We have been featured on EEWeb's Engineering Site of the day. Check out the announcement here:
If you use an Android phone with location services turned on Google is tracking your location. Want to see where you have been? Just go to https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0 and log in with the same account that you use on your phone. The map will show you where you have been for the last day, week, or even month. Now, this works best if you travel long distances or in areas with a lot of cellular phone towers, but should show up some general locations even if your travels are minimal. Is this amazing, scary, or some of both?
Ever wanted one of these "Like" buttons on one of your own websites so others can share your page with their friends? Well, you can have one, and no, not just a picture of one like above either, a real functioning "Like" button. The steps are fairly straight forward.
1] Go here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like/
2] Fill out the form and click "get code"
3] Copy the code to your page.
That's it, now you have your very own Facebook "Like" button.
If you have read any technology news lately, you may have noticed that Google is shutting down its Google Reader Service. The best replacement I have found is a service called Feedly. If you are already a Feedly user, you can add this blog to your Feedly by using the link at the end of this post.
If you have never used Google Reader, it is a RSS feed reader. An RSS reader gathers the latest post from multiple blogs and websites. Instead of having to visit each blog individually to read new posts, you can go to a single site that pulls all your favorite blogs to one location.
As promised above, here is the link to... Add this Blog to Feedly
Yesterday, we launched a new website for a scrapbooking store in our hometown. Scrapbooker's Hideaway is a locally owned scrapbook and craft store in Millington, Michigan. Their website was built on our system for easy updating by the client. Check out their new website here: Scrapbookershideaway.com
I recently generated a basic web app that assists teachers in converting a number wrong to a percentage. This web app as they are called runs in PHP. You simply input the number of possible points on an assignment and hit go. You will then get a list of numbers and percentages. This saves time when the points possible is not a nice round number that is easy to calculate in your head. You can use the app here: Grade Calculator
How important is a capital letter? It depends on the context, but in many locations it is very important. Case in point, today I was developing a PHP based application and one little capital letter was breaking the whole system. In PHP and many other programming languages capitalization plays an important role in defining different variables and options. For example "spaceTime" and "spacetime" are not the same as far as the code is concerned. If you set "spaceTime" to one and try to read "spacetime" later, it may not equal one. I guess it makes sense, PHP is a programming language much like any other language in that it is used to communicate. It is communication between human and machine. Sometimes a capital letter provides for a cleaner communication, other times it changes the whole meaning.
Do you wonder how the internet works? How your computer finds a site that's out there and brings the information back for you to consume? It's a tangled web of computers, servers, switches and cables. To fix an issue I was having with my website today I used a command line command called "tracert". This command can show all the points along a path from your computer to the website you specify. If you want to try this command out for yourself follow these steps.
1] click the windows orb
2] type "cmd"
3] type "tracert" then the website you want to trace the route to.
Now you know the steps it takes to get from your computer to your favorite website (and back).
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