Email aliases are a godsend to those who have to wade through lots of spam in their inbox each day. Being able to give out firstname.lastname@example.org means that if, for example, I signed up to Facebook with email@example.com I can flag any message that comes in as important. Conversely having to give my email to some site just to get some info I’m not going to want to hear from them again so I can flag firstname.lastname@example.org as spam or just less important. And it gets better, email without an alias i.e. email@example.com are spam because I no longer use that so can get deleted straight away. On the off chance I do get a spam email I can now identify which site leaked my details.
So why do lots of sites think this isn’t a valid address despite the two largest email providers Outlook.com and Gmail allowing aliases ? Poor developers and shit support staff mainly.
The following sites do not allow alias email addresses
https://www.sweatshopevents.co.uk (although to be fair it looks so badly set up that it 403.14 errors without specifying a page)
I am sure I will find more….. and that makes me cry a little inside every time :(
If you want to have a little play around with OpenStack before diving in or maybe you want to develop some cool software to interface with it, it can be handy to run OpenStack in a VM or on a single machine. Here is how I did it.
1. I’m following the guide from http://devstack.org/guides/single-machine.html who have a handy script to automate the install.
2. I’m using Ubuntu 13.10 64bit minimal version from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD
3. Install Ubuntu as you would normally.
4. Update with
sudo apt-get update
I am not a great fan of sites that say you cannot delete your account details – WordPress suggest leaving it dormant but that really isn’t a great solution. What happens if your account is hijacked ? At least if you can delete your account then you know you are safe.
If you’re wondering why I wanted to delete my WordPress account ? Well it seems I have two accounts – not sure how I managed to pick up the second one but I no longer want or need it but it will now forever live on in the interwebs…..