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For adding Javascript to a Wordpress site:



(open source) "CJT code blocks can be assigned to pages, posts, custom posts, categories, URLs, expressions, and practically anywhere you want on your website. Code block shortcodes can also provide you with further placement accuracy."
 
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"Browse over 500 million images, available for reuse "
 

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Free (and open source) web app for data queries and charting:


If your data is in a CSV, JSON, or XLSX file, loading it is as simple as dropping the file into Franchise.

We run a version of the SQLite engine in your browser, so all processing happens locally.

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Trying to connect to PostgreSQL, MySQL, or BigQuery?

Run a single command in your terminal to set up a database bridge that allows Franchise to connect to your databases directly through your computer.

Your data never hits our servers.
Sometimes data really shines when you let it show its colors.

We’ve built a number of visualizations right in— Scatter Plots, Bar Charts, Line Charts for time series data, Maps, and more.

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Have a new idea for a query to run, but don’t want to mess with code that already works?

Franchise’s unique notebook layout system lets you quickly fork a query and try a variation side-by-side against the original.

(source code at Github)
 
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The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the non-profit that owns Wikipedia and other volunteer-written websites, is about to reach its 10-year goal of creating a $100 million endowment five years earlier than it planned. Its total funds, which have risen by about $200 million over the past five years, now stand at around $300 million. Its revenue has risen every year. In just the first nine months of its current financial year, it has raked in $142 million in donations according to an internal document—and already obliterated its previous annual record...

Just after its embarrassment of riches last summer, the WMF started its first ever fundraising campaign in India, suggesting readers donate 150 Rupees ($2) each. Banners saying “Wikipedia really needs you,” “We need you to make a donation to protect Wikipedia’s independence,” “Help us keep Wikipedia online and growing,” caused fears in India that Wikipedia was dying or might put up a paywall.

Wikipedians have long been dismayed by these fundraising banners. Wikipedia is supposed to be “The Free Encyclopedia,” not the one that makes its readers feel guilty. Wikipedia has never been at risk of going offline, needing advertisements, or losing its independence. Every year the WMF has taken more money than the year before, and expanded its staff...
 

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Where to keep up with your neighborhood​

This category is a great example of when the alternatives can have their own thorny ethical issues. Neighborhood groups can be rife with racial profiling, complaining, public shaming and surveillance. The spread of individual security cameras has even spawned its own social network, the Neighbors by Ring app, which is owned by Amazon. There’s Nextdoor, which relies on community moderators and has struggled with complaints about racism. On the darkest end of the spectrum is Citizen, which is a local crime app for viewing your neighborhood through the lens of the bad things that happen. Perhaps the safest place to re-create your neighborhood group is in person.
 

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"Available for Android and iPhone, The BackSeat app doesn’t require connections to hardware or Bluetooth technology, but can detect vehicle speeds and send reminders to users to check the backseat after the car is parked. It also offers a backup plan when users don’t respond to phone alerts by sending email and text messages to three designated contacts letting them know that a child might have been left in a hot car. The vehicle’s location and description will also be shared."


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No parent thinks, "This can happen to me." But as too many have learned, the hard way, it can. It may be a change in routine or a sleep-deprived and overloaded memory. Even the most conscientious and loving parent can forget a child out of sight in the back of the car, with a potentially fatal outcome. The Kars 4 Kids Safety app is designed to alert drivers when they leave their cars to remember there is a baby in the backseat. So you can drive with peace of mind knowing we’ve got your back.
 
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For code and data junkies:

Visual Studio 2022 released today:


SQL Server 2022 is now in private preview:

 
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This article describes how to import JSON files into SQL Server. Currently there are lots of JSON documents stored in files. Applications log information in JSON files, sensors generate information that's stored in JSON files, and so forth. It's important to be able to read the JSON data stored in files, load the data into SQL Server, and analyze it.
 

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In our testing, we found that both AMD's Ryzen 5 5600G [same as in the NZXT Foundation PC] and Ryzen 7 5700G could hold their own above or near 60fps in the two AAA titles we tested, while the latter nearly topped 100fps in Rainbow Six: Siege at the game's Medium preset. Crank that down to Low, and 120fps or higher is feasible.
 
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Blink’s core technology revolves around a proprietary chip that can keep a camera running on two lithium AA batteries for up to two years — something no other security camera has managed to replicate. Yes, competitors’ cameras — including Ring’s — have better video quality, but that doesn’t do you any good if you don’t remember to take it down and charge it every four to six weeks.
 

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