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EPA chief Pruitt resigns. Arrests drop at U.S.-Mexico border in June. Is Silicon Valley getting nervous yet?
   

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who pleased President Donald Trump with his aggressive efforts to roll back environmental regulations, resigned on Thursday under heavy fire for a series of ethics controversies.

   

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border fell 18 percent in June from May, following the implementation of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday.

   

HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - The tech hub is getting squeezed by new policy restrictions amid a looming trade war between the U.S. and China. How is the Valley holding up? Plus: India�s state lenders are losing CEOs. Is running these banks into the ground part of the plan?

Random Stuff
From Rust Belt to Robot Belt Paisley Park, Prince's Lonely Palace Nuclear Power Won't Survive?
   

Artificial intelligence is offering an amazing opportunity to increase prosperity, but whether or not we will seize it is our choice.

   

The Prince museum aims at intimacy with a star who was profoundly distant.

   

Nuclear power plants in the U.S. aren't as profitable as they used to be. Without government support, plants are likely to close

Development
Technology Web Design Content Management Systems Webhost
   

Firefox is back and it's time to give it a try. Mozilla redesigned its browser to take on Google Chrome. Firefox now has strong privacy features and is as fast as Chrome.

   

Web Design and Applications involve the standards for building and Rendering Web pages, including HTML, CSS, SVG, device APIs, and other technologies for Web Applications (WebApps). This section also includes information on how to make pages accessible to people with disabilities (WCAG), to internationalize them, and make them work on mobile devices.

   

Ins and Outs of CMS. In order to attract visitors to your website and keep them there, you need to have attractive content that keeps users engaged. Photos, texts, videos, and graphics all add value for the reader. In addition, all of these things will be positively indexed by search engines.

   

These 10 top web hosting services give everyone from business owners to bloggers the support and tools they need to build an attractive, professional, and reliable web site, at any budget.



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U.S. House candidates vulnerable to hacks: researchers .....

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Three of every 10 candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives have significant security problems with their websites, according to a new study by independent researchers that underscores the threat hackers pose to the November elections.

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Posted by papamike on Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 20:46:15 UTC (3 reads)

In the Land of Missing Persons

They found what was left of him in the spring of 2014. Firefighters battling a huge blaze on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula first spotted a boot in the dirt. Then they noticed some bones scattered across a wide grassy area. Fire crews in Alaska are used to seeing the bones of moose, caribou, bears, and other large creatures that live and die in these woods. So it wasn’t until crew members found a human skull that they stopped to consider that the pieces might go together. The skull was resting on its side, the face angled toward the ground. A few blackened molars clung to the upper jaw. The lower jaw was missing.

 

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Posted by papamike on Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 15:54:10 UTC (14 reads)

 How to Stop Worrying About the Future and Start Living Your Life Now

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Retirement. A word that fills people with both excitement and fear.

On the one hand, we’re excited about the possibilities that retirement brings. The possibility to travel, to try new hobbies, to live our lives the way we want.

On the other hand, we worry about whether we’ll have enough money to survive until that unknown age at which we’ll die. And maybe not just survive but to actually thrive in our later years.

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Posted by papamike on Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 18:28:44 UTC (20 reads)

Hispanic Americans Support Trump Order Detaining Border Crossing Families Together

Almost half of Hispanic Americans say they support a plan now being implemented by President Trump’s executive order that keeps border crossing families in detention together while being prosecuted.

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Posted by papamike on Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 17:41:05 UTC (21 reads)

Your Messenger experience might soon get much more annoying.

Facebook is rolling out autoplaying video ads on Messenger, the company confirmed to Quartz June 19.

The ads, which will automatically start playing as you scroll through your messages, start rolling out Monday to a small group of users, a spokesperson told Quartz. The company recognizes Messenger is a different environment than Facebook’s other products like the News Feed on Facebook’s main app, or Instagram, where ads have become a mainstay and may feel less intrusive. “We will be rolling out video ads gradually and thoughtfully,” Facebook said in a statement provided to Quartz. “People that use Messenger each month are our top priority and they will remain in control of their experience.”

