Self Destructing Email?

Old concept, really nice execution…. and such an ample opportunity for abuse.

“BigString Corporation has created a revolutionary new email service that allows users to control their sent email. The Company’s BigString product is an email service for both individuals and businesses that is recallable and changeable. With a patent pending technology, BigString allows a user to easily send, recall, erase, self-destruct and modify an email after it has been sent. BigString users have unprecedented control over all of their email, whether they choose to send it through the website or an email client such as Outlook.

BigString’s emails look and feel like any other emails that you get, except that the sender has complete control over all of their email functions by clicking on the “Edit Sent Mail” button. Our unique “Edit Sent Mail” feature allows you to recall, erase, add or delete attachments and self-destruct your emails after they have been sent. BigString has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that covers the BigString software, methodology and business processes for recallable and erasable email.”

I’ll email myself, read it, and wait for it to self destruct…-or-…even better, change content completely. Sent myself an email…read it, closed it….I had set it to destruct in 10 minutes. Dang…freakin’ text disappeared before my eyes!

Gonna try the edit text function now. I could not manage to edit text once it had been delivered. Oh well…it did manage to delete well enough.

I was able to forward too, despite selecting “no forward” option. However, after deleting, forwarded msg was deleted too.

Opinion…cute as a novelty item, but I would not trust it to anything that may have legal ramifications. It’s an old, faulty method. The magic email links to remote images under the control of the mail service. The images are simply changed or deleted at the user-specified time. If your email client blocks remote images, all you will see is little red “X”‘s.

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The “I upgraded to a new version, but I liked the old version better” problem.

Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the options you liked are no longer available. has been supplying the online community with old versions of various programs since 2001. The service is utilized by thousands of users every day and has been featured in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television. has several objectives. One is to discourage the use of spyware by software companies. Also known as adware, these hidden programs come bundled with certain applications and secretly transmit user information via the Internet to advertisers. It is sometimes possible to avoid spyware by downloading an older version of a program. Use and show the industry your dissatisfaction with these types of business practices. We think that it is beneficial for businesses to offer old versions of their programs for convenience. In doing so, respect is shown for people who are unable to hop on the “consumerism bandwagon.” assists computer users who are unable to continually upgrade their computer. Those who find that their machine is not able to run the latest version of a certain application have no choice but to use an old version of the program. Unfortunately, the vast majority of software companies do not offer this opportunity. We are doing our small part to help everyone enjoy the same software titles regardless of their hardware, as well as balance a digital divide.

We believe that every computer user has the right to use a version of the product that he or she is most comfortable with, not the one dictated by the software developer, so we provide access to the files that are no longer obtainable. BulletProof Software is one company that recognized this right and helped us to build our archive. One day, we hope to see both small companies and major corporations with their very own, easy-to-find old version section.

Lastly, there is a need to archive cultural artifacts. If software is allowed to disappear into the past, a piece of history is lost. People must have access to this data in order to understand the direction of computer industry and civilization as a whole. was built by the community.

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Riddle Me This (8-1-07)

We are very little creatures; all of us have different features. One of us in glass is set; one of us you’ll find in jet. Another you may see in tin, and a fourth is boxed within. If the fifth you should pursue, it can never fly from you.

What are we?

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