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POSSIBLY USEFUL 'STRIP TAGS' TOOL

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Like, maybe you saved an email as HTML but want to remove most of the code/gobble-de-gook. Click here: Strip Tags Tool or use the form inserted below (assuming it shows up for you). Sorry your browser does not support inline f... read more

A GUIDE TO UTF-8 ENCODING IN PHP AND MYSQL

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"UTF-8 is a variable-width encoding that can represent every character in the Unicode character set. It was designed for backward compatibility with ASCII and to avoid the complications of endianness and byte order marks in UTF-1... read more

INTERNET SEARCHING 101

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There are two pages every one of you might consider bookmarking: Google Advanced Search: https://google.com/advancedsearch Google Image Search: https://images.google.com First, an important note: I'm 100% aware that there are ot... read more

TIME TO SWITCH FROM FIREFOX TO ANOTHER BROWSER

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If this is true, it looks like a good time to get rid of that pesky control freak of a browser, Mozilla Firefox in favor of the Brave, Edge, Opera, Safari or Chrome browsers. Of course, three of those browsers (Edge, Safari, Chrome) ... read more

USEFUL MYSQL QUERIES

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"Here's an example: Compute date from year, week number and weekday SET @yr2012, @wk26, @day0; SELECT StrToDate( Concat(@yr,'-',@wk,'-',If(@day7,0,@day) ), '%Y-%U-%w' ) AS Date;" via artful software ... read more

FIX THOSE FACEBOOK-MANGLED LINKS TO YOUR SITE

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via How to remove Facebook's fbclid parameter using modrewrite on Apache 2.4... read more

DESLIDE THAT WEBSITE

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To remove that annoying slideshow so popular on click-bait sites, try one of the following: cluster fake desli.de print-friendly print what you like... read more

ALTCENSORED VIDEO STREAMING

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Here's an article about them. AltCensored is at altcensored.com/ Other articles on censorship: whoishostingthis.com securethoughts.com ... read more

CLUTTERED WEB PAGES

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This, below, is what happens when you let greed (or desperation) rule over your sense of aesthetics. All I wanted to do was click the link and read the article. smh Good luck finding the actual article! :) -- -- ... read more

THIS MONETIZATION SERVICE LOOKS PROMISING

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This looks promising: SubscribeStar.com. Their tagline is "Create. Monetize. Prosper." I created a page for myself there... UPDATE: Denied! Never mind. You have to already be well-established before they waste their ... read more

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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You will need the password for most of these. Cracking up over Lottery President (Jun 28, 2013). No password required. Dad's birthday, part 2 (Apr 15, 2012) Dad's birthday, part 1 (Apr 15, 2012) Dad at apartment (93rd birthday)... read more

BUILDING YOUR OWN WEBSITE

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Question: I need my own domain name and monetization, plus things like ability to pay and schedule and stuff. Answer: Any Wordpress installation should allow plug-ins for polling, scheduling and other types of forms, in addition ... read more

CONVERTING COLORS

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via convertingcolors.com/... read more

USEFUL WEBSITES

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Just thought I would start a running list of internet/web technologies websites I have found useful, below... image align center delete old messages from gmail keynote support is it down right now website planet expand url me... read more

FREE VECTOR GRAPHICS EDITOR

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Could be useful. See (this one's for Windows, but there's a version for Mac and Linux, too) inkscape.org... read more

OPEN DNS

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Just thought we'd mention ... read more

URL EXPANDER

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You might find this as useful as I just did: expandurl.net... read more

OPTING OUT OF ADS

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Useful site here to opt out of various online ads: yourchoices.com. Some of the biggest name brands always seem to be conveniently unavailable.... read more

IS IT DOWN RIGHT NOW

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Useful site to see if it's your connection (or firewall) or the site itself that's having a problem: Is It Down Right Now? Someone emailed us about their tool here: websiteplanet.com/webtools/down-or-not, although it said this site... read more

BEING HUMAN

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Makes me laugh when Facebook asks why I think something is funny or amazing. I'm thinking "Bite me. I don't have the time or inclination to teach your artificial 'intelligence' algorithms what it means to be human." Not that... read more

COOL WEBSITE

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Here's a cool website I just learned of: atlasobscura.com "In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching... read more

KEYWORD, COOKIE, BROWSER ANALYTICS FAILURE

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Keyword / cookie / browser analytics failurepc-smile.jpgSome headlines Google News mistakenly thought I'd be interested in ... Is Jeb Bush Right About Barack Obama and Donald Trump? - The mainstream (pro-Bush/Clinton) media keep ... read more

LOST A FRIEND

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No, not that kind of lost (knock on wood). So get that lump out of your throat. No, I just noticed I've lost a friend.Don't you hate it when you're walking along talking to someone, it's crowded, you hear a muffled scream but think ... read more

NAME GENERATOR

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Name Generator - Cool Name ideas at the click of a button! I thought this, above, was kinda cool for generating a pseudonym. You can also generate a Medieval name, a Twitter name, whatever. On that page, the actual generator butt... read more

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SAY, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING

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Just the other day I had bought a second wi-fi router from a seller on Craigslist to daisy-chain the two together (somehow) to improve the wireless signal throughout my house. No, it's not a big house.Anyway, last night our power went... read more

HOW SIMPLY UPPER-CASING YOUR PASSWORD CAN FRUSTRATE A HACKER

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Simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attemptsRead the rest of the article at How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hackers attempts at breaking into your account. " A six-letter password in... read more

PLLEEAASSEE REEAADD!! IT WAS ON GOODMORNING AMERICA!!

