Dummy Image Generator
Sometimes you need a placeholder image for testing functionality or for as a template to build around. Dummy Image Generator is a great place to create a basic placeholder image.
The URL generates the image. Which makes it easy to create images. You simply pass through the dimensions of the image and any color or text that you want to be displayed.
Here are a few links to practical Dummy Images
- Facebook Ad Size - perfect size for Facebook ads.
- Google Display Ad Size - Considering advertising on the Google Display Network? Use this as a starting point.
- 16:9 format for a standard Website - Good for displaying an image perfectly in any platform.
- Nice Slack image size - ideal size for Slack.
- Album Art size - quickly create an album art placeholder. Perfect when your sick of the default album art.
Meme are captioned photos that are intended to be funny. Usually two lines of text with a reaction image in the background.
Over the past few years, there has been a few photos that have become standard designs for memes.
One of the best places to quickly create a meme is memegenerator.net, they have all the popular meme images. You have the option of uploading your own photo.
Description from memegenerator.net
memegenerator.net is the first online meme generator. Browse the most popular memes on the internet, create your own meme or caption your favorite character like Y-U-No, Philosoraptor, Grumpy Cat, Foul Bachelore Frog, and more.
You can search the memegenerator.net database of creations done in the past.
Here are some sample images created using the meme generator.net:
Photofunia is a really cool site to add some effects to any picture. If you want to add a bit of creativity to your otherwise boring photos.
Sketch, Pencil Drawing, and Watercolor are great effects to add to ordinary photos. They are great for social media profile photos. With photofun.com you can make it look awesome.
Description from their Website
Performing image editing and applying picture effects to any image is a time-consuming exercise that is fit only for an avid photoshop user. If you're looking for a quick and professional picture effects online service, then PhotoFunia is the solution you've been looking for.
With PhotoFunia you can edit photos online for free in a matter of seconds resulting in high-quality photo collages. Not only you can edit pics online for free you can also have much fun doing so, by sharing them with your family and friends. So what are you waiting for? Start editing pictures online with PhotoFunia for free today.
There are 568 effects that you can apply! Wow! That lots of cools ways to spice up a photo or message. You don't always need a photo too, there are plenty of designs where text is the key graphic element.
New designs are added every week! Check out the blog for updates. Download the iOS app to use pictures you take with your camera.
Here is just a small sample of some of the cool things you can do with PhotoFun. Since the website is 100% free, I would highly encourage you to head over to photofunia.com and check out some cool designs.
HotSheet.com is what Yahoo.com use to be - a resource to the best sites on the internet. It's a great place to go to find sites in just about any category.
Websites are nicely grouped into various categories such as News and Sports, Entertainment, finance, home life and more. It's a good way to expand your Internet Horizon. The nice thing is that the list is small and practical so you won't be inundated with lots of links.
Description from their site:
Welcome to HotSheet(R), the premier web portal/ homepage/start page for both desktop and mobile web browsers. With breaking news headlines from multiple sources, major US national and local news sites, and top world news and sports websites. Also includes top air travel and hotel websites, technology news sites, stock market links, and finance tools, and much more in the Hot Sheet web directory. The single page directory of top sites also includes entertainment news and celebrity gossip pages, social media links, movies, TV, music and arcade games.
Use HotSheet.com as your browser homepage, start page, or favorite web portal. While it works great as your desktop browser home page, HotSheet automatically adjusts to an efficient layout for Apple iPhone and Android smartphone devices. The adaptive web app allows for a mobile experience with the same links and features as the already familiar desktop browser version. Hot Sheet is designed to be an uncluttered and easy to use web portal/home page for desktop or notebook PCs, tablets and mobile devices. See our Change Home Page Instructions on how to update your web browser settings to set www.hotsheet.com as your web browser startup homepage. Info on how to add a HotSheet icon to a smartphone home screen is also included.
Certificate Magic is a quick way to create an Online Certificate. Simply select from several popular design choices and then add your text.
You can use it to create Certificate of Appreciation or Accomplishments for taking your training.
