You can add a map to your website without using google maps!

So, you want to add a map to your website but you don’t want to (or can’t) use Google Maps?  Luckily, you have a few options.  The one that we are looking at today is Mapbox (which uses OpenStreetMap data).  Mapbox has the benefit of a generous free tier (unlike Google Maps), and it’s pretty …

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Did you know that you can use Google Sheets as a JSON API?

You don’t necessarily need to write server-side code for everything.  Sometime there is a much easier solution.  Did you know that you can use Google Sheets as an API endpoint?  Let’s take a look at a quick example. For a few years now, I have been archiving my tweets as Google Sheets documents.  There is …

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Why I don’t recommend buying a new cell phone

In September 2018, I bought a 128gb Pixel 2 off of eBay for $439.  In November 2018, I bought a 128gb Pixel 3 off of Google’s Play Store for $949.34.  That’s a difference of $510.34 and the Pixel 3 is just not $510.34 more phone than the Pixel 2.  I bought it during a 1-day …

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