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It's a very old hoax. Anything with a headline like Plleeaassee reeaadd! It was on Good Morning America! and mentioning Microsoft, AOL and Good Morning America in the same email almost HAS to be a hoax these days, and this one is. ... read more

A FEW GOOD LINKS

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Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share: simple-ways-to-save-money-minimizing sneakiest-new-shopping-scams/ childhealthsafety.wordpress.com ... read more

POSSIBLY USEFUL SITE

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For those old gadgets you'd just as soon get rid of: gazelle.com My old Dell laptop is apparently worth $38!I guess they really want newer stuff.... read more

COOL FEATURE JUST DISCOVERED ON GOOGLE TRANSLATE

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I got an error in a program that was in some foreign language I didn't even recognize, let alone understand. I went to translate.Google.com and typed in one of the words and chose Detect language in the Translate from... box. It... read more

MCDONALDS WI-FI

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In Nashville, anyway, it seems you can get around their proxy system (those outlets that use it), simply by using Google Chrome and maybe Firefox. It might be as simple as using any browser other than Internet Explorer. Using Interne... read more

WATCHING THE WATCHERS

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via ghostery.com/Keep an eye on who's keeping an eye on you at ghostery.com... read more

FAKE ANTIVIRUS MAKES UP 15 PERCENT OF ALL MALWARE

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Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware Tech News on ZDNet... read more

HACKERS LEAK 6.5 MLN LINKEDIN PASSWORDS

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Hackers leak 6.5 mln LinkedIn passwords Time to change your LinkedIn password. eHarmony, too, apparently.... read more

FIX FOR "YTIMG" BROWSER HANG

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Got a tip, thought I'd share it here. Add the following to your HOSTS file (C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts): #fix for ytimg.exe browser hang problem 74.125.162.39 static.cache.l.google.com s.ytimg.com Then from a Windows c... read more

DO NOT VISIT THESE SITES (UNPROTECTED, ANYWAY)

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Just visited these sites, and my antivirus popped-up saying it had blocked a Trojan Horse coming from there (or one of their links): http://thefrist.org http://fixit.in I'll add to this list whenever it happens again.... read more

HACK ATTACK?

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Question There was a couple parked on the curb on Wed from 8am to 12pm on Wed. The girl was like a look-out, it seemed. When I was going to work she gave me a suspicious look, so I drove around in a circle and drove by them getting th... read more

GMAIL'S UNSUBSCRIBE FEATURE

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I hate to promote Google since they already rule the online world, but they do some things very well, e.g., their unsubscribe feature in Gmail. In a message, click on Show Details and you should see the option to Unsubscribe from t... read more

VIDEO DOWNLOAD SITES

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None of these links work anymore. A couple of useful sites here for downloading videos for later viewing. I know I often want to watch a video later, not right then and there. Anyway, here are a couple of links: splandoo.com/ videosn... read more

DOWN FOR EVERYONE, OR JUST ME?

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Down for everyone, or just me?. I LOVE this service!... read more

KASPERSKY FREE VIRUS SCAN

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FAST & FREE security scan for your PC Read the rest of the article at Kaspersky Security Scan.... read more

ONLINE BACKUP

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I'm trying out this online backup system called Nordic Backup. So far, so good. Click here to try it yourself free for 30 days. ... read more

RANSOMWARE

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A heads-up on ransomware, still a huge problem Beware of this scam. Don't bother trying to get them to help you unlock your pc: hackers-gang-russian-bust. The fix is to download, UPDATE, and run Malwarebytes.... read more

SET EMAIL TO FORWARD TO SOMEONE ELSE

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QUESTION: How do I set email (Outlook 2003) to forward to someone else while I'm out?ANSWER: In Outlook, click on Tools, Out of Office AssistantClick I am currently out of the office… and type your outgoing message, if any.Cli... read more

WEBSITE VISIBILITY TOOL

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Thanks to GoDaddy phone support, I discovered this very useful site: megaproxy. One of my domain names was not resolving correctly from home. I went to the website above and checked it, and everything was resolving correctly from ther... read more

HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO STOP FORWARDING STUFF TO YOU

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via stopforwarding.us/... read more


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