Code Samples,Web Design

Some Great Open Source JavaScript Chart Libraries

16 Dec , 2019  

Examples of bar charts, line charts, pies, donuts, etc.

A Listly of some of the more popular open source Javascript charting libraries I’ve reviewed over the course of the past year.

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Arduino,Code Samples

ATTiny85 Circuit: Simulated Flickering Candle Flame

2 Nov , 2016  

ATTiny85 Flickering Flame circuit for Halloween Jack O Lantern Pumpkin

A simple circuit for an ATTiny85 to blink 6 LEDs (3 pairs in parallel) to simulate a flicking candle effect for use in a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin

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Code Samples,Social Media

Adding Twitter Share Via Attribution to Swifty Bar WordPress Plugin

10 Oct , 2015  

Angel with Sword

Tonight I discovered a really cool plugin for Wordpress called Swifty Bar. It adds a floating share bar on the footer of your blog posts with a Medium-style “x many minutes to read” estimator with a visual progress bar showing you how far along you are in text. The one feature it doesn’t have is a means of attribution with the Twitter share button.

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News,Search Engine Optimization,Stuff

Use This to Check Your Site’s SSL Before Google Distrusts You

16 Sep , 2014  


I came across a great new open source website (awesome domain) that will check whether or not the SSL certificate you installed on your website will be deemed obsolete and worthless by Google next month. Just enter your website’s URL and it will analyze your SSL certificate – you know, the SSL cert – the thing that adds the padlock and the HTTPS to preface the URL of your website. Yes, Google is also judging you for your cert now, and this news is coming right on the heels of the speculation and buzz around Matt Cutts’ speculation and buzz that he’d like to see SSL and HTTPS become a ranking factor in Google search results.

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Database,News,Social Media

5 Million Gmails Hacked, Was Yours One?

10 Sep , 2014  

Gmail logo

A couple hours ago I heard that Gmail had been hacked and a list of about 5 million emails had been leaked last night. There is still some conjecture about what happened and how, but what is certain is that this is a list of legitimate emails, and should be taken seriously. So I built a security alerts tool which will check if your Gmail address has been hacked recently.

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Search Engine Optimization,Social Media

Social Media Optimization (SMO) Is The New SEO

25 Jul , 2013  


Is SEO Dead? I don’t know, but it sure doesn’t hold a candle to the power of Social Media signals these days. I think a lot of people much smarter than I will agree with that statement. So if Social Media is becoming arguably more important than Search Engine Optimization, what are you doing about Social Media Optimization?

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Republished,Social Media

KnowEm Launches USPTO Trademark Search and Registration Service

28 May , 2011  

Writing in notebook with laptop

You talked, and we listened – today we launched a new service to make it even easier for brands to secure their online presence in one place, by adding a graphical USPTO Trademark Search and Registration service to  In our continuing hope to make KnowEm a one-stop-shop for all your business branding and marketing needs, we thought it was a natural extension of our service offerings to allow business and inidivuals the chance to trademark their brands.

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News,Republished,Social Media

Microsoft Follows Google’s Rules of Trademark Use In PPC

16 Feb , 2011  

Microsoft as Google

Microsoft released an announcement today that as of March 3rd, 2011, they will no longer be making editorial investigations into “complaints about trademarks used as keywords to trigger ads on Bing & Yahoo! Search in the United States and Canada.” What this basically means is they are allowing anyone to bid on a trademarked term for PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising, even if someone else owns the trademark on that term. They still, however, will investigate text within the ads (note their new “Investigations” policy).

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News,Social Media

Google Announces Social Media to Influence Search Rankings

22 Dec , 2010  


A few days ago Matt Cutts of the Google Web Search Quality Team announced that Google is going to start factoring signals from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook in their search engine rankings and results. This marks a shift from a video Cutts made in May 2010 in which he reported Google was not looking at social results.

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Republished,Social Media

If a Country Can’t Reclaim a Username, What Chance Do You Have?

15 Sep , 2010  

sad and lonely

It was recently reported that the state of Israel purchased the Twitter username @Israel from a private individual named Israel Meléndez for an undisclosed sum, which by some reports may be as much as six figures. You read that right – the Nation of Israel paid for a Twitter username from some guy that runs a porn site in Miami. He gave the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu his password, and then they handed him a check.

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News,Social Media

The New Threat of Typosquatting (Misspelled Brands) in Social Media

14 Sep , 2010  


A recent tweet by Andrew Nystrom of RedBull brought attention to a growing trend we’ve noticed in Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook — that of Typosquatting. Typosquatting is a form of brandjacking/cybersquatting in which someone registers the misspelling of a brand or trademark term in an attempt to capture traffic from a legitimate well-known entity. In the case of social networks, this is done by using the misspelling of a username, such as in Justin Bieber’s case. The real @justinbieber has 5.2 million followers, but a misspelled dupe account of @justinbeiber (the i and e transposed) with zero tweets already has over 16,000 followers.

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News,Social Media

KnowEm Adds 20 More Domains to Domain Name Checking Service

4 Sep , 2010  

We’re very pleased to announce today that we’ve added 20 new international TLDs (top-level domains) to our free service which checks domain name availability, bringing our total number of domain extensions searched to over 60. The new domains are a result of our continued commitment to provide marketers, trademark specialists, and branding managers a one-stop shop for everything related to branding.

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