JavaScript Charts & Maps

Go ahead, and open these few demos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. Try scrolling, hovering, dragging, selecting – they just feel right. That’s how amCharts 4 was designed – to feel right out-of-the-box.

Source: JavaScript Charts & Maps – amCharts

Need charts for baseball-handbook.com and evaluated this, google charts, and d3.js. Google charts does not work, d3.js is extremely complicated, and still looking into this.

Update: Decided to go with d3.js because it has a command that can grab csv or json data streamed from another script. Google and amCharts seem to be for more static one off charts whereas baseball-handbook needs a chart for over 15K baseball players generated from a DB. It can be done using Google and amCharts but it’s messy.

Meanwhile it took me 4 hours to figure out how to get a label correctly rotated 90 degrees on a right side axis in a dual Y line chart using d3.js. amCharts is very nice and still may use them for one offs in the future.

4 Best Chart Generation Options with PHP Components

Although it is JavaScript based, Google Charts has a couple of options to make your charts entirely in PHP. You can either use server-side code (in our case PHP) to get the data, or get one of the open-source wrappers to do it for you.

Source: 4 Best Chart Generation Options with PHP Components – SitePoint

Need to generate charts for the baseball-handbook.com website and looking into php options.  Google seems like the simplest solution right now.  The above site breaks down each option nicely.

Here’s more info about Google Charts.

9 Best Twitter Clients for Linux That You Will Love to Use

Therefore, in this post, we shall present you some of the best Twitter desktop applications that you can install in Linux, however, the list is not in any particular order but has a selection of applications that offer exciting features and functions for effective and reliable blogging service management.

Source: 9 Best Twitter Clients for Linux That You Will Love to Use

Need an SSH client on Windows? Don’t use Putty or CygWin…use Git

Ok, maybe not…but its very likely that if you are reading this and find yourself needing to SSH here and there, you also use GIT. Well many are unaware that git for windows bundles several Linux familiar tools. Many might use these in the git bash shell.

Source: Need an SSH client on Windows? Don’t use Putty or CygWin…use Git — Hurry Up and Wait!

Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows

Anti-Beacon is small, simple to use, and is provided free of charge. It was created to address the privacy concerns of users of Windows 10 who do not wish to have information about their PC usage sent to Microsoft. Simply clicking “Immunize” on the main screen of Anti-Beacon will immediately disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system.

Source: Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows

The History of SQL Injection, the Hack That Will Never Go Away

“When you go to a webpage, and you make a request, that parses part of the data in the request back to a server,” Hunt said. “For example, you read a news article, and the news article, in the address bar it has, “id=1”, and that gives you news article number 1, and then you get another one with ID 2.”

But, “with a SQLi attack, an attacker changes that ID in the address bar to something that forces the database to do something it’s not meant to do,” Hunt said, such as returning a piece of private data.

Source: The History of SQL Injection, the Hack That Will Never Go Away | Motherboard

Another commonly used piece of software is sqlmap. “It crawls the pages on the website, similar to how a search engine crawler might, looks for input forms on the website, and submits the forms with inputs that might cause a MySQL syntax error,” Al-Bassam added.

Why I Hate Frameworks

“Well, the problem with hammers is that there are so many different kinds. Sledge hammers, claw hammers, ball-peen hammers. What if you bought one kind of hammer and then realized that you needed a different kind of hammer later? You’d have to buy a separate hammer for your next task. As it turns out, most people really want a single hammer that can handle all of the different kinds of hammering tasks you might encounter in your life.”

Source: The Joel on Software Discussion Group (CLOSED) – Why I Hate Frameworks

Point-and-shoot weapon stops drones without destroying them

The tool is a point-and-shoot system, and has a range of some 400 meters. It gains control of the drone, immobilizing it so no remote action can occur. It does so by either disrupting remote control or GPS navigation.

The drone then either lands in the vicinity or flies back to its starting point, and effectively suffers no damage.

Source: Point-and-shoot weapon stops drones without destroying them