Sending Amazon SES Emails through a Mock SMTP Server in .NET

Some have recently posted that a pitfall of the Amazon Simple Email Service is that you can't setup it up to work through a traditional SMTP as you can with other services such as SendGrid.  While Amazon SES doesn't provide a SMTP wrapper, Amazon points out that it can…

Using ASP.NET MVC Views to Send Email via Amazon Simple Email Service using Postal

At the MvcConf 2 Andrew Davey (@andrewdavey) presented a neat emailing utility for ASP.NET MVC 3 called Postal that allows for using View Engines to ease the creation of email templates, and also takes care of sending the emails out.  During the session someone raised the question about…

Razor is Sharp C? NuGet, it? Notes from MvcConf 2 and Pluralsights Videos

Transitioning to MVC3 has been a great experience so far.  Changing from <%= to @ has been a dream come true.  It might not seem like it since its only a couple characters, but seriously, it works much better, and I can already see the cut down in coding…

Setting up the FQL Console on Windows

Recently I came across a FQL test console that runs locally for running tests against the Facebook Query Language (FQL).  It is useful for testing purposes when developing a Facebook application.  After the download and setup it simply didn't work properly.  Below are the changes I made…

Sim City or Eco-City In China

I recently read about proposed Eco-City in Tianjin, China that is set to be completed in 2020.  It reminds me a lot of Sim City 2000. Here is a bit from the article, which also has more 3D mockup pictures. "The 30 square kilometer Eco-City in Tianjin, China is…

The Guess Tracker for RetailMeNot's MoneyJar Contest

UPDATE: Three days after clue #9 was released, it was correctly guessed.  Congratulations to *@tea4two20 for her winning guess of $6019.35!  According to the tracker she had tweeted every day since we started our coverage.  Her two final guesses prior to the correct one were $6000…