All good things have some kind of negative aspect. Take the case of email. It’s a revolutionary technology that’s changed the way people communicate. There are many advantages of email over snail-mail – it’s lightning fast, costs little or no money and is really convenient as it can be sent from a variety of digital devices.
However, the scourge of spam (unsolicited messages) has been its bane. Every email account holder has faced spam in some form or the other.
But how do spammers get hold of your email address? It’s not as difficult as you might think. All it takes providing your details on an unscrupulous web site – you know the one with that too-good-to-resist offer. That’s it! Your email address along with millions of others is going to be sold off and would be available to spammers.
All of us at one point or the other have been enticed by irresistible offers on questionable web sites. Now most web developers I know provide an alternate Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail account instead of their main email address. But it’s kind of stupid to maintain an additional email account just for this purpose. For instance, it can be quite frustrating trying to recall the password. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a temporary email account that one could use?
So if you ever wanted an email address for a few minutes, you are in luck. The 10 Minute Mail provides you with an email account that will last for 10 minutes (more if you wish to). The best part is, you don’t need to fill up a cumbersome form – you open the web site and the email account is read! Great service.
Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time, didn't invent the light bulb. He simply improved upon it to create a practical, long-lasting incandescent source of light! The light bulb was first demonstrated in 1878 by British physicist Joseph Swan. The inventor used carbonised paper as a filament and patented the bulb in 1880. The next year, London's Savoy Theatre became the world's first public building to be lit by the electric wonder. Edison's genius was to understand the nature of the bulb and painstaking test hundreds of materials as filaments. After many trials, his group finally arrived at a carbon bamboo filament which would not only make the bulb last longer (1,200 hours) but could also be produced cheaply. They demonstrated their light bulb on 31st December 1979. Edison too filed and received a patent for his electric bulb. Including Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan, there were a total of eight inventors working on the electric bulb at that time. [more...]