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Have your friends pay you back directly with PayPal.Me

Do you lend friends money, and they never have cash to pay you back? Well PayPal has created a tool that will help your friend pay you back through PayPal; it’s called PayPal.Me

Basically you get a custom URL at PayPal (Mine’s if anyone feels like testing this) , that anyone with a PayPal account can instantly use to transfer money to you. Simple idea, with lots of potential.

Of course, since it’s customized, if you’ve got a brand or popular name, you may want to grab yours quickly.


Post it. Text it. Tag it. Share it. Shout it. And let your friends pay you back in a tap or two. Grab your PayPal.Me link today.

Source: PayPal.Me

Testing a new plugin suite – Shortcake Bakery

Shortcake Bakery uses the Shortcake plugin and extends use of WordPress shortcodes. Makes embedding content in my blog pretty easy.


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The above video link from Facebook via the Shortcake Bakery.

Last week, Daniel Bachhuber and the engineering team at Fusion releasedShortcake Bakery, a plugin that extends the Shortcake project to supply a suite of handy shortcodes for publishers. The plugin currently includes the following:

  • Image Comparison (powered by JuxtaposeJS)
  • Facebook embeds
  • iFrames (require whitelisted hostnames)
  • Infogram embeds
  • PDF’s (powered by PDF.js)
  • Playbuzz embeds
  • Rap Genius annotations
  • Scribd embeds
  • Scripts (require whitelisted hostnames)

Plugin writeup and detail found here.

Testing Duet – an OS X display extender app for iPad

You’ve probably seen the online hype around Duet – an OS X display extender app for iPad. Basically it’s supposed to allow you to extend your current desktop screen to an iPad – just as if you had an extra monitor. Other apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watching movies or animation and moving elements between monitors, you’ll not notice lag.

Duet’s unique feature that allows this is that Duet connects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin connector or Lightning connector.

I’ve previously used similar apps, Air Display and DisplayPad, though both have utilized WiFi to link your display to the computer. Also, both support Windows or OS X. Currently, Duet doesn’t support Windows.

Duet also doesn’t support the original iPad, where the two other apps do – a consideration if you have an older original hanging around, as I do.

Duet has been getting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a retina display to a retina iPad – there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new computer, or have a lower resolution iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.

Regardless, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.


Ello’s a thing, like the other thing, but more.


You’ve probably heard about Ello, a new, Facebook alternative that promises to be ad free, and not sell your data. Sounds interesting, so I’m trying it out.

Given my recent observations on Facebook – mostly that the stuff I share there isn’t really seen by my friends who follow me there, I thought I’d give Ello a try.

Of course, it helps if my friends are following me on Ello too!

So if you’re interested in Ello, let me know by using my contact form here. Include your email and I’ll send you an invite.

Read more about Ello here. And read the Ello manifesto here!

Hopefully I’ll see you on Ello soon!


And not the way you think. My blog (and others of my account associated with my attacked domain) was offline for a bit. It seems that someone thinks it’s a good idea to hammer my webhost’s servers trying to find vulnerabilities in their security.

They selected my domain again today. Problem is fixed, but it’s a pain until I can catch the problem and fix it.

Testing a newsletter. Want to help?

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 6.57.57 AMHey all, I’m testing out some newsletter software for Tess’s Steeped Tea consultancy and I’ve a favour to ask; I want to test it tonight but need warm bodies to receive it and offer feedback 🙂 If you want to help, sign up here ( Feel free to unsubscribe after the test, or if you can’t (software fubar etc) then just let me know and I’ll remove you.

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

And thanks for letting me ping you about this!

— Brad

On Flipboard

EDIT: 2 days later and my readership has almost doubled!

So. I’ve got 28,000 51,000 readers of my online gaming magazine – a Flipboard titled On Gaming.

Holy Cow!!!! When I started my Flipboard I had never realized it would become this successful. I’m totally humbled and blown away.

What’s a FlipBoard?

If you follow me on Facebook (and if not, why not? 😀 )  you likely have seen that I’ve been posting or crossposting more articles to FlipBoard, a gorgeously laid out magazine format curation system for content.


Flipboard is, quite simply, an online magazine that lets you take content you find online and group it into one online ‘magazine’. Similar to what Pinterest lets you do with various image content. Flipboard originally launched on the iPhone and iPad, now is available for Android devices and Computers too. A very nifty platform. To quote the creators:

Millions of people use Flipboard to read and collect the news they care about, curating their favorite stories into their own magazines on any topic imaginable. Now magazines created by our readers, from Nepal to Sauce and spread, can be shared and enjoyed on the Web by anyone, anywhere.


And why is it something you’d want to do?
Well, in my case, I love finding neat stuff and sharing it with others. And, having a successful Flipboard allows me to extend the reach of articles *I* write by simply including them in the appropriate Flipboard.

As well, having a popular Flipboard also enhances my ability to profile content I think is important.

So, if you’re so inclined, feel free to check out On Gaming, or any of the other magazines I curate, and let me know what you think! If you’ve got something you’d like me to share with my readers, just contact me. And if you start your own Flipboard magazine, then let me know too! I’d love to have a look!