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Deeper. And stuff.

Just installed Composer.

Used that to install the latest version of PHPMailer.

Watching The Fugitive for the billionth time and was inspired to search for PHP jobs in Chicago. God, I’d love to live in Chicago. Almost as much as I love The Fugitive.

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You know what …

F**k it. I’m going to start writing for Cracked.

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South Park + Lynda = After Effects

Watching “Cartoon Wars” part one and realize I could also use South Park as examples for practice.

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E is for Email Part 2

As it turns out, the CentOS 7 Cookbook has oodles of yummy information that Mastering does not including a simple up-front test to see if Postfix is already installed, running, and working. First, you send a local user a message

echo "this is a test" | sendmail username

and check the log to see if it worked:

tail -f /var/log/maillog

but that last command told me maillog doesn’t exist. Google told me, among other things, try restarting syslog. It turns out, that wasn’t even installed!

A quick

yum -y install rsyslog

fixed that …

well, I also …

but I got the stuff described in this

so I did the solutions provided in that and tried again

That didn’t work (see notes) so I uncommented that line and tried this instead (which maybe I should have tried first)

that totally didn’t work so I found and tried this

and now dovecot works so I’ll try the test mail message again

totally worked! So now I’m going to send a message to my gmail account …

KICK-FREAKING-ASS! It worked! It went into my spam folder but it worked! And most of these tutes and such include stuff so your messages don’t go to spam and you don’t get blacklisted so I am on my way!


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S is for Security

Google‘s gMail security is so amazing. I’ve gotten warnings before but today’s was like, wow.
See a similar previous episode: gMail Security Roxor My Soxor
I’m working on my app and testing an email function for which I was using a temporary gMail account. I uploaded the file to (what was until a few minutes ago) a public GitHub repo with the address/username and password fully visible.
In less than a couple minutes, the red band across the top of my gMail page appeared, telling me somebody in the Phillipines had my password and just tried to get into my account! Immediately, I …
  • Changed the password to that gMail account
  • Turned off “Allow less secure apps” (I had it on while troubleshooting)
  • Added my cell phone number to that gMail account for recovery purposes
  • Upgraded to a paid* GitHub account and made that repo private
  • Changed the database user’s password for that app
  • Setup two-factor authentication for my host’s control panel

*Yeah, security is worth the investment. A point made by the caption, “Think security is expensive? Try [getting hacked].” Click comic below for the source of that quote and the comic.


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