Ruby on Rails ActionMailer Configuration for Namecheap Private E-mail

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Ever try setting up Ruby on Rails to use Namecheap's private e-mail to no avail. Me too. Finally figured out some settings that made things work.

First off, for your smtp settings:

config.action_mailer.delivery_method = :smtp
config.action_mailer.smtp_settings = {
  :address              => 'mail.privateemail.com',
  :port                 => 26,
  :user_name            => 'username@domain.com,
  :password             => 'yourpassword,
  :authentication       => :plain,
  :enable_starttls_auto => true  }

Of course, you can throw everything into environment variables.

config.action_mailer.delivery_method = :smtp
config.action_mailer.smtp_settings = {
  :address              => ENV['SMTP_SERVER'],
  :port                 => ENV['SMTP_PORT'],
  :user_name            => ENV['SMTP_USER'],
  :password             => ENV['SMTP_PASSWORD'],
  :authentication       => :plain,
  :enable_starttls_auto => true  }

But the key thing here, or at least the thing that's unusual is PORT 26!!! It's right there in Namecheap's documentation but they say if you're going to use starttls - you must use port 26. That was the main thing that I seemed to stumble on. The other settings are very similar to say GMail settings.

Also, I did set my "from" address in my Mailer class to match my domain which may or may not have helped - I was too lazy to do a controlled experiment on that.

Anyway, hope that helps some peeps.

Casey Li
CEO & Founder, BiteSite

After Effects Editing Mask Path (moving individual points)

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Alright, this was frustrating the hell out of me - especially considering most posts and forum responses had the right idea but were missing one key element.

The issue is in Adobe After Effects and Masks.

Here's the setup

  • You have some layer (shape, picture, footage, whatever)
  • You add a layer Mask
  • You edit the Mask over time by setting keyframes on the Mask Path property

The issue

Anytime you try to move a single point on the Mask Path - the entire mask path moves - regardless of if you have the Pen Tool or Selection Tool selected

So yes - most posts ands forum responses I've seen talk about - "Make sure you have the Pen Tool" selected - so that way you're in path editing mode and then you should be able to move the individual points. I tried ad nausea and I couldn't get this to work.


  • It all had to do with what was selected in the timeline. I had the Mask selected (that is, the Mask property that shows up when you twirl down the layer itself) - which is wrong. This was the issue.
  • Once I selected the layer itself and NOT the mask, I could then select the Pen Tool and edit the points individually. Kind of strange - but yeah - select the Layer and not its mask if you want to edit the Mask points individually. And yes - use the Pen Tool.

(note this is in Adobe After Effects CS6 - not sure about other versions).

Hope this helps out some peeps.

Casey Li
CEO & Founder, BiteSite