It's also a fun way to lighten the mood - Give a Certificate to someone who just microwaved some popcorn to smell up the entire office. Not working from home today - congratulate them on showing up in the office!
Certificate Magic is a fun way to create Certificates - and it's free!
Check out these Examples
Internet Speed Test
Google has a cool built in Internet Speed Test. Simple go to Google.com and search for Internet Speed Test.
The complete test is actually run by the Measurement Lab (M-Lab). They are a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab and other partners.
Speed Limit 700 Mbps
The speed test max out at 700 Mbps, so if you have a really fast bandwidth, your test results will not be accurate. Google Fiber has speeds of 700 Mbps. 1 GB Ethernet, OC-48 Carrier, and 10 GB Ethernet are all faster than 700 Mbps.
Wireless Bandwidth 802.11ac and 802.11ad are faster than 700 Mbps but if you don't have the external bandwidth to handle it, you won't see the difference. These are great if you have home cloud storage.
IFTTT Weather Information
Have you checked out IFTTT yet? It's a cool service that allows communication between Internet services.
From the IFTTT Website:
IFTTT is a free platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices
IFTTT Sample Results
I setup the following rule on August 25, 2016:
This was configured check the temp in Framingham, Massachusetts at 3 pm every day and put the data on Google Sheets.
From that Data, I was able to get the following information:
|Coldest Days||Warmest Days|
|December 28, 2017||11||June 12, 2017||95|
|January 7, 2017||19||May 18, 2017||94|
|March 4, 2017||19||June 13, 2017||93|
|March 11, 2017||19||May 17, 2017||91|
|January 9, 2017||20||July 19, 2017||90|
Average Temperature in Framingham was 58.76 degrees.
I was also able to create this Weather graph to see how the temp changed throughout the year in Framingham.
Setup your IFTTT Chart
On this New Years Eve Weekend, set up your own chart and have it run every day. You don't have to worry about it running. Then next winter you can open up the data and Google and look at the data.
Text-Magic is a cool website resource to generate cool looking graphics from your text. The website has a lot of different ways customize your design which helps make your design unique. Best yet - It's a free tool!
There are 56 different fonts available - including a large selection of winter styles.
Description from their Website
Text Magic is a free cool font generator that transforms ordinary text into fancy text, using a wide variety of cool fonts: handwriting fonts, calligraphy fonts, magic-related fonts, decorative fonts, fancy fonts, holiday fonts and more.
Text Magic is not only a cool font generator, it is also a fancy text generator, logo maker, word art generator... You can use it to create stylish text, cool logos, blog titles, text avatars, cool letters, photo captions, forum signatures and other fancy text things. To see some examples, take a look at this page.
The most interesting feature of our fancy text generator is Magic Effect. Currently it supports two options: Metallic Text and Neon Glow effect.
Sample Generated Graphics
More Example Graphic
Check out the examples on their site to see the full capabilities of their tool.
Dealing with multiple time zones can be complicated. When is it morning in London? When is a good time to call Hawaii?
Fortunately there is a good resource to make it easy - EveryTimeZone.com. There slogan is simple: "Never warp your brain with time zone math again."
When you load up the site you are shown a chart of current time around the world. It's a great timezone layout that's pretty easy to understand. You can drag the time to see different times on the chart.
Check out the site and definitely bookmark it if you do frequent international communications.
If your looking for good selection of patterns, check out the Pattern8.com site. There are lots of free seamless patterns to select from. These would make great computer backgrounds.
From John Rawsterne, the founder of Pattern8.com:
Pattern8 was created to make it easier to find high quality free seamless patterns. Our sister site, PatternHead.com, offers free vector and pixel patterns but it can be hard to find the pattern you need. Pattern8 keeps things simple and allows searching by color. You'll find lots of free pixel patterns here. When you preview a pattern you'll find a link to the vector version of the pattern from PatternHead.com (if available).
What's nice is that you can select a color that you want and then pick a pattern in that color. So if your background looks best in green, you can find all the green patterns that may work for your design. Since these are seamless, there's no limit to the size you need.