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Posted by papamike on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 18:07:54 UTC (20 reads)

US defense contractors profit from child detention—and you might, too.

General Dynamics is one of the largest defense contractors in the country, a massive conglomerate that builds jets, tanks, bullets and submarines at facilities around the United States. It is also caring for the detained migrant children that the US government has separated from their parents.

Donald Trump’s decision to separate families who are apprehended illegally crossing the US border has lead to a huge influx of children into the government’s custody. His chief of staff, John Kelly, has promised that “the children will be taken care of—put into foster care or whatever.” With thousands of these children now calling for their parents from converted Wal-Marts and warehouses, the administration needs to come up with “whatever” very fast.

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Posted by papamike on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 17:52:51 UTC (29 reads)

America’s system of tipping at restaurants defies all economic logic.

Tipping is terrible. It’s bad for all but the highest-paid servers. The American public seem to be increasingly disillusioned with it, too: According to a 2017 YouGov poll, 44% of Americans are in favor of doing away with tipping altogether and paying waiters higher wages instead, while 36% want the system to stay the same.

Now residents of Washington, DC, have a chance to change the way restaurants work. On Tuesday (June 19) residents vote on Initiative 77, which would eliminate tipping in restaurants and replace it with a $15 minimum wage for servers. Currently, servers in DC get $3.33 an hour, plus tips. If the tips fall short of $12.50 an hour, restaurants make up the difference.

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Posted by papamike on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 17:46:39 UTC (31 reads)

This is What Happens in an Internet Minute [Infographic]

Our online activities move at a pace which is beyond fast - but just how much activity is conducted online? 

This updated infographic from Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan of Cumulus Media illustrates what happens across the web, on average, during every minute of every day.

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Posted by papamike on Saturday, June 02, 2018 @ 19:39:20 UTC (49 reads)

Facebook Tests a New, Simplified Way to Create Instant Articles

As explained by Facebook:

"In order to help publishers convert their articles more easily to Instant Articles, we are beginning to test the Instant Articles Builder. This new tool is an open source desktop app that enables publishers to generate Instant Articles from their existing mobile site without the need to write any code. This will make it easier for publishers without engineering resources or with limited technical expertise to onboard onto Instant Articles."

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Posted by papamike on Saturday, June 02, 2018 @ 19:32:14 UTC (46 reads)

What’s new in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and OpenStack Queens


Watch our latest webinar to see how Ubuntu and OpenStack can power the next generation of workloads.

From Mike (the admin here):

Long before I touched a Windows box I was a Unix/Linux programmer. Anytime someone brings a broken computer to me to be fixed I always jump start it with Ubuntu because if they don't want to pay for Windows (again) then what else is there. I have been an avid Ubuntu user for a lot of years and you can be too. Heck I'm one of the first to upgrade every time a new critter is released. 

It's FREE (I love that word) and all you have to do is drop in over there and download it.

 

Not sure how to get it running? Drop in at Ubuntu and get the low down. Here's what I do, download the desktop version to a USB stick with enough space to do the job (6gb just to be safe).  Then stop in to get RUFUS. Put both your Ubuntu ISO and Rufus on the same USB stick and run Rufus. You can run Windows and Linux on the same computer just keep Ubuntu on the USB stick.

Posted by papamike on Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 20:16:53 UTC (134 reads)

Responsive Web Design - The Viewport

What is The Viewport?

The viewport is the user's visible area of a web page.

The viewport varies with the device, and will be smaller on a mobile phone than on a computer screen.

Before tablets and mobile phones, web pages were designed only for computer screens, and it was common for web pages to have a static design and a fixed size.

Then, when we started surfing the internet using tablets and mobile phones, fixed size web pages were too large to fit the viewport. To fix this, browsers on those devices scaled down the entire web page to fit the screen.

This was not perfect!! But a quick fix ...

Ever seen one of these?

