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Keeping Track of Political Polls

by Michael on October 30, 2008 · 0 comments

With the Presidential Election just around the corner, I wanted to share an excellent resource for keeping track of all the polling data that’s floating around: FiveThirtyEight – Politics Done Right Check it out. They’ve done a fantastic job of aggregating a mountain of data and predicting the outcome of the Presidential race, as well as tons of other races.

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Freeing Up Space on Your Mac Hard Drive

by Michael on October 26, 2008 · 0 comments

My wife has an older MacBook with an 80GB hard drive. Unfortunately, she’s been running short on disk space. In an attempt to free up a few additional gigs, I downloaded JDiskReport (a freeware program that allows you to visualize your disk usage) and fired it up.

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If you’re a Mac user and you want to check how your web pages look in a variety of Windows-based browsers, check out BrowserShots.org. This is a free service that offers screenshots using a wide variety of browsers on multiple platforms.

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Securing WordPress

by Michael on June 6, 2008 · 0 comments

After yesterday’s excitement with one of my WordPress installs getting hacked, I though I’d point out an interesting article on securing WordPress: Hardening WordPress I haven’t read it closely yet, but it looks quite useful.

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This is a slick little javascript bookmarklet that lists the attributes of various on-page elements: Mouseover DOM Inspector Just save it to your bookmarks toolbar (or wherever). When you want to use it, simply click on it and then mouseover the elements you’re curious about. When you’re done, simply hit escape. This is a pretty nifty little too for quickly figuring out column widths, etc. when poking around on a site.

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Free Server Downtime Monitoring Tool

by Michael on May 20, 2008 · 0 comments

Check this out… If you go over to montastic.com you can set up an account and enter any domains that you wish to monitor. You can enter up to 100 domains and, once it’s set up, they’ll periodically ping the sites on your list and e-mail you if there’s a change in status (i.e., site is down, site is back up).

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