John's Been Busy...
John Rawsterne hasn't been active for a while, no new blog post since July 19, 2013, and the last twitter post was May 23, 2016. Who know's how long these sites will stay around. I understand that it's a side project so you update only when you have time to.
I think it's certainly worth checking out to get some design ideas for seamless background. The Santa Hats patterns are great!
Fake Donald Trump Tweet
Hate him or Love him, but Donald Trump is the President of the United States. His use of Twitter, as a method of communications, has typically generated some attention.
Thanks to faketrumptweet.com, now you can pretend that he's tweeting your message. It's a great way to add humor to any situation.
Some sample tweets to get you thinking about how you could use this idea on Slack or Facebook.
- Happy Birthday [Some Names]! It's going to be a Tremendous Day
- Ok, Now What?
- Great Party. Had a Lot of Fun.
- [ Company Name ] party? It'll be Yuge!
- What the Covfefe are you talking about?
Quozio is a fast way to turn words into graphics. It's really easy to transform a simple quote into an image. Very useful when your spending time in a chat room and you want to highlight a quote that fits the moment.
There are 37 designs to make your message stand out. The whole purpose of Quozio is to quickly convert text to graphics as quickly as possible. Once it looks good, simply drag the image to the desktop and then apply it to Slack, Email, Facebook or Twitter.
From their website
Quozio turns meaningful words into beautiful images in seconds. Then share 'em on Facebook, Pinterest, email and more!
The nice thing about Quozio is they offer a Bookmarklet to make it super easy to create quotes. Bookmarklets are an easy way to create interactive bookmarks (See my post from earlier this year for how bookmarklet works. )
Quite simply Quozio is the fastest way to transform a simple quote to an eye-catching graphic.
Ultimatest Grocery List
There are lots of great list apps to help people shop smart - particularly when it comes to the weekly grocery shopping. We use AnyList (iOS App), which is a great tool to share any type of list.
The only problem with this list Apps is understanding basic fundamentals; Do you need Trash Bags, Cleaning Supplies. Things that your not thinking about when your planning the weekly grocery shopping.
Usually you don't think about some items until you walk down the aisle and see it in the grocery store. This makes grocery shopping not so effective. If there was only a way to help think of these items.
Ultimatest List to the Rescue
That's why having the Ultimatest List is awesome. You can use the list to get a better understanding of what you may need to get at the store. Simply print it out, and use it as a reference guide as your
From their Website:
This is awesome, in fact, it's The Ultimatest
Below are the best pre-formatted grocery lists ever created. I made them just for you--and they're free. Print 'em out, hang 'em on the refrigerator door and mark 'em up before you go to the grocery store. We have comprehensive versions for both meat-eaters and vegetabletarians.
The shopping list is a great compliment to any electronic list program your using now. If your not using anything, then use the list as it's been constantly updated by thousands of people that use it every day.
Printable Calendars on TimeAndDate.com
It's that time of year, time to start thinking about making next year's Calendar. Thankfully the folks at TimeandDate.com make the process really easy. They have a great widget that helps you create all sorts of different calendar types. Simply design your calendar then download the results.
This is useful for event planning and software release scheduling.
You can open up the PDF in Affinity Designer and other programs and add enhance the calendar even more.
There's a lot of other cool Date/Time utilities over at TimeandDate.com:
- Date Duration Calculator: Days between two dates
- Distance Calculator - How far is it?
- Solar & Lunar Eclipses Worldwide
- Sunrise and sunset times in Boston
- World Temperatures -- Hottest/Coldest City in the World right now.
The "Make Your Own" calendar is the most popular thing that I use the site for.
Finding good matching colors is tricky, especially if you're looking for colors for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. COLOURlovers is a great site to find the perfect color for any occasion.
Description from their site:
COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles... All in the spirit of love.
There's color help for just about anything:
Drag and drop the image into Affinity Photo and you can create your own Swatch set from the colors. Just use the Color Picker Tool and build your custom Swatch Set. Check out this video by Affinity on how to do it.