Link Unshortener

Link Unshortener is a tool to get information about a link before visiting it. As a safety practice, you should always check links that you are not familiar with before you visit them. Link Unshortener shows you the final destination and any security concerns when you expand a shortened link. You never know where a short URL is going to take you. Browsing with Link Unshorten will check the site for malicious content and alert you before you visit a suspicious site. Read More

Subdomain or Subfolder for Blog?

When deciding if a blog for T.LY link shortener, should be on a separate domain, I reached out to IndieHackers to get their opinion. I originally was going to use my tdotly.com domain for the blog and marketing site but decided to just use blog.t.ly and /blog redirects on T.LY from all the feedback. This is primarily for SEO reasons to consolidate authority to a single domain. Google claims that sub-domains are not worst/better compared to a subfolder if this is easier for your server setup. Just make sure you add both sites to Google Search Console. Read More

OhSnap Grip Review

In the search for the perfect iPhone case accessories, I came across the OhSnap grip. They offer a variety of accessories for their magnetic grip such as a car charger and stand. They also come in a variety of colors. OhSnap was kind enough to send me their grip and accessories to try out. Here are my thoughts.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Strong magnets
  • Wireless charging works
  • The stand works great

Cons

  • I wish the grip came built into a case so that is was flush with the back of the phone

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iRobot Roomba i3+ Review

After lots of research and waiting for Black Friday deals, I decided to get the iRobot Roomba i3+ robot vacuum. After using an older Deebot for several years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Roomba created the original robot vacuum back in 2002 and has been the leader in robot vacuums ever since. They were the first to come out with a self-emptying robot vacuum and they have several patents that keep them ahead of the competition. The + in their line up means they come with a self empty base station. They sell the i3, i7, and i9 without it, but if you are going to spend this much on a robot vacuum, I highly recommend getting the self empty station. Read More