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    No Time to Google?

    Let Me Google That For You is “hailed by many as a life changing experience” or at least according to the site’s BuySellAds page. Actually, it is basically a URL Shortener for Google search queries.

    Let’s see what’s up with Chuck.

    In protest of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) legislation currently before Congress, many websites are “going dark” today (such as Wikipedia, Reddit, and WordPress). The protest is apparently making an impact. As of this writing, the House has delayed bringing SOPA to the floor, the President has promised to veto it, and some members of Congress have reversed their support.

    Though protecting the creative works of artists from piracy is a noble effort, if you take a moment to read the wording of these proposals, it becomes clear they are overreaching (to put it mildly). Brad Plumer of The Washington Post does a nice write up explaining the proposals. You can also watch this video below. If you want to get involved, visit Fight For the Future website.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012

    Bing pays tribute to the man of peace with this interactive image of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial at the National Mall (unveiled exactly 3 months ago today).

    Martin Luther King, Jr. remains one of the most indelible voices in American history not just for the American Civil Rights Movement but for all social injustice throughout the world. His words and his impact are worth remembering regardless of race. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is an organization founded by Coretta Scott King after her husband’s assassination in 1968. The website was relaunched today after a significant overhauled by C&G Partners and Palantir which includes an extensive Digital Archive (nice work all around).

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    Everything connected to the Internet requires an IP address, a dotted quad number that looks something like this: This is the current Internet Protocol (IP) known as IPv4.

    Aside: given the vast number of new devices accessing the Internet, IPv4 is quickly running out of unique addresses and is likely to be replaced by IPv6 but that’s a topic for another post.

    When working with Internet Protocols it is sometimes handy to verify what your IP address is (e.g. proxy detection, connecting to a remote desktop, or troubleshooting with tech support). This is where this month’s Cool Tool comes in.

    What Is My IP Address not only reports back your actual IP address number but all the info associated with it such as city, state, country, and company name. Ever wonder how some websites “know” your location? This is how.

    What’s Behind Them Short URLs?

    Not too long ago I posted this post about URL shorteners and the potential hazards they may hide.

    Today, I stumbled upon this handy reverse URL site entitled plainly Where Does This Link Go.

    Created by open-source programmer Robert Greiner who gives away the source code at github. A handy little tool if you want to verify what that URL really links to before clicking it. With regard to his minimalist style, Robert cites he was inspired by Down For Everyone Or Just Me.