Tag Archives: Windows

Debugging mails being send from applications

Ever needed to test the e-mail functionality of your application, on windows, without having access to a SMTP server? Try SMTP server for developers, a brilliant piece of software, so far.

You need .Net for it. It’s really easy to setup and use. Another advantage of this SMTP server is that when you test your application, you don’t have to worry about test e-mails being send to customers. This because the SMTP server doesn’t really send the messages, but just places all of them on disk.

Update: one disadvantage. You can’t get it to run on any other port then 25, which is inconvenient if McAfee is blocking port 25. I contacted the author a while ago, but no response so far. Guess I’ll have to add this functionality myself, but then I need to get up to speed on .Net first. Ah well, I’ll wait a little longer.

Talking about McAfee… It’s kinda weird, it blocks e-mails on port 25 if I use for example Java to send the e-mail. But if I use telnet to connect to port 25, all is fine?

Keyboard shortcuts

Perhaps you have noted that I added a new site to the list of sites I like: Windows Keyboard Shortcut of the Day. Using keyboard shortcuts just improves your work speed a lot.

A few windows shortcuts that I didn’t know before

Windows + BREAK
Go to system properties
Windows + R
Run command


I also found a nice blog entry about eclipse shortcuts. But he lacks to explain one of the uses for CTRL + T: if you have a certain function you can find which class implements that function with CTRL + T as well. Very useful when you are working a lot with interfaces.

This is also a good site with Eclipse shortcuts. Not sure if it’s a bad thing that it’s not updated to Eclipse 3.4, yet. One helpful command is missing on that list: CTRL + SHIFT + L. This lists all bound keyboard shortcuts and pressing it again gives you the opportunity to change and export them to .csv (at least the export function is there on Eclipse 3.4).

Mac OS X

And a while ago I found a nice site with lots of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts. The shortcut to make your mac sleep quickly was provided by me :-) There is also a shortcut to restart your mac quickly without confirm, Cmd + Ctrl + Eject. Quite annoying if you use that one when you want to put your mac to sleep.