internetTools

October 24, 2020

Bongo.cat

Internet time is not all work. Sometimes you want to take a break and be entertained

Bongo.cat is a site to take a break. Put on the headphones and play with the keyboard for a bit. Hey if your good at it, maybe people will think you are still working.

Check out some of the song examples on the GitHub repository. Surprise someone by playing happy birthday when you're on the phone with them.

Website Description

Bongo Cat is a meme created by DitzyFlama (tweet) using StrayRogue's drawing of a cat.

Bongo Cat
https://bongo.cat/

GitHub has a list of even more songs that you can play while using Bongo.cat.

October 17, 2020

Fall Foliage Prediction Map

This is the most wonderful time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. There's nothing like enjoying the Fall Foliage from anyplace in the country.

Finding the best fall foliage colors can be tricky. Luckily the folks at SmokyMountain makes it easy with an interactive Fall Foliage Prediction Map.

Not only can you see where the peak colors, but you can learn all about the science behind the leaves changing colors.

Website Description

The 2020 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

Fall Foliage Prediction Map
https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

October 10, 2020

httpbin.org

Sometimes when you are testing, you need to test various HTTP scenarios. Usually, this is to ensure that the server has the proper response or your testing custom responses.

The best solution would be a simple HTTP Request & Response Service.

The one that gives you more bang for your testing would be httpbin.org.

Website Description

Testing an HTTP Library can become difficult sometimes. RequestBin is fantastic for testing POST requests, but doesn’t let you control the response. This exists to cover all kinds of HTTP scenarios. Additional endpoints are being considered.

httpbin
http://httpbin.org/

October 3, 2020

IFTTT Subscription

If you're a fan of IFTTT, you should know about the IFTTT Pro. It's an opportunity to take IFTTT to a whole new level.

If you haven't heard about IFTTT, then check out a post .

What IFTTT Pro brings is the ability to add queries and conditional logic to your IFTTT Applets. Which means you can create actions based on very specific conditions.

I F T T T Pro
https://ifttt.com/pro

For a limited time, you can name your own price to the IFTTT Pro plan. So for $2.99 you can get a more powerful IFTTT service.

Who knows what the price will be in a few months, and what new features will be available just for Pro customers.

September 26, 2020

iOS Bookmarket

Bookmarklets are a good way to perform actions instead of going to a page. For example, if you want to create a QR Code of a webpage, such as a help page, you can use one of the Bookmarklet tools created by Amit Agarwal.

Website Description

Pick any service from the drop-down (say Twitter) and then bookmark the page to install the corresponding iOS bookmarklet (Share on Twitter in this case) in the Safari browser of your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. See this video for a demo.

iSO Bookmarklet
http://ctrlq.org/ios/

The Booklets available include: Amazon Wishlist, Bit.ly, Coral Cache, Delicious, Evernote, Facebook, Feedly, Goo.gl, Google Bookmarks, Google Cache, Google Reader, Google+, Instapaper, Kindle, Pinterest, Pocket, QR Code, Google Proxy, Readability, Save as PDF, Scoop It, Share It, Site Search, Translate, Tumblr, Twitter

Amit Agarwal posted what each of the Bookmarklet does.

September 19, 2020

Safety Signs

Safety Sign Generator is a cool site to create simple warning signs. These are signs that you may see around the office such as "Not an Exit" or "High Voltage."

You can have a lot of fun coming up with some fancy signs for Slack or to hang up at your office.

Website Description

The information required on a safety sign should be arranged to provide the most important information first. The statement concerning the consequences of interaction with the hazard is generally best understood when placed after the hazard description statement or used integrally with the hazard description statement. As a general rule, the hazard message should come first when there are many feasible action/avoidance alternatives. However, action/avoidance messages should come first when there are few avoidance alternatives.

Write in a "headline style," eliminating nonessential words and pronouns (this, that, they), articles (a, the, an), and forms of the verb to be (is, are, were). Avoid hyphenation when at all possible.

Safety Sign Generator
https://observatory.db.erau.edu/generators/signs/

Samples

Caution Sign

Code Freeze Warning Sign

September 12, 2020

Unscreen.com

There are a lot of websites that remove the background from images, some better than others. But there's not a lot of sites that bring that same technology to video.

Unscreen.com removes background images from videos.

No more fiddling with green screens and doing countless reshoots. Simply upload a video to Unscreen.com and watch it work its magic.

Website Description

Producing background-free video used to require complex and fiddly techniques like chroma-keying and greenscreens. With Unscreen you can record your footage anywhere, then simply get rid of the background.

No need to pick pixels, select colors, paint masks or move paths: Unscreen analyzes your video 100% automatically and generates a high-quality result. Simple, good.

unscreen
https://www.unscreen.com/

The free version allows you to remove the background on a 5-second clip at 360p.

If you really love this service, get the Subscription plan. It's based on the number of minutes. So if you are going to be using this on a lot of clips you should buy a lot of minutes. For example, a 3-minute clip cost $9.

Certainly worth trying a bunch of clips and seeing how awesome this can transform your video opportunities.

September 5, 2020

IcoMoon

Website developers are always looking for the latest icons and graphics for their websites. One good resource for icons is IcoMoon.

IcoMoon allows you to make your own font collection. This allows you to have a smaller file for users to download, which will make your website load much quicker.

Website Description

IcoMoon is striving to build and provide the best iconography and icon management tool for perfectionists. IcoMoon's icon library features only the very best icon sets out there. All of our icons are designed on a precise pixel grid. The IcoMoon app lets you build and use your own icon packs in many different formats including SVG, Polymer, PDF, XAML, CSH, icon font with ligatures, or good old PNG/CSS sprites.

