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International Electrotechnical Commission : World Plugs

International Electrotechnical Commission has a very handy (especially before travelling to a foreign country) list of different plugs (a total of 14 at the time of this writing), mapped to countries of the world.  So if you don’t have one of these:

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make sure you check the list before you fly out.  And while on the topic of this great variety, IEC also explains why there are so many and if this annoyance will ever be sold:

The IEC issued its International Standard for a universal plug in the 1970s; so far it has been