September 21, 2019 by cryan.com
Animated Gifs are all the rage, and there's no better place to create and touch up GIfs than ezgif.com. It's the one stop shop for all your basic GIF editing.
I like to use their optimize feature to better compress GIF files that have been created using different applications.
Ezgif.com is simple online GIF maker and toolset for basic animated GIF editing. Here you can create, resize, crop, reverse, optimize, and apply some effects to gifs.
Sample GIF Images
Here's a couple of images that I converted from H.264 to GIF:
Boston's MBTA Commuter Rail. Using ezgif.com I was able to convert the original 2.9 MB MOV file to the 732 K GIF
This Movie was 1.8 MB, but using ezgif.com I was able to get it down to 652k.
Spot the International Space Station
September 14, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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!
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 by cryan.com
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.
MyBrowserInfo.com is the fastest and easiest way to determine your IP address and information about your Web browser.
Browser Information List
Here's the things that MyBrowserInfo.com can find out:
August 31, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
Dillinger is a cloud-enabled, mobile-ready, offline-storage, AngularJS powered HTML5 Markdown editor.
- 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
My Birthday Hits
August 24, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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.
There's this interesting tweet:
August 17, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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.
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.
BBC Sound Effects
August 10, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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
Now you can have an awesome howling dog for the Halloween video, or the laugh track when you want people to laugh.Permalink
Yoda Speak Generator
August 3, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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!
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 by cryan.com
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!
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.
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.
Useful Robot.txt Guides:
Canva Logo Design
July 20, 2019 by cryan.com
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.
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.