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November 28, 2020

TarTan Maker

If your looking for a good stripes pattern maker - TarTan Maker is the way to go. The site makes it easy to create your own tartan design.

The nice things is that there is a Gallery of other peoples designs. You can build off of these designd to make it easy for you.

Website Description

Generate tartan patterns. For scottish lovers and fancy designers!

tartanmaker
http://www.tartanmaker.com/

Most Popular TarTan Design

This is the most popular TarTan design:

tartan Maker Popular

November 21, 2020

Scale

Good illustrations are hard to find. You can search for various online databases for the perfect fit. Then you have to deal with the licensing issues.

Karthik Sridharan put together Scale which is a free illustrations for all. Its a cool collection of illustrations that you can use to spice up any website or presentation.

Website Description

Royalty-free Vector Illustrations for Commercial Use One new high-quality, free illustration each day. Bring your ideas to life with Scale.

Scale Flexiple
https://2.flexiple.com/scale/

How Awesome That

November 14, 2020

Brand Colors

When creating websites, sometimes you want to match a color from your favorite brand. For example, if you're creating a section for YouTube videos, you may want to use YouTube Red.

U.S. Brand Colors is a great resource for the color of many popular brands. It's a good way to figure out the right Hex, RGB, CMYK, and Pantone color to use for your next project.

Website Description

A small team of designers studying branding trying to build a reliable resource containing the color palettes of the most popular brands in the world.

U S Brand Colors
https://usbrandcolors.com/

58 Brands Available

As of today, here are all the brands that are available on the website:

Amazon, Microsoft, Xbox One, Burger King, Red Bull, FedEx, Levi's, John Deere, Heineken, Samuel Adams, Pabst Blue Ribbon, WhatsApp, Lyft, Pinterest, Taco Bell, Monster Energy, UPS, Miller High Life, Keystone Light, Busch, Busch Light, Uber, Netflix, Subway, Coca-Cola, USPS, Natural Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Airbnb, Slack, Starbucks, Pepsi, DHL, Coors Light, Bud Light, Johnny Walker, Android, Spotify, IBM, McDonald's, Kool-Aid, Jack Daniel's, Messenger, Snapchat, Apple, Facebook, Oracle, HP, Dunkin' Donuts, Gatorade, Sprite, Jim Beam, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Google.

November 7, 2020

Stack Overflow Trends

When you need help with something with computer programming, the best place to go online is Stack Overflow. You can usually find an answer to your question, or if it's new, someone can answer your question.

Over the years Stack Overflow has captured a lot of data from the questions that people have asked. They put together a trends section, where you can compare various things.

You can find out what Operating System is the most popular, what computer language is being used, what Javascript framework people are using.

Website Description

See how technologies have trended over time based on use of their tags since 2008, when Stack Overflow was founded. Enter up to 15 tags to compare growth and decline.

Stack Over Flow Trends
https://insights.stackoverflow.com/trends

You can use the links on the page for popular searches, or type in tags that you want to compare against.

For "fun" see if you can guess what caused certain things to trend lower.

October 31, 2020

Jack O Lantern Generator

Happy Halloween!

Every year we make Jack O Lanterns. The hardest thing is deciding what to put on the pumpkin.

The random Jack O Lantern generator was created to give you ideas on what to make on your pumpkin.

Clicking the random button helps stimulate the thought process on creating the great pumpkin.

Jack O Lantern Generator
https://springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/jackolantern.htm

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/