Free For Any Use: Icon Sets – Updated

I’ve been working on searching out sources of free for any use, royalty free (personal or commercial) icon sets that are of high quality and professional looking. I use these in my web-development projects. I’ve had such a hard time finding sets that are free for commercial use. But, after several weeks of searching I’ve […]

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Consumer Poison: Planned Obsolescence

While companies are spending billions of advertising dollars to convince you that their brand is cool, trustworthy, and reliable… behind consumers’ backs they are also paying their engineers to create products that will break down sooner than necessary. That’s so you’ll buy another one, and if they’ve caught you with their advertising, you’ll buy it […]

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The Canadian Zero Emission Car

Why can’t I buy this in Canada yet? The ZENN car (Zero Emission No Noise) is developed and built in Canada, plugs into a standard outlet, costs about $12,000, is perfect for city driving, and yet it’s not legal for it to be sold in Canada. Yet. I want one! Check it out on the […]

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Sears.com / Kmart.com Installing Spyware On Your PC

The online security community is alerting consumers to the fact that joining the Sears My SHC Community program results in spyware being installed onto your computer which tracks all of your internet activity- including logins to bank accounts and other personal data and sends it to a third party (not Sears). This is completely unacceptable […]

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Response To Michael S. Berliner

I realize it’s a 6 year old article, but it’s new to me and I had to respond. Michael S. Berliner writes in his article “If Environmentalists Succeed, They Will Make Human Life Impossible” found on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute an article which he puts forth as fact regarding the fate of […]

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Prevent Direct Access of Files With PHP

A common problem new developers encounter is when they have an area of their website made private, how do they prevent non-logged-in users from going straight to a non-php file like a word document? There are solutions involving htaccess files but these typically can’t easily be integrated with your PHP user management system. The quick […]

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Consumer Choices Drive Outsourcing

North American businesses are increasingly outsourcing work to cheaper labour markets overseas. Many businesses don’t really like to do this, and consumers are now shouting about lost jobs and increased unemployment. But we only have ourselves to blame. My parents own a small local company. They do their work in-house. They, and myself have had […]

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Privacy and “Nothing To Hide” Arguement

Whenever I express my horror at government actions or policies that infringe on people’s rights, nearly ALL of my friends and family respond with “I’m not concerned, I have nothing to hide!”. I always have a hard time explaining why this argument isn’t valid. If you don’t value your privacy and if you don’t understand […]

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Personal Projects Recap

Some people may not realize this, but my first personal web development project was horizonarchives.com. Years ago I thought it was the best thing ever. Despite the long domain name, the horrid orange and black design, and the overwhelming job of keeping it up to date, I loved it. It also allowed me to practice […]

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Great Quote from The Guardian

I heard a great quote while watching the movie The Guardian. Said by a fifty-something female bartender to a fifty-something male coast guard rescue swimmer: “Hell, I’ve always been old, Ben. You know what though? I don’t mind. I mean, if my muscles ache it’s cause I’ve used ’em. It’s hard for me to walk […]

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