Recently, I decided to have a look and see what new ways I could find to increase my productivity by finding new software and creating alerts. I was prompted to explore by the recent rise in emails that have come to my inbox that have no address on them. Intrigued by this, I searched for and found 10-minute mail.  These programs allow you to create a temporary, disposable address. The idea is to use it to avoid spam, although it can be used in reverse. It’s original purpose though is to avoid spam – when you visit a site, they always want to collect details from you, to use for marketing. What 10-minute mail does is create an email address for you that lasts for 10 minutes. The moment you click on the link, it generates an email address and a temporary inbox, so you can use the email address on any site, when they send a confirmation email you can respond and any spam will go to a dead address, instead of your inbox. There is over a full page of listings when you pop this in the search engine, allowing you to find the one that suits you best.

While researching for a presentation I came across AlternativeTo – it’s another interesting site that’s useful to find free options that are similar to paid software applications. The site offers crowdsourced software recommendations for programs such as Adobe’s Illustrator, Acrobat and Photoshop and the offerings are both commercial and personal, including games and YouTube as an example. There’s a category for the most viewed apps and software, with one for recently discontinued apps. There are user reviews and comments to access other experiences and find the best replacement.

Lastly, Camel Camel Camel is a free Amazon price tracker that is designed to help you save money when you are thinking of shopping on Amazon. They have sites specific to the US, Australia and many other countries. You create a free account and in return, you can create Price watches with alerts via email plus view the price history of the Amazon products you are interested in. The price history shows whether prices have been steady, are dropping and what are the high/low/average prices.  It can import your Wishlist from Amazon as well, then you can view the historical prices and set alerts. There’s no need to login to Amazon to use any of camelcamelcamel’s functions, which protects your privacy and payment details.