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

What else has W3 got to say about this? .....

 

Posted by papamike on Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 19:45:36 UTC (61 reads)

Is learning SQL holding you back?

SQL is a standard language for storing, manipulating and retrieving data in databases.

Our SQL tutorial will teach you how to use SQL in: MySQL, SQL Server, MS Access, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Postgres, and other database systems.

With the online SQL editor over at w3, you can edit the SQL statements, and click on a button to view the result.

How Cool Can That Be ..... ?

Posted by papamike on Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 19:36:09 UTC (43 reads)

4 Simple Website Builder Software To Help Build Your Website in 2018

When it comes to building websites, understanding what is a good website builder software (or platform) and how to pick one for you will help you move forward in creating your own website.

There is a lot of website builder software in the market nowadays to help you create your own website, even if you don’t have any technical knowledge.

Read More .....www.websitebuilderexpert.com/website-builder-software/

Posted by papamike on Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 19:24:32 UTC (57 reads)

Learn the Basics of the C Programming Language With This Free PDF 

C is one of many programming languages that are useful to learn as a beginner. MagPi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine, put together a book that helpfully walks you through the basics.

Learn More Here .....

Posted by papamike on Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 19:12:38 UTC (53 reads)

Flexbox Tutorial (CSS): Real Layout Examples

Here's a good introduction video to Flexbox. Take a look .....

Posted by papamike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 20:35:48 UTC (57 reads)

So you're running WordPress on your website but are just not happy with the theme. Well maybe AThemes can help. They have an advertised offering of 65+ Free Responsive WordPress Themes for you to choose from. Why not Pay Them a Visit?

         

Posted by papamike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 16:57:01 UTC (57 reads)


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DID YOU KNOW

- 11% of people are left handed

- August has the highest percentage of births

- Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards

More ... Did You Know?

THE GOOD TO KNOWS

HTML and CSS are the fundamental technologies for building Web pages: HTML (html and xhtml) for structure, CSS for style and layout, including WebFonts. Find resources for good Web page design as well as helpful tools.


What is WebFonts? -WebFonts is a technology that enables people to use fonts on demand over the Web without requiring installation in the operating system. W3C has experience in downloadable fonts through HTML, CSS2, and SVG. Until recently, downloadable fonts have not been common on the Web due to the lack of an interoperable font format. The WebFonts effort plans to address that through the creation of an industry-supported, open font format for the Web (called "WOFF").


What is XHTML? -XHTML is a variant of HTML that uses the syntax of XML, the Extensible Markup Language. XHTML has all the same elements (for paragraphs, etc.) as the HTML variant, but the syntax is slightly different. Because XHTML is an XML application, you can use other XML tools with it (such as XSLT, a language for transforming XML content).


What is CSS? -CSS is the language for describing the presentation of Web pages, including colors, layout, and fonts. It allows one to adapt the presentation to different types of devices, such as large screens, small screens, or printers. CSS is independent of HTML and can be used with any XML-based markup language. The separation of HTML from CSS makes it easier to maintain sites, share style sheets across pages, and tailor pages to different environments. This is referred to as the separation of structure (or: content) from presentation.


MOBILE WEB
YOUTUBE CSS

All popular browsers are CSS responsive and to be able to create a website you need to know some form of CSS. Here's a couple of videos that will help you immensely. You can watch them right here - go Fullscreen


HANDY TOOLS

There are tools for a web designer and 'GOOD' tools for a web designer. Here are some 'GOOD' ones.

- Mobirise: is a drag and drop website builder or WYSIWYG. "Create awesome mobile-friendly websites! No coding and free."

Powerful Text Editors:

- Download Notepad++

"Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide em."

Learn CSS

Grid By Example

Guide to Flexbox

W3 Guide to Flexbox

Learn Flexbox at Scrimba

Learn JavaScript

Intro to ES6+ at Scrimba

Learn JS at Learn-JS.org

Learn JS - W3 Schools

50 Resources to Learn JS

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