Disposable emails: Do you use them? Do you block them? Here’s what I’d like to see.

As a user, do you sign up with disposable emails to try out a service? As a business, do you actively block disposable emails?

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Don’t be like this form (unless it’s necessary).

It’s a classic game of tug-of-war in the 21st century. Products block disposable email addresses, new disposable email domains pop up, and the cycle continues. (In my opinion the business are on the losing end).

The case for disposable email addresses

Let’s put on our user hats for a minute. We’re looking around online for a tool to automatically make GIFs from a Google Slideshow (or something like that, it sounds like a good idea at the time of writing).

Finding one…

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The other day I was making some updates to a UI. For an icon font, I usually jump straight to Iconic (Open, the free version) because it’s small, simple, and sleek.

Well, searching and copying icon names on their site is not what I would call ‘fun’, so I wrote this quick tool to make it bit easier for me (and anyone else still using Open Iconic): Open Iconic Search.

The code is on GitHub too, so if you hit a bug or want to add something send a PR!

:: CodyReichert — Twitter

I couldn’t find any posts out there describing how to do this (probably from Googling the wrong thing), so I wanted to note it down for future reference.

To remove all title bars in KDE plasma 5, create a Window Rule:

  • Go to System Settings > Window Management > Window Rules > New..
  • Under Window class (application) choose Regular Expression from the drop down and enter .* in the input.
  • Click the Appearance & Fixes tab. Enable the No titlebar and frame option. Select Force from the drop down click the Yes radio option.

Save and close everything, and all your title bars will disappear! This is how your settings should look:

Window matching settings

How to hide application window titlebars in KDE plasma 5
How to hide application window titlebars in KDE plasma 5
1. Add “Description” and “Window class > Regular Expression”

Appearance & Fixes

The only other similarly sounding report I could find was in a Spotify Community thread, but there were a few others that were probably the same issue.


When the track changes in Spotify on Linux, the Spotify app’s UI would become completely unresponsive for about 30 seconds (most noticeably the scrubber/progress bar). You can’t navigate any pages, change the track, or use any of the controls. Then everything would pick back up normally.

I’m on Arch Linux. For me the issue was intermittent and of course the solution was extremely simple.


The Spotify client can not send notifications to the desktop— the timeout for that is ~30 seconds. Turning on the notification service fixes the issue (`notify-send` or whatever you use), or disabling notifications in the Spotify client will also work.

Case in point:

The problem here is that the specific use-case of using Duplex to book a table or order from a restaurant is largely irrelevant to the entire point of the software; it’s just one specific use-case where it will be useful to a large audience, so they used it as their unveiling example.

But Duplex is much more than that. One of the best examples they gave — in the same presentation, mind you — was calling businesses to make sure that they had the correct holiday hours listed on Google. This scenario is much more beneficial…

What I’ve learned from supporting my customers

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Have you ever been dealing with a customer, everything is going great, but then one small problem throws them over the edge and they blow up in your face? And you’re left perplexed, thinking “But I told them about that!”

This is a bad customer experience. However irrational their reaction is, however many times you told them x, it just doesn’t matter. Because the truth is, it’s our fault. Not theirs. One word describes why this happens:


The customer’s expectations were misaligned. Expectations are the single most important part of customer service. …

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These questions are posted everywhere: How do I keep someone from stealing my idea? What should I do to keep my idea a secret until I build it?

Easy, I’ll tell you: You don’t. You give them your business idea for free.

Why? Thanks for asking, this is why:

  • Your idea is not unique.
  • Your idea is not refined.
  • Your idea is not valuable until it’s executed.

If you’re in this phase of your entrepreneurial journey, then you’re asking the wrong questions. These questions are a waste of time, and are generally asked by people who 1) will never actually…

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Total commits !== productivity

Being a developer is fun. Writing code all day, solving problems, and having a fast feedback loop. These are things I enjoy about programming, and racking up commits is an amusing way to prove to yourself you’re being productive.

As a technical founder, though, it’s easy to keep that developer mindset of measuring yourself based on how much code you pump out that day. Working on the product is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but every other aspect of an early stage startup is your responsibility as well. The talking to users, the content…

Disclaimer: I am the co-founder of Assertible. This is a success story about building and dogfooding a product that solves my own problems.

Today there was a brief outage in one of my APIs. The series of events that led me to identify the issue made me realize just how important effective notifications are in an API monitoring tool. I wanted to outline what happened, and how Assertible helped me identify the problem more quickly than Pingdom.

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This particular web service is one that I would consider critical; users rely on the availability of this service for their services. Uptime…

Cody Reichert

I build assertible.com, simplyrets.com, identibyte.com, and other stuff! Into good code, interaction design, and books :D

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