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Earliest: August 20, 2013Latest: September 14, 2019Total: 107
September 14, 2019

Spot the International Space Station

NASA has a cool site that shows you when you can expect to see the International Space Station. This is a fun thing to look for when you know when it appears.

You enter in your street address and the site will tell you when and where to look up at the sky.

Website Description

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.

Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!

Spot The Station
https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/home.cfm

Bonus Video

Did you know that there's a live video feed from a camera on the International Space Station? If you time it right, and the camera is pointing in the right direction, you may see your area from Space!

Check out the Live ISS Stream video cam and see the view from the International Space Station.

Next time the International Space Station is over your house, check out the video feed from the space station. Miss the live feed? Don't worry there's a 6-hour replace video available.

September 7, 2019

Browser Information

Getting Browser information from an external source is a good way to learn what information your browser is sending. It's a good way to learn your external IP and what features might be enabled.

MyBrowserInfo.com is a great site that makes it quick and easy to get information about your browser settings. I like it because it can tell me the User Language, which some sites use to determine if they need to display information related to Canada's Anti-Spam Law.

Website Description

MyBrowserInfo.com is the fastest and easiest way to determine your IP address and information about your Web browser.

mybrowserinfo
http://mybrowserinfo.com/

Browser Information List

Here's the things that MyBrowserInfo.com can find out:

Operating System, Platform, Internet Browser, Beta Version, Connection Speed, Restrictive Firewall, Local Date/Time, Language, System Language, User Language, Popups Blocked, SSL Support, SSL Enabled, Style Sheet Support, Supports Tables, Table Cell BG Colors, Table Cell BG Images, CDF Support, Color Depth, Supports GZip, Supports Cookies, Cookies Enabled, Supports JavaScript, JavaScript Enabled, JavaScript Version, JavaScript Build, Supports VBScript, Supports ActiveX, ActiveX Enabled, Supports Java, Java Enabled, Java Vendor, Java Version, MS JVM Build, Supports DHTML, Supports Uploads, Supports Frames, Gecko Engine, Screen Dimensions, Browser Dimensions, Supports IFrames, Images Enabled, PNG Support, XML Support, MS XML Parser, Background Sounds, Supports MouseOver, Windows Installer, .NET CLR Installed, MS Media Player, Apple QuickTime, RealPlayer, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe SVG Viewer, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Director, Macromedia Authorware, Citrix, iPIX Image Viewer, Crystal Reports, Viewpoint, Autodesk MapGuide, NetMeeting Build, Using PDA, WAP Support, Proxy Connection, Font Smoothing, Font Sizing, IE Text Size, Fonts Installed

August 31, 2019

Dillinger

Dillinger is a great Online Markdown editor that makes it easy to create markdown documents. The nice thing is that you can see the results of the output in the second pane.

It's a good way to learn Markdown and how to apply the various tags. You can actually use Dillinger to store Markdown templates - information is stored by browser session. This means you can't access that data on a different machine.

Website Description

Dillinger is a cloud-enabled, mobile-ready, offline-storage, AngularJS powered HTML5 Markdown editor.

You can:

  • Import and save files from GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive and One Drive
  • Drag and drop markdown and HTML files into Dillinger
  • Export documents as Markdown, HTML and PDF

Dillinger
https://dillinger.io/

August 24, 2019

My Birthday Hits

Music has always been a part of our lives. It inspires and can help change the mood that we are in.

Thanks to My Birthday Hits, you can find out what songs were popular in your life.

Website Description

Want to know what song was number one your birthday? We bet you've already Googled it. But how about when you were 10? Or 15? You know, when music actually meant something to you... My Birthday Hits gives you a list of the number one songs for each of birthdays. It's the actual soundtrack to your life! Simply enter your birthday and then scroll through each number 1 song on your birthday every year since you were born.

Why not check out all the number one songs throughout your teens? Or the number one on your 21st birthday? Or how about the #1 when you turned 40? Watch the videos, create a Spotify playlist, or buy the tracks you like best on Amazon.

My Birthday Hits
https://www.mybirthdayhits.com/

There's this interesting tweet:

August 17, 2019

Markdown Guide

Markdown is getting to be popular and most editors are now accepting the basic Markdown syntax. It's a good idea to get some fundamentals on how Markdown works. Soon you'll discover why more and more people are using it.

Matt Cone has put together an excellent Markdown Guide which makes it easy to understand the basic syntax . There's a section about the extended syntax which isn't supported in all platforms - but good to know the possibilities.