Ico Moon
https://icomoon.io/

August 29, 2020

ReWrite Rule Tester

If you manage a website, chances are your adding rules to the htaccess file to for SEO or navigation reasons.

One of the common problems of managing the htaccess file, is understanding all the rewrite rules to make the redirect work the way you intended. Usually, it involves lots of testing in Production.

The htaccess tester website can save some of the frustration. You simply put in the URL and the rule that you want to apply, click the test button, and see the results. You can simply make adjustments before impacting your live site.

Rewrite Rule Htaccess
https://htaccess.madewithlove.be/

What is Htaccess file?

For those of you in Rio Linda... the htaccess file is one way to redirect server requests. So if someone types in www.company.com/info or www.company.com/help they would point to the same file. Now developers can focus on changing a single file instead of worrying about multiple files.

August 22, 2020

Jigsaw Puzzle

Every once in a while it's good to take a break from work and relax. I am not talking about vacation, rather step away from everything for a few minutes. One way to calm down on a stress full day is to work on a puzzle.

Jigsawplanet.com is a cool site that offers free online puzzles. You can pick the image and complexity of the puzzles. If your really good at puzzles, try to beat the best time.

It's all fun and games, and a great way to take a break from the everyday stress.

Website Description

Jigsaw Planet is developed by Tibo Software, the developer of the best jigsaw puzzle game for Windows.

Tibo Software was established in 2003 and the company is based in Pardubice, the Czech Republic. At the beginning we started to develop software and games for Windows - Bad Toys 3D, Rolling Marbles, Jigs@w Puzzle, Jigs@w Puzzle Promo Creator and Jigs@w Puzzle 2.

Random Puzzles
https://www.jigsawplanet.com/

August 15, 2020

Clipdad.com

If you have a Podcast or a YouTube Channel, chances are you looking for some good royalty free background music. The music usually helps set the moon of the show.

The folks over at ClipDad.com put together a bunch of quality audio clips that you can simply download and add it to your collection. The nice thing is that it's free and you won't have to worry about a copyright strike.

If you want something more unique, there's a monthly premium plan. At $5 a month, you get access to the entire music catalog with unlimited downloads of all the music.

Website Description

A Clipdad or Clipmom is a person or being that has or can create music, audio, or video clips for you!

These audio or video clips are ROYALTY FREE. Which means? Just pay for the download once and use them in your projects whenever you want without paying (if they are in the "featured" sections). If they are in the "free" sections? They are just free to use whenever, free of cost.

Music For Projects
https://www.clipdad.com/

August 8, 2020

Random List Generator

Today many software engineering teams are working from home. Usually, weekly standups are set up so people can talk about what they are working on and if they need any help. Having a different order list is a good way to change up the standup meeting.

Random.org's List Randomizer is a perfect solution. Simply put in a list of names, click Randomize and instantly you have this week's standup meeting order.

Website Description

This form allows you to arrange the items of a list in random order. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs.

List Randomizer
https://www.random.org/lists/

August 1, 2020

HTML Cleaner

An HTML Cleaner is handy to have when you want to clean up some text for code review, or when your copy/paste code for stackoverflow.com.

I personally like html-cleaner.com as my personal resource. I like to remove links on some raw HTML, as I don't need to show them on some Wiki pages.

HTML Cleaner is awesome for fixing up Microsoft Word HTML exports.

Website Description

Get rid of your dirty markup with the free online HTML Cleaner. It's very easy to compose, edit, format, and minify the web code with this online tool. Convert Word docs to tidy HTML and any other visual documents like Excel, PDF, Google Docs etc. It's extremely simple and efficient to work with the two attached visual and source editor which respond instantly to your actions.

H T M L Cleaner
https://html-cleaner.com/

July 25, 2020

GetPrank

Sometimes it nice to take a break from the every day craziness.

Use the getprank.com site to safely transform someones computer into a totally different computer. They could come back to a Windows XP, Windows 7 or ios.

There's different types of pranks: Pet Prank, Cyber Hacker, and Fake News.

Prank Website
https://geekprank.com/

July 18, 2020

Clip Art Library

Clip Arts are great when you want to add a bit of life to a presentation or email. There are plenty of companies that offer clipart - at a price. You shouldn't need to buy one if your only looking for a simple image for an email or Slack comment.

The folks over at Clip Art Library has a large collection of clip art available at your needs. All the clip are for non-commercial use.

A quick search for "Snowman" produced 826,000 images - surely there's something that I could use.

Website Description

ClipArt are graphic elements used to create a design. In other words, this is a raster or vector picture that may have any graphic format. For instance, raster clipart comprises of photographs, drawings, which are composed of pixels, the scanned images can be also used here. A vector image is painted with the help of special editors, which are composed of curves and which may be edited at any time. Usually, they have EPS format.

Clipart is used to create a web-design, you can also draw up bills, posters, make cards, collages and wallpapers. Thanks to ClipArt and its individual elements, the new image is created including all the elements; it looks like it’s a photomontage, a creation of the new design. At the same time, it will be a big plus if ClipArt goes without a background since you do not have to waste time removing it. What’s the format of this kind of image? These are widely known PNG and GIF formats; the images can be saved both with a background and without it. There are also scrapbook kits for creativity, which consist of png images; those are a set of elements and backgrounds

Clipart Lubrary
http://clipart-library.com/