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Duck Duck Go Search Engine (your new alternative to Google.com)

Recently, Google.com, Bing.com, and other major search engines have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web according to what they feel you should or shouldn't be looking at. I have a problem with this, seeing that most people assume these search engines are indexing the web and what they are displaying is a representation of what is on the web, hence if you don't find it there, you think it probably does not exist. Read more »


Lesson Learned - Google is not Always Right

Last week I learned a new lesson in life...Google is NOT always right. If I had let that thought enter my head, I would have saved myself a few hours. So what happened? Well, I was just playing around on one of my hobby sites, doing some updates and upon completing the updates, I noticed all my html tables where breaking the layout of my site. Uh-oh! What did I do? After several hours of trying to roll back updates, examine code, etc, I realized it wasn't anything I did at all! Google's Chrome update was the one to blame. Read more »


Plane Finder

While I was looking up information on my flight to Australia next week, I came across this very cool website. It's called Plane Finder. Basically, it's a website which displays a real-time map of all active flights, along with their flight path, call signs, and aircraft details. I thought this was pretty cool and I had no idea our skies were so crowded. At the time of my checking, there were 9,560 flights...impressive! Curious who is still flying over Ukraine, check it out now!

http://planefinder.net


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Norse IPviking - Real-time Visualization of Global Internet Attacks

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Norse IPviking is a free online tool that displays a real-time visual map of global attacks with information such as, the attacking country, the target country, and the type of attack that is being carried out. No surprise, but you will see most of the attacks originating from China.

This stuff is super cool to watch, especially at specific times of the day. Another interesting thing is the attacks being carried out on areas you wouldn't expect, such as the location near the south west side of Africa and Antarctica. I'll let you do your own research on what those places are and why the attacks are happening there. 

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DigitalOcean - An Incredibly Easy to Use Cloud Hosting Provider with Superb Customer Support

I have finally moved away from using shared hosting...and man does it feel good! And if I knew how EASY and AFFORDABLE it was, I would have moved on a long time ago. But then again, DigitalOcean wasn't really around.

So what is DigitalOcean? DigitalOcean is a cloud hosting provider built on simplicity and community. Both of which, are the reasons I decided to go with them. I have changed hosting providers several times over the years, mostly due to extremely poor (or nonexistent) customer service and unreliable servers/support technicians. Read more »


Evernote - Becoming 90% digital

I have recently started to get addicted to this app/online web tool called Evernote. I decided it was finally time to consolidate some of my files stored on Dropbox, Google Drive, my personal file server, and local HD on my laptop. We have so many options these days when it comes to digital tools, we start to become overwhelmed with choices and our saved information (our photos, documents, notes, etc.) become time consuming to actually find. You don't know where to find your files, because we don't actually even know where to start looking.


Japanese Web and Mobile Study Resources

I have recently kicked my Japanese study into high gear, and to assist me with this, I did some digging on the internet to find some of the best apps/tools/websites to help with my language studying.

This time around I am arming myself with some of the latest free and paid mobile apps and online website tools. I thought I would quickly share what I have found so far in preparing my personalized study program.

Here are some of the apps/tools/methods I am using along with some info...


Google Maps is a Growing User Review and Business Directory Service

Yelp and Tripadvisor are probably getting a bit worried with Google pushing their map service more and more. Google Maps already has pretty much, every known business on the planet listed. Try it out, search the name of an establishment and the address or city it's in, and I'm guessing 99 times out of a 100, that place will come up in the results. What you may have started to notice is that users are reviewing these places right through Google Maps. I have been using Google's star/save feature for sometime now. This feature was once limited to only the web browser version of Google Maps, but Google has recently rolled it out to their mobile app platform as well. SWEET! Read more »


Uber Taxi Service

After using Addison Lee for the past year, I finally gave Uber a try, and I must say...I absolutely loved it! Uber is a car for hire service and is managed through a smartphone mobile app. You basically just fire up the app, identify your location (using your phone's GPS), specify where you want to go, and then book your driver. It even gives you car options, such as a standard, executive, or luxury car for your journey. The app also provides you with your journey's estimated total fare and when you can expect your pickup. 

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