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IE8 Developer Tools won’t open

This may sound stupid, but I ran into this issue that upon pressing F12 or choosing Tools > Developer Tools, the IE Developer Tools window does not show up. It is, however, showing up in the task bar. The issue is that when you have Developer Tools detached from the browser window, and you don’t close it before exiting the browser, the next time you open IE8 and try to run Developer Tools, the Developer Tools window will be an ‘invisible state’ (simply put…). The solution is to right-click on the tab/ icon in your Windows task bar and choose Maximize. If [ ... ]

YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener

There’s a long history of URL shortening services. I still remember the days when we had to host our websites on Geocities or Xoom. We all hated the long URLs, and so there came the redirect services by come.to, i.am, etc. After all, you wouldn’t argue that http://i.am/davidt looks a lot more elegant than http://www.geocities.com/neighborA/432499. The need for shortened URLs was largely due to the fact that badly generated URLs could not satisfy the sense of arrogance of being a webmaster. As domain registration fee became cheaper and cheaper, a lot of people rather pay ten bucks a year to own [ ... ]