April 2004

Email services and more

I stumbled across cotse.net a little while ago and am seriously considering subscribing. They’re an outgrowth of the cotse.com privacy site. For $5.95/mo. you get unlimited email aliases which you can turn on and off with 50MB of storage, POP3 and secure POP3, SMTP and secure SMTP, and both NNTP and web proxies. For a $25 setup fee they’ll provide the same for your own domain (you handle the registration). Why would I do this? I’m an email alias junkie. When I sign up for something at a site and they want an email address, I create one and give it to them. Many times I keep that alias around to read their newsletters and such but sometimes I get tired of the advertising or just can’t find out how to unsubscribe from their mailings so I need a way to disable the alias. Sure, I’ve got my own domains (tonys-links.com is one) so I can do what I like with email addresses but I like to keep tabs on my aliases and am willing to pay for it. I’ve been using Mailshell for a couple of years now for similar but less extensive services at about half the price.

Information about cotse.net’s services is available here with more detailed info here.

I’ll let you know what happens.

Bringing the Internet to its knees?

No doubt you’ve heard about this “new vulnerability” that can “bring the Internet down”. The real scoop is in US-CERT’s TA04-111A. Well, first, it’s not a new vulnerability, it’s an exploit of an old one that was published back in 2001. Next, the chances of any of the major hubs NOT addressing this issue is almost nil.

So, what’s the deal? I dunno, a slow newsday and the hounds were looking for anything that’d move product, I guess. I’m not saying it’s an inconsequential flaw, just that it doesn’t foretell the end of the world or anything like that.

Free site: store files for 48 hours for pickup

The Dropload.com site says:

“Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 48 hours, regardless if they have been picked up or not. Recipients can be anyone with an email address.”

Pretty neat. 50M filesize limitation and, of course, you shouldn’t use it for illicit purposes.

Increase Max Connections in IE

Internet Explorer has a default of 4 maximum simultaneous connections. That’s just way too low.

Microsoft’s KnowledgeBase article on this (183110) tells you how to change this. Modify the following two keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet&nbspSettings: MaxConnectionsPerServer and MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server.