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Solution to send mails from development systems/servers - Strictly for developers

I faced this issue many times when I had to test the mail feature in my projects. I then had to add SMTP library separately to check in different web based mails like Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, etc. or need to upload the code to production servers where mails worked.

Mandrill (sends to any really account - preferred for UAT and Production systems) and Mailtrap (sends to single account for any email address - preferred for Development systems) provides a very good way to do this. With small changes in configuration of the server we can easily use this to send mails to any account without having SPAM issues.


Mandrill can also be a very useful tool to send mails in production if Client has budget or the number of mails are very limited. It provides tracking tools, graph and we can even configure BCC on all mails without changing code for debugging purpose.
Today, I will cover how to configure it in Postfix (Linux Ubuntu/CentOS/Amazon Linux) and XAMPP using Sendmail.


Installing Postfix

Few tips to speed up your system - Strictly for developers

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Nowadays all applications are getting better and better and we are asked to upgrade our system more frequently then before. We must think once about managing our needs in the available resources and utilizing the resources in the best way. For instance, browsers have become smart and we love to see suggestions after typing "How to" in the browser search. But do we really want this? Think again. We can limit the system usage by limiting the number of processes ran by the applications in background. It might disable some new features, but we rarely use them.
For today, I will cover tips to make Firefox better and faster.
I know what I want to search, I don’t want suggestions and type ahead.
[Below setting is available in Options -> Advanced -> General (Win),
Firefox -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General (Mac)]
Disable hardware acceleration
[Below setting is available in Options -> Advanced -> General (Win),
Firefox -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General (…