How to hack several systems - all you need is a gmail address

So there is a simple hack you can use almost all across the web that I only recently found monetary value for. You can tell me what you think the ethics of it are, but let me first explain to you what I'm talking about. To participate in this, all you need is a Gmail address.

What I found out a long time ago from a friend is that Gmail has 'dot blindness,' or in other words wesley.zhao@gmail.com is functionally the same as wesleyzhao@gmaill.com, w.e.s.l.e.y.zhao@gmail.com, and wesleyzh.ao@gmail.com (etc..). If you send an email to any one of those email addresses, they will end up in your inbox (assuming that's your username).

Now the big question is...how can I use this new found knowledge to my advantage? Simple. First case is with Twitter. As someone who builds web apps now and then, I also like to get Twitter handles for those projects on occasion. Twitter doesn't allow you to sign up multiple accounts on the same email address (very similar to almost every single service out there which requires an email on sign-up) because usually that's the unique identifier in their records database. With this cool dot blindness knowledge, you can know sign up an infinite amount of accounts using just one Gmail account with varying numbers of dots. And as I breifly mentioned earlier, this can be applied to almost every single web service that requires an email and you would like to have multiple accounts for whatever reason.

Now the second way that I've found use for this, that also has some monetary value, is the new Red Robin Royalty Card promotion. If you get a loyalty (or royalty) card from them, you get a free appetizer within 15 days of registration, and a free burger on your birthday. All you need is an (unique) email! Well... needless to say. I may have found my way to several free appetizers and free burgers on consecutive months. You figure out how I did it. Should be easy if you've been paying attention.

Back to reality

The past couple of weeks (really since the start of the semester) my head has been in the clouds thinking about how great it is to get in the real world and create things people really care about. I'll be honest, school has really taken a back seat. My priorites (in order) have really been:
  • Meet with really smart, driven, helpful individuals
  • Idea generation, and the hacking/iteration of those ideas
  • Track
  • Schoolwork
But I have two midterms, a paper, and a big assignment due this week before I'm off the Spring break to do more of the meeting smart, driven people, hacking, and training for track. I've forced myself to do some hardcore studying (in between managing server issues...) for these classes which I have not really been to. I've just finished studying for OPIM (for tonight) and hopefully my coach will understand if I leave practice a little early for doing some quick pre-test cramming. I've actually found OPIM to be pretty easy and I think I'll do fairly well for learning it now. BPUB (or managerial economics) is tomorrow night. I don't think that will be as pretty. But will let you know.

HW or Hacking? Introducing AreTheyChamps.com

[caption id="attachment_60" align="aligncenter" width="730" caption="source: aretheychamps.com/"] [/caption] It was another one of those days... Did not get too much school work done, but got a lot of real work done. Worked on Project Val and made signifigant progress. Very excited for that. Then about 30 min before the Super Bowl, I asked Ajay if he wanted to work on something. I thought it might be cool to do something like IsItRaining.In/ but for the Super Bowl. After having a creative brainstorm session, we came up with something cool that so far has around 1,000 hits. We call it: AreTheyChamps.com Hopefully, we can reach that sought after "Bored At Work Network" tomorrow. Will let you know. Night.