a wake-up call for a new product on the Internet that has just arrived. You need to register to use this service and subsequently login but the service is free. Unfortunately, there is no ‘About Us’ section to tell us the identity of the guys who are behind Spyvo, so sorry readers, there is not much we can help you there with.

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Name: Spyvo     
Design - 2/5       Utility - 3/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 4/5                                   Score - 12/20
Monitoring the dead (websites, we mean)
By: Ask Bob                                                     June 25, 2010                                                                          
So, whats new on the net today? Our webspiders say they find this service interesting and could come handy for all new websites or start-ups. Essentially, Dead Simple Monitor monitors your website every 5 minutes to find out whether it is facing any problems or wot?
DSMor Dead Simple Monitor is a simple tool at heart. Like its makers Eric Cranston and Candle Flynn has written, “ We do one thing but we do it well.” Good philosophy, that. Anyway, like we said, the idea is simple. You buy a plan from DSM (yes, you need to pay) and they monitor your website for you. Site down? Wham! There comes an instant alert from these 2 guys. The ‘Site Down’ notice can be sent to you either by e-mail or sms or any other mode of communication or all three. For online businesses where time is crucial, a down site can be frustrating and could even loss of money, besides traffic. The plan is simple enough – the DSM guys ping your website and if they get no response, they alert you. No heavy duty software to be uploaded, nothing. We at www.whatsnewonthenet.comtoo like to keep things simple, just like the DSM people.
Heard of the postbox? Not the red one but the online avataar?
By: Ask Bob                                                                                    June 17, 2010 

Most of you would think that e-mails are from the webosaur age; meaning they were born a decade ago and are on their way to becoming extinct. Right? Well, you would be so wrong. Guess, what's new on the Internet? It is the Postbox!  
Okay, first things first. Let us explain to the uninitiated among you what Postbox is all about. This e-mail service (yes, you heard right) is a product of Postbox, Inc. a company which founded by Scott MacGregor and Sherman Dickman in December of 2007, and is based in San Francisco, California. Postbox was first announced at the TechCrunch50 conference in September 2008 but its first public version was out in February 2009. Its makers claim that Postbox is perhaps one of the fastest e-mails in the whole world wide web. But it does not end there. You need to actually buy the Postbox version……going retail price is $39.95 US for a single user. There is also a Lifetime Upgrade Option available if you have another $ 24.95 US to spare (these guys have indeed found their business model).
Now, they have just launched another version of the original Postbox called…yup you guessed it right, Postbox Express. And it is free, for now atleast. We will let you decide whether you wanna pay for an e-mail service by directing you to http://www.postbox-inc.com

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Name: PostBox                                                                                                                        
Design - 3/5       Utility - 4/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 3/5                                    Score - 16/20
One-time password for use on public computers
By: Ask Bob                                                       June 13, 2010
You may not know about what we are gonna tell you in the next few lines but it is a fact that in case you wanna log on to any of your Internet accounts from a public computer, there are web applications out there that can generate a one-time password for you. Interested, eh? Just like in the world of spies, wot? So, what's new on the Internet today? This one is. Our web spiders found this new web application which we think could be of use to almost every one of the zillion net users. Actually the technology has been around for a while but its translation into action is what's new. The guys at KYPS  say their mission is to protect your privacy by providing easy-to-use protection against password theft. KYPS or Keep Your Password Safe uses the Impostor web proxy program to generate one-time codes for passwords. For every Net account registered, a user gets a list of passwords, which he can then use, one after the other, to log on to that particular account from a public computer. Once used, the password is no longer relevant. 
 It works like this: There are 2 ways for a user to generate these one-time codes a) He can register the password of an account for which he needs the one-time password with KYPS or b) He can generate the same on his local machine with the help of a Java appplet. All the user has to do is to type in his usual password to the account in the applet and hey presto, 40 one-time passwords are ready for use. Yes, at any given time, for any one account, by method (a) or (b), the application generates 40 temporary passwords. So, basically, these temp passwords are nothing but encrypted versions of your password. You can print these out and carry them in your wallet or ask KYPS to send them to you on your mobile.
There are cautionary footnotes though. For example, the guys at KYPS make it clear that these passwords keep your main password hidden from an untrusted computer but it will still not protect you against a PC trying to capture the original password in an unauthorised manner (hacking). Also, for example,if you go ahead and give your credit card number to a untrusted website, this method cannot protect your credit card from misuse.
The website is registered to guys in Duisburg, a German city, and the authorised Director for public interaction is Andreas Pashalidis. Although the service is free, registeration is needed.
Wanna opt out of search engines?
By: Ask Bob                         June 9, 2010
 New blogs always fascinate our webspiders. Especially new blogs that are about the Internet. Our creepy- crawlies recently came across one such new blog called searchenginedepotimization. Duh? We have heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services but this......?
Actually, the answer lies in the one of the very first dispatches posted on the blog in September 2009. Those who run this blog say search engine depotimizationis a niche industry to avoid bad press for those clients "who suffer from it." As example, they say that if the CEO of a company is arrested, the company's products is likely to get bad reviews from unknowledgeable bloggers. Such Internet defamation can be stopped by hiring a search engine deoptimization firm.
Besides dispatches on online reputation management, the blog also contains information on how to set your own goals before getting on to the social networking bandwagon, B2B social networking sites and so on. Unfortunately, the identity of the guys behind this blog is not spelled out clearly in the About section so we can't shed light on that one.
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Name: Search Engine Depotimization 
Design - 2/5       Utility - 2/5     Nav - 2/5     Download - 3/5                                       Score - 09/20
Mash up your personal videos
By: Ask Bob                  June 1, 2010
We all know that e-cards (greeting cards sent over the Net) are passe. Well, okay, some of you may still be using this "old" system, but e-cards are def old hat. Video e-cards followed static e-cards. Of late though, video e-cards have gone on to a whole new, exciting level - the re-mixed video e-card - as our webspiders found out.
Our webspiders deep-trawled and came up with the Mashup Card company.  This is a website built for Facebook and Myspace users who want to share lively photo birthday cards (static) or even video cards by remixing their personal content with free internet content. Yes, you read right. What Mashup allows you to do is to take your homegrown video, mix in some free stuff available on the Web, and create your own customized Mashup card. This platform helps people to embellish elements like photos, videos, text and music to create an e-card. Obviously, the end-product will be a ‘one of a kind’ card in the world because no one else will re-mix the way you do, right? You can thus customize cards for all occasions.
Mashup Arts is a Canadian company with team members from around the world. The management team comes from firms like HP, Cisco, Blast Radius and C.O.R.E Digital Pictures, and is led by President and founder of Mashup Arts, Shaun MacDonald, who has worked for 20 years in the technology business.
Still in its Beta stage, Mashup Arts allows users to build videos into the mix, so they can add things like a webcam message, an iPhonevideo clip, or a YouTube comedy clip. Users, who need to log in (for free) can build a simple card with a single photo, or a rich-media mix with slide show combinations. There is even a simple, 3-step video to demonstrate to first-timers how to use this tool.
For enterprises, Mashup Arts can integrate with existing sites to create branded environments where users can share content and develop collaborative messages.

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Name: Mashup Arts                                                                                

Design - 3/5        Utility - 2/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 4/5                                    Score - 12/20


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