Website Description

The Markdown Guide is a comprehensive Markdown reference designed for novice and intermediate users. It was born out of frustration with existing Markdown references that are incomplete, inadequate, or both.

Markdown Help
https://www.markdownguide.org/

Popular Playgrounds

If you want to play around with Markdown try https://dillinger.io/, it's a great way to get a real time view of how Markdown works.

August 10, 2019

BBC Sound Effects

Having sound effects can go a long way to spice up a video. There are lots of places where you can get them, but many places lack quality sound effects.

The BBC Sound Effect is a great resource to for profession sound effects for your YouTube videos or Powerpoint slides.

Website Description

These 16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

For commercial use, you can license sound effects.

Access dataset metadata by visiting our dedicated LOD site. If you have any queries regarding usage, please contact jake.berger at bbc.co.uk

B B C Sound Effects
http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/

Now you can have an awesome howling dog for the Halloween video, or the laugh track when you want people to laugh.

August 3, 2019

Yoda Speak Generator

Yoda spoke a funny way - inverses of a normal speak. A classic example:

The greatest teacher, failure is

Now you can translate any text into Yoda speak with the Yoda-Speak Generator.

Website Description

Yoda who? Our favorite little green friend from the Star Wars franchise, first seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, making a return in its sequel Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. Learn how to talk like Yoda - just type or paste in a bunch of text and use the 'Convert to Yoda-Speak' button.

Try it with jokes, emails, song lyrics, card messages, whatever!

Yoda Speak
https://www.yodaspeak.co.uk

Have Fun and Try It

If try try again first you succeed not. Yes, hmmm.

Almost exactly the same, the road to success and the road to failure are. Hmmmmmm.

July 27, 2019

Robot.txt File

If you have a website, you might be familiar with robot.txt file. This file that search engines use to determine what directories should get indexed.

Google has a robot.txt checker tool, which is pretty good. However, the folks over at websiteplanet.com created a useful robot.txt audit tool. Now you can see if your robot.txt file is up to specs! Simply enter the location of your robot.txt file and then go!

Website Description

It's never been easier to test the accuracy of your robots.txt file. Just paste your complete URL, with /robots.txt, click enter, and your report will be ready quickly.

Taking into account both the Robots Exclusion Standard and spider-specific extensions, our robots.txt checker will generate an easy to read a report that will help correct any errors you may have in your robots.txt file.

Robot Txt
https://www.websiteplanet.com/webtools/robots-txt/

Robot.txt Tips

Three tips on using the Robot.txt file:

Put in a fake directory that only exists in the robot.txt file to indicate that it shouldn't be searched. Then check your logs to see if anyone has hit it. This is a good way to see if someone is harvesting the "forbidden search directories."

Yoast.com created The ultimate guide to robots.txt. This is useful to understand all the latest options that robot.txt files have.

Doesn't hurt to check out other websites on how they have their robot.txt file setup.

Robot.txt References

Useful Robot.txt Guides:

July 20, 2019

Canva Logo Design

Canva makes it easy to create you own custom logo. You simply type in your company names, select some styles that you like, and within a matter of minutes you get some creative ideas.

They provide lots of cool styles and inspirational ideas to get you started.

Website Description

Make a custom logo for your brand in minutes.

Canva?s logo maker is trusted by millions of businesses worldwide. Thousands of professionally designed logo templates. Share and edit your logo design seamlessly. Access millions of images, icons & illustrations. Artificial Intelligence generates custom logos Publish, share, download your high-resolution logo anywhere. Hundreds of professional font combinations.

Canva Logo Maker
https://www.canva.com/tools/logo-maker/

July 13, 2019

Typing Speed Test

Do you think you're a good at typing at the computer? Why not take a test to see how good you really are. The Typing Speed Test at Live Chat Inc. is a good way to test your typing accuracy.

Why not take the test and start a foundation of your typing skills.

Website Description

Yes, this is a free typing test. As makers of LiveChat - customer service software for business, we wanted to provide the community of our customers and live chat agents with a free typing test. This way they can constantly practice typing and improve typing skills. You also can test your typing speed for free. Our test is a free typing test with WPM score, but it can be also used as a typing speed test for kids.

Typing Test
https://www.livechatinc.com/typing-speed-test/#/

When I took it, I was surprised how bad I did - I scored a 39 WPM with a 99% accuracy. Time to go back to typing school.