WordPress Newsletter Plugin

I’ve been thinking about doing a newsletter for my personal blog for about a year now. I have the blog restricted to only those registered but doing so creates a fairly large barrier for my casual readers (family and friends). Having the blog updates emailed to them each week would be the perfect way to maintain my private family blog. I finally found a solution that I am satisfied with and has worked flawlessly so far.

MailPoet Newsletters (formerly Wysija) is my plugin of choice for this type of task. It has a premium version but the free version suits my needs just fine. I installed the plugin and was able to create a newsletter in a minute and send it out to a few test users. Now I can create ad-hoc newsletters and automated newsletters based on content being published to the blog. A big thanks to the MailPoet team that have created this sweet plugin.

IMAP email UID vs Message Sequence Number

I’ve had the chance to play around with some email code recently and it’s been fun. Here is something that I learned that I think should be easier to find for those who are getting into writing an app that handles emails via IMAP.

What is the difference between an email’s Unique Identifier (UID) and an emails’s Message Sequence Number (MSN?).

  • Unique Identifier: A unique number referencing an email that does not change over time
  • Message Sequence Number: The relative position from the first message in the mailbox

You can read more about this exciting IMAP email topic at http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3501.html

Latest fraudulent email scam

So, I don’t usually get scams or spam in my email since I use gmail but one recently got through and it made me laugh. It is sad that people actually fall for these even though it seems blatantly obvious to me that it is a scam. Isn’t there a place to report these kinds of emails?

From: mikeeze3_59@msn.com
Date: May 7, 2009 10:18:27 PM MDT
Reply-To: atmcardcenter2009@hotmail.fr

International Credit Settlement
First National Bank (FNB)

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your payment file and found out that why you have note received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you towards your payment.

Be informed that this office has approved your payment through our Swift Card payment Center (BOND FINANCIAL SERVICE GROUP), This card center will send you ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine worldwide, if you like to receive your payment through this method, please let us know by contacting the card payment center with the following information:

1. Your full name and address. 2. Phone number, 3. Your age and current
occupation, 4. Copy of identity attached.
Contact person for the collection of your ATM card.
PROF. WILLAMS C MARK Bond Financial Service Group.

The Card center has been mandated to pay you the sum Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars as part payment for this fiscal year 2009, as soon you reply this message, further directives will be given to you immediately.

Note: that because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center.

Chief Auditor.