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POSSIBLY USEFUL 'STRIP TAGS' TOOL

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 frames.... read more

A GUIDE TO UTF-8 ENCODING IN PHP AND MYSQL

"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-16 and UTF-32. UTF-8 has become the dominant character encoding for... read more

INTERNET SEARCHING 101

There are two pages every one of you might consider bookmarking:Google Advanced Search: google.com/advancedsearchGoogle Image Search: images.google.comFirst, an important note: I'm 100% aware that there are other, safer search sites that don't store personal information. But the fac... read more

TIME TO SWITCH FROM FIREFOX TO ANOTHER BROWSER

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) are owned by companies with a history of censorship, so.... you sh... read more

USEFUL MYSQL QUERIES

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

FIX THOSE FACEBOOK-MANGLED LINKS TO YOUR SITE

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

DESLIDE THAT WEBSITE

To remove that annoying slideshow so popular on click-bait sites, try one of the following:cluster fakedesli.deprint-friendlyprint what you like... read more

ALTCENSORED VIDEO STREAMING

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

CLUTTERED WEB PAGES

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

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 time with you. Bast... I mean, bless their hearts!They were oh so nic... read more

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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) (Apr 15, 2012) No password required. It was briefly unavailable because, ... read more

BUILDING YOUR OWN WEBSITE

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 to blogging.Go here to create a Google Ads account (for monetization) ... read more

CONVERTING COLORS

Go to convertingcolors.com/... read more

USEFUL WEBSITES

Just thought I would start a running list of internet/web technologies websites I have found useful, below...image align centerdelete old messages from gmailkeynote supportis it down right nowwebsite planetexpand urlmega proxygazellecanva... read more

FREE VECTOR GRAPHICS EDITOR

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

Just thought we'd mention OpenDNS.com (or .org) which we use here at FriendsNews.com. It's a good parental control as well as an easy way to filter your Internet traffic.... read more

URL EXPANDER

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

OPTING OUT OF ADS

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

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 was down, but it wasn't, so I don't know.... read more

BEING HUMAN

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 it could ever understand it, anyway.... read more

COOL WEBSITE

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 for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, giganti... read more

KEYWORD, COOKIE, BROWSER ANALYTICS FAILURE

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 pretending Jeb is relevant.Kanye West named GQ's Most Stylish Man once... read more

NAME GENERATOR

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 buttons are on the right. It took me a second to tune out all the ads. :)... read more

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

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 out for about a minute. No big deal, I thought, other than having... read more

HOW SIMPLY UPPER-CASING YOUR PASSWORD CAN FRUSTRATE A HACKER

Simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attempts How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hackers attempts at breaking into your account."A six-letter password in lower-case text takes a hacker's computer just ten minutes to crack, according to ... read more

PLLEEAASSEE REEAADD IT WAS ON GOODMORNING AMERICA

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.On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM, wrote:This is probably a hoax, but ... read more

A FEW GOOD LINKS

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

POSSIBLY USEFUL SITE

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

COOL FEATURE JUST DISCOVERED ON GOOGLE TRANSLATE

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 told me the word was Danish. Look here: translate.Google.com/#s... read more

MCDONALDS WI-FI

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 Internet Explorer, I tried to be a good boy and sign up for a free accoun... read more

WATCHING THE WATCHERS

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

HACKERS LEAK 6.5 MLN LINKEDIN PASSWORDS

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

FAKE ANTIVIRUS MAKES UP 15 PERCENT OF ALL MALWARE

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

DO NOT VISIT THESE SITES (UNPROTECTED, ANYWAY)

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

HACK ATTACK?

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 their license plate. When I came back at around noon, they were stil... read more

GMAIL'S UNSUBSCRIBE FEATURE

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 this sender. The advantage of this is that it will be Gmail's serv... read more

VIDEO DOWNLOAD SITES

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/ videosnag.com/ There are probably a hundred others. :) In a similar vein, h... read more

FIX FOR "YTIMG" BROWSER HANG

Got a tip, thought I'd share it here. Add the following to your HOSTS file (C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts): #fix for ytimg.exe browser hang problem74.125.162.39 static.cache.l.google.com s.ytimg.com Then from a Windows command prompt (DOS box), run: ipconfig /flushdns... read more

KASPERSKY FREE VIRUS SCAN

FAST & FREE security scan for your PC Kaspersky Security Scan.... read more

ONLINE BACKUP

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

A heads-up on ransomware, still a huge problemBeware 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

DOWN FOR EVERYONE, OR JUST ME?

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

SET EMAIL TO FORWARD TO SOMEONE ELSE

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.Click Add Rule at the bottom left.Check the Forward box and click... read more

WEBSITE VISIBILITY TOOL

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 there. I had tested it from home with four different browsers, so cook... read more

HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO STOP FORWARDING STUFF TO YOU

Go to stopforwarding.us/... read more


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