Send Email using PHPMailer and Gmail


I have been using PHPMailer to send emails for some time now. PHPMailer is a fully featured email transfer class for PHP and its popularity has grown rapidly over the years. Recently I had to send e-mail messages using the GMail SMTP server for one of my clients.

Up to now I had only sent email messages using SMTP servers provided by the hosting company. The difference here is that I had to use SSL encryption to send emails. Using hosting company SMTP server has its drawbacks as there is a chance that your website IP address is already on a blacklist simply because someone else had abused the service before you.

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Google Chrome 6 released

Google has managed to churn out many major releases of the Chrome browser during the last couple of years and now they have released the first stable build for Chrome 6. The new version has a more simplified user interface: there’s a single menu, the “go” button has been removed and the Reload and Stop buttons have been combined into one, the browser no longer shows “http://” in the address bar, the bookmark button has been moved to the right and the toolbar has a new color scheme.

Google Chrome 6 New Inteface

Google Chrome 6

Further more Chrome 6 adds support for form auto-fill and support for WebM videos. You can now synchronize auto-fill data, extensions and all their settings. Extension sync is probably the coolest new feature to be introduced, because you can take your extensions with you no matter what computer your are using. “WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web” which is already supported by software like Opera, VLC, Winamp and by YouTube.

The Stable and Beta channels of Google Chrome 6 have been updated to 6.0.472.55 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  This version contains the following fixes:


  • [r58038] [r58039] Failures when using auto-complete (issue 51727, 52940)
  • [r58106] Default search engine settings wiped out (issue 10913)
  • Shift reload not working (issue 1906)


  • [r58190] Importing data from other browsers when chrome is set as default  (bug 53655)
  • [r58288] Chrome can’t be made default browser when it already exists (bug 53656)

You can download the latest offline release here

Web Geek’s Guide to Google Chrome

Web Geek's Guide to Google Chrome

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Viacom loses case against YouTube

YouTube’s blog mentions that YouTube won the case against Viacom.

Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom’s lawsuit with YouTube. This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement. The decision follows established judicial consensus that online services like YouTube are protected when they work cooperatively with copyright holders to help them manage their rights online.
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