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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

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Duck Duck Go Search Engine

Recently, some of the big search engine companies, have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web. 

Well, I came across a search engine that prides itself in its' user privacy and unfiltered results. It's called duck duck go and you should give it a try. If you are unable to find what you are looking for using google.com, bing.com or yahoo.com (do people still use that for search?), you may want to give duckduckgo.com a try. You may just like it to the point that you start using it as your primary search engine.  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!

http://planefinder.net


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