When I registered my domain “tobymackenzie.com” in 2009, Dreamhost offered the then free Google Apps to provide email for the domain. Already having a normal Gmail account and preferring the labels system over folders, I went with it. For 12 some years, it provided my email service for that domain. It changed names and eventually became “G Suite legacy free edition” after they started charging all new accounts. But this summer they are finally killing off the free version, requiring me to pay up or leave. I chose to leave, migrating over to my existing Fastmail account being used for other domains.Continue reading post "Goodbye, Google G Suite"
I bought a short domain name in part so I could have a short email address that was easy to share. Unfortunately, I’m finding it to sometimes confuse people or require more effort than expected to spell out.Continue reading post "#3314"
PHP: Escaping email display name
I recently had the need to take a name from a form submission and use it as the display name of the “From” address of an email sent through PHP’s
mail() function. For an address like
Toby Example <firstname.lastname@example.org>, the display name is the
Toby Example part.
I’m quite glad to see labels (similar to GMail’s) are finally landing in Fastmail.Continue reading post "#2897"
A tale of bulk email system woes
This past week, my coworker and I had to deal with stressful problems with Cogneato‘s bulk email / newsletter system.Continue reading post "A tale of bulk email system woes"
Kind of a late night working getting a messed up newsletter send back on track.Continue reading post "#2031"
I paid for email service for the first time. Fastmail is getting rid of their ‘Guest’ (ie free) accounts.Continue reading post "Paid email"
Sending email attachments with PHP `mail`
I recently had to set up a PHP script to send an email with an attachment. With the current version of our CMS, we have swiftmailer available, which would make this easy, but for this site, I didn’t have it easily available. I considered bringing it in, but since this was just a simple script, I decided to give a go at doing it directly with PHP’s built in
mail() function. I found an answer on StackOverflow to guide me. Many respondents to that question recommended just using a library, but the answers that didn’t seemed reasonable.
It took me a number of failed attempts to get the headers and line-breaks just right so that both the email message and attachment sent properly, but I got it working. The code of my solution was fairly specific to the application, so I’ve modified it to make it more generically applicable for this post. The (untested but generic) variant of the solution looks like:Continue reading post "Sending email attachments with PHP `mail`"