Saturday, September 27, 2008

OtherInBox Private Beta Invites

The otherinbox team have allocated 26 beta invites for readers of efl20 blog :)
All you need to do to get your account is click on this link

OtherInBox - "The Cure For Email Overload" launched at the TC50 conference in San Francisco earlier this month. As I mentioned in the previous post, I think this could be an excellent service for educators who need student email addresses to enable students to sign up for web services, while at the same time having to ensure their students' privacy.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

otherinbox - solution for student accounts is a new, still in beta service, which enables the user to create unlimited email addresses on the fly, based on his account it could be very useful for teachers needing to set up "fake" student email addresses to enable students to sign up to webservices.
The gmail+ system used by many educators is useful but not all web services support sign up from email addresses which incorporate a plus sign. Of course it is possible to sign up to many websites with a completely bogus mail address but that puts the dampers on retrieving passwords etc in the event that students forget them.

With user (in our case, teacher) gets a mail subdomain which catches all mail sent to it. So if the subdomain is: mail sent to and mail sent to are both caught by the mailbox and automatically placed in the respective folder, ie the jostudent folder and the susan folder. This enables the teacher to see at a glance which alias has new mail, see screencapture. There is no need to set up the aliases ahead of time, they are created automatically when mail arrives in the inbox.

At present incoming mail can only be automatically forwarded to the account holders primary mail, however if it were possible to set up filters to forward to other mail accounts, I could see this as being an excellent service not only for enabling students to sign up for web services but also for moderating student mail.

Posted by email from susan's posterous

Friday, September 5, 2008

Post to Twitter and Blog from Posterous

Posting to twitter, blogger and posterous from 1 email message.
Posterous, "blog from your email". Posterous automatically, publishes
attachments in suitable format.
If you haven't tried posterous yet, it's definitely worth checking out!

Posted by email from susan's posterous