I’m going to share this with you, and then with my husband, because phone spam drives him bonkers: How to Block Numbers that Haven’t Called or Texted You First.
This is pretty cool: apparently the Chicago Tribune is upgrading its archives, and while it’s doing that access is free. There doesn’t appear to be any end time for the free access, so I’d check it out now if I were you.
TIME with a roundup of apps that can help you unsend e-mail. These go way beyond GMail’s unsend but bear this in mind: you can never really be sure you’ve deleted an e-mail after someone’s read it. They can always take a screen shot, no matter how you’ve encrypted or turned the text into an image.
From the ever-terrific Amit (also known as @labnol on Twitter), How to see your Google Contacts on a Google Map. “he all-new Map My Contacts app will help you quickly visualize the location of your Google contacts on a world map. It reads the postal addresses of people from your Google Contacts and puts them all in a Google Map using a simple Google script.”
Good stuff from How-To Geek: How to Create Geographic Event Triggers with Your Smartphone and IFTTT. I need to create one to remind me when I go to Sheetz: “Those Wisconsin cheddar bites will do you no good.”
This sounds awesome! A Chrome extension lets you mute mentions of the 2016 US elections. “The aptly-named ‘I haven’t got time for the ‘Paign’ is basic, but effective: it automatically scrubs popular news sites like the New York Times, Slate and The Atlantic of campaign news and tells you how many articles were hidden.”
Useful-for-a-given-value-of-useful: Google made a tool that trippified photos, then it open sourced that tool. Now thanks to Zain Shah you can try to “Deep Dream” tool for yourself. Note this article warns that the site is very, very slow in responding. I had the same experience; I suspect it’s getting a lot of traffic.
From Ubergizmo: How to download your Facebook photos. “Fortunately, Facebook makes it quite easy to download photos. You can easily download a single photo or all of your photos right from your Facebook profile. However, there is always some space for improvement and with the help of Third-party tools you can gain some great control over what you can download. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how you can download a single photo, an Album or all of your Facebook photos.”
Microsoft has open-sourced WorldWide Telescope. “WorldWide Telescope began in 2007 as a Microsoft Research project, with early partners including astronomers and educators from Caltech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and several NASA facilities. Over the past eight years, millions of people have downloaded and used WorldWide Telescope, coming to rely on its unified astronomical image and data environment for exploratory research, teaching and public outreach.”
From the always-awesome Mary Ellen Bates, a couple of super searcher tricks. One of the tricks she mentions is restricting search to .gov sites only. If you want to search just government sites but want to search a slightly larger data pool than just .gov, check out this Google custom search engine I put together that restricts results to government Web sites (but it uses .gov and .us, so it’s got more resources to search. You can also narrow your results by city or county if the mood takes you.)