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How can I use the same SMTP server while mailing from different locations?

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When you work on different locations, you can’t always use your ISP’s outgoing mail-server (SMTP server). When you have a Gmail account, Google offers the free service of using their SMTP server for your outgoing mail, no matter where you are. These are the settings you need to change to make it work:

  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com
  • Use authentication: Yes
  • Use SSL: Yes (some clients call this STARTTLS)
  • Port: 465 or 587
  • Account name: Your Gmail address (including ‘@gmail.com’)
  • Password: Your Gmail password

Note: when you’re using Gmail as your SMTP server but are not sending your e-mail from your Gmail address, by default Google will change the “from” address into your Gmail address (so to the recipient the email will seem to be sent from your Gmail address, and he/she will most likely reply to this address as well). To prevent this, in your Gmail Settings, go to Accounts, and under Send mail as click on Add another email address. Here add the address you want the “from” address to be, and after adding it click on the make default link behind it.

Links:
Original post: Gmail as a free smtp server
How to use Gmail as your SMTP server
Gmail

Status: Testes it (Apple Mail), works

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Written by lutsen

August 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Posted in Mac, Web

Where can I find soundeffects online?

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You can find a lot of soundeffects on the sounds-searchengine: FindSounds.

Update: I recently came across Soundsnap.

Written by lutsen

August 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Posted in Web

How can I convert vector drawings to actionscript code?

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This on-line tool extracts shapes from Flash .swf files and returns them in a format which can be rendered by actionscript. This way you can manipulate drawn vector graphics with actionscript.

Link: Quasimondo’s Actionscript Shape Decoder

Status: Tested it, works

Written by lutsen

August 28, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Posted in Actionscript

How do I allow users to change the markup of a text in a protected Word document?

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Using form fields is a good way to create easyly editable Microsoft Word documents. They allow the template user to “tab” through the different fields and fill them out. To make this work however you need to “protect” the document, which means users can not change the markup of the text or spell-check it. Not very nice…

The way to fix this problem is to divide the document into different sections. The sections where the markup and spell-check needs to be active should be unprotected, the sections that need to be “tab-able” should be protected.

To insert a section, go to: Insert > Break > Section Break (Continuous).

To protect individual sections, go to: Tools > Protect Document…
In the first pop-up menu, Select Forms and push the Sections… button.
In the second pop-up menu select the sections you want to protect.

The original and in-depth tutorial can be found here: Protecting selected sections of a document in Microsoft Word 2008 | DaisyOlsen.com.

Status: Tested it (Word 2008 Mac), works great

Written by lutsen

August 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Posted in Mac

How do I verify my WordPress.com blog on Google webmaster tools?

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  1. Write a new Page (not Post).
  2. In the title field, paste the exact code that you get from Google Webmaster Tools option “Upload an HTML file” (this is the verification method you have to choose).
  3. Publish the new page on your WordPress blog.
  4. Ask Google to verify your WordPress blog.
  5. After Google has verified your blog, you can delete the page.

Status: Tested it, works (nice!)

Link: Original post of this tutorial

Written by lutsen

August 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Posted in Web

How can I check if PHP on my webserver supports sessions?

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The simplest way to check if sessions are enabled on your PHP installation is with the phpinfo(); command:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

This generates a table with an overview of all PHP settings on your server.

To check if sessions really work you can use this code:

<?php
// Start Session
session_start();
// Show banner
echo '<b>Session Support Checker</b><hr />';
// Check if the page has been reloaded
if(!isset($_GET['reload']) OR $_GET['reload'] != 'true') {
   // Set the message
   $_SESSION['MESSAGE'] = 'Session support enabled!<br />';
   // Give user link to check
   echo '<a href="?reload=true">Click HERE</a> to check for PHP Session Support.<br />';
} else {
   // Check if the message has been carried on in the reload
   if(isset($_SESSION['MESSAGE'])) {
      echo $_SESSION['MESSAGE'];
   } else {
      echo 'Sorry, it appears session support is not enabled, or you PHP version is to old. <a href="?reload=false">Click HERE</a> to go back.<br />';
   }
}
?>

Written by lutsen

August 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Posted in PHP, Web

What is a good Mac FTP client?

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My personal favorite is Transmit. It’s not free, but not expensive either ($29.95). A free (and open source) alternative is Cyberduck. Another interesting free option is FireFTP, which is not a standalone FTP client, but a Firefox plug-in.

Status:
Transmit: Tested it, like it a lot
Cyberduck: Tested it, works
FireFTP: Tested it, works

Links:
Transmit

Cyberduck

FireFTP
Firefox

Written by lutsen

August 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Mac, Web