Horizontal Line in HTML

So this is pretty simply, but I feel pretty useful.

To make a horizontal line, use the


tag.  With no styling, it will give a result like this:

You can style it just like any other element, using CSS.

 <hr  style="height:3px;background-color: black;width:90%;" class="line1">


Some credit here, although some of the stuff in that post is deprecated. I believe in HTML5, the best practices are to just use standard CSS to style lines.

How to link to a Google+ post

So this seems so basic, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it from the browser.  If anyone knows how to do it in the browser, please share!  So here is what I did.

In the Google+ app (Android and iOS shown below)  if you click on the ‘card’ for a post, it will open the post and its comments.  Then hit the ‘three dots’ menu button (or the hardware menu key), and you’ll see an entry for ‘Link’.  Clicking that will copy a link to the post to the clipboard.  I emailed it to myself to get the link on my computer.

Google – there has got to be a way to link to a post from the browser? Anyone?


Quick search other sites in Chrome omnibar

Nifty little trick.  If you want to search for something on Amazon, YouTube, or any other major site, here is a shortcut.

Start typing the name of the site you want to search in the Chrome omnibar:

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As the instructions say, press tab and you get this prompt:

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Now simply type your query and you’ve saved a few steps!

Oftentimes I would google ‘amazon’, then click on the first link to go to amazon.com, then do my search on amazon. This is way faster!

Free From iTunes – RSS feed podcasts

I’m a big fan of the Freakonomics podcasts, and the books/blog as well.  I can barely wait a whole week in between episodes, and I’m always checking my TuneIn Radio app to see if there is an updated episode.  Which, by the way, I wish TuneIn would let you subscribe for notifications when new episodes of my podcasts are posted.  And why can’t I ‘favorite’ the Freakonomics podcast?

Side note, I just read that the TuneIn Radio app and others like Pandora can sync with your car using MyFordSync.  Unfortunately my wife’s 2012 Ford Focus isn’t yet supported, even though the 2013 model is.

Anyway, I wanted to listen to another one of my favorite podcasts on my phone, the Breakaway podcast. But since I have an Android phone, I of course don’t have iTunes on my phone.  And I wouldn’t want to anyway, as iTunes is far and Apple the most terrible product Apple has ever created (but we’ll leave that for another post).  So I was trying to figure out how to listen to podcasts on my phone, and more critically, how to get the RSS link for the Breakaway podcast on iTunes.  I use Podcast Addict. But to get the RSS url, that was a neat little trick.

Adam Schlitt made a sweet free website that converts the iTunes link into an RSS feed link for you.  Then the RSS link can be used to subscribe to the podcast in whatever non-iTunes software of your choice.

Hope it was useful to you, and happy podcasting!Image