jbellendir's blog

Gap Minder - A Fact-based Worldview

If you haven't heard of Gap Minder, be sure to check out this very cool online tool. Gap Minder helps you visualize various data sets to better understand the world around you. In their words, "We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."

How Secure is Your Password?

Do you have a strong password? How strong is it exactly? Check out this cool online tool, which will give you a rough idea of how long it would take to crack your password.

Here is the link: https://howsecureismypassword.net/

jQuery Vector Maps

I've been playing around with jQuery a bit lately, and I thought it would be cool to create a world map to visually show which countries I have been to. I came across jQuery Vector Maps (http://jqvmap.com/). It's well documented and very easy to configure to your liking. With a few lines of code and using their stock World Map, I was able to create a visual map showing all the countries I have visited. See if in action here: http://www.jbellendir.com/about-me/my-travels


Duck Duck Go Search Engine (your 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 Code is not Always Flawless

Last week I learned a new lesson in life...Google code is NOT always perfect. If I had let that thought enter my head, I would have saved myself a few hours. So what happened? Well, I was playing around on one of my hobby websites, performing 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 »

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