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AdRotate Free 4.10 – Available now

I’ve finally added Jetpack Photon support. This update also includes a number of small improvements to the dashboard and improves the Borlabs Caching integration.
Datepickers have been added for scheduling which should make that a more intuitive action.

Lastly, and ongoing, is the improved compatibility with PHP7.2. If you find more quirks with PHP7+ let me know ASAP.

Changes for 4.10

  • [fix] Improved integration with Jetpack Photon
  • [fix] Improved PHP7.2+ compatibility
  • [new] Date pickers for advert scheduling
  • [change] Compatibility with Borlabs Cache 1.1.9.1+

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AdRotate Free 4.8 – Available now!

A maintenance update fixing some stats displays and advert previews. A new thing is Jetpack Photon support for relevant banner assets.
Get updated today!

Changelog

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  • [new] Support Jetpack Photon for certain advert assets
  • [fix] Incorrect function call to advert preview when editing
  • [fix] Today stats displaying wrong number in Adverts dashboard
  • [fix] Today stats in single Advert stats showing wrong number

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Shopping in the Philippines

Most villages and settlements in the Philippines have no supermarkets. Instead they have things called Sari-sari shops. They’re selling crap like instant noodles, candies, soap, peanuts and sometimes softdrinks or even cornetto’s. In some villages they serve as the major, and only, shop in town. In which case they sell some 2nd hand clothes, rice, fish, cheap toys and such like. For us westerners it’s way to simplistic and incomplete most of the time. Though I often buy drinks in such shops on my day adventures though.

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Analytics Spam Blocker 2.4.1 – Available now!

A update re-doing the dashboard a bit. Some tweaks to the internals and a few bug fixes for the dashboard. Let me know what you think about the new dashboard.

On the reports server a few tweaks have been made so that reported domains are included a bit quicker into the blocklist.
Less reports are now needed to have the domain included.

Changes for 2.4.1

  • [new] Added help tabs
  • [fix] Some dashboard notifications not showing up correctly
  • [fix] Removed double html and css classes for errors
  • [change] Improved compatibility with WordPress
  • [change] Api updates
  • [change] Re-arranged the dashboard

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AdRotate Free 4.7 – Available now!

A maintenance update fixing a bunch of translation strings. A whole bunch were labelled wrong and thus not translated properly, or at all. Stats should now show more reliable and accurate for adverts and monthly graphs.

Changelog for 4.7

  • [fix] Showing correct stats for adverts below graphs
  • [i18n] Added missing strings in dashboard notifications
  • [i18n] Corrected/included lots of missing strings

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AdRotate Pro 4.10 – Bugfixes and translations

A small update fixing some things for advertisers and how they manage adverts. A bunch of updates and changes have been made to translation files. Lots of strings were missing or had the wrong label apparently. This has been fixed.

Changelog for 4.10

  • [fix] Not setting the right currency for non USD paypal accounts
  • [fix] Unpaid status not always correctly showing for adverts
  • [i18n] Added missing strings in dashboard notifications
  • [i18n] Corrected/included lots of missing strings

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AdRotate Free 4.6.2 – Available now!

Improved PHP compatibility and some minor changes to how Generated adverts are treated. All language files have been updated. The dashboard has some minor improvements to make advert management a bit more fluent.

Changes for 4.6.2

  • [fix] Undefined index notices for code generator
  • [fix] Hide ‘Generated’ adverts in when editing groups
  • [i18n] Updated language files

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AdRotate Free 4.6.1 – Available now

These updates improve compatibility with PHP7 and improve a number of things. A better stats display has added – It’s now mostly the same as AdRotate Pro. Schedules are removed more accurately when you remove adverts – No more lingering stuff in the database. And all language files have been updated.

Changes for 4.6.1

  • [fix] Advert stats in ‘Adverts’ not showing correctly
  • [fix] ‘Stats’ link from adverts requiring attention
  • [fix] ‘Stats’ link from disabled adverts
  • [fix] Cleanup code more accurate and efficient
  • [i18n] Updated language files

Changes for 4.6

  • [new] Better stats display
  • [fix] Improved PHP7 compatibility
  • [fix] Schedule properly removed when removing advert
  • [change] Dashboard tweaks and improvements

Break time

Often when I drive around I take a little break at random small shops for a drink or a snack.

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AdRotate Pro 4.8 – Exciting new stuff!

It’s been a while, but there are still features to be added to AdRotate Pro from time to time. This is one such update. Check out the form for creating/editing adverts and groups for new controls.

Most notably you can not turn off repeated impression counting for dynamic groups – Useful for if your adverts are in a tab that’s open for a long time.
And a super useful code generator. Simply provide bits of adverts (such as supplied by your advertiser), a link, image, some settings. And AdRotate will try to generate a working from advert from that.

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Howto: Solve email issues in macOS

Dealing with email issues in macOS can be a tricky thing. And is not always straightforward – Is the issue with the account? Your server or with macOS Mail.

Here are some tips and methods to find out what may be going on. How to interpret certain error states and error messages. I’ll recommend common settings and warn of cave-ats. And how to fix stuff in macOS mail.

If your mail is not working

Your first step is to restart the macOS mail client. See if it works then. If not. Go to the Window Menu and click “Connection Doctor”.

A new window should open, checking all your settings.

Interpreting the error

Connection doctor lists all your email accounts 2 times, one for incoming and one for outgoing email. In the above example I deliberately broke one account – It’s marked with a red dot and the exact error is displayed behind it.

This means I have to check my settings, check the username and password. In my scenario the password is missing. When I add it in settings and check again everything shows green.

Checking settings

Of-course once we know what’s wrong with the email settings. I can go into settings and correct what macOS Mail thinks is wrong with it. In my case something with the username and password.

Things to check

View the screenshots here – And especially the items marked with a red arrow which are essential for a working mail account. Reach these menus via the Mail > Preferences menu.

Common Email ports:

Secure IMAP – port 993
Secure POP3 – port 995
Secure SMTP – port 465
Standard IMAP – port 143
Standard POP3 – port 110
Standard SMTP – port 25 / 587

Disable automatic settings detection

There are 2 easy checkboxes to disable this silly behaviour and give some freedom over what macOS Mail does.

In Mail Preferences, under each account in Advanced there is this little checkbox.

And in SMTP Server List for each server in Advanced is this similar checkbox.

Uncheck both and set your settings as you need. Save and restart the macOS Mail client.
Why? Since Apple knows just about *nothing* about your hosting providers servers it can’t possibly guess the right settings with any accuracy. Some hosting providers have a autodiscovery feature that may work. But in my experience Apple can’t seem to interpret that too well.

IMAP vs. POP3

If you receive your email on multiple devices you should try to use IMAP. This means that your email is synced via the mail server to all your devices. POP3 can not do that and will download emails on the device that asks for them first. Leaving the other devices without those emails. Having an asynchronous email setup like that is very 1995 and not very efficient. Most providers support IMAP these days. If you can, ditch POP3.

Security and privacy concern

If you can, always use the secure option. Check with your email provider if this is possible! When using a secure connection your email is encrypted end-to-end so nobody can snoop around and you can feel more comfortable sending eyes-only information.

Saving the settings

Saving the settings is done by either moving to another tab (top), selecting another account (left sidebar) or closing the settings window completely and confirming at the prompt.

Note: This post applies to pretty much every recent version of Mac OS X and macOS. So Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite and Sierra *all* have this tool. Probably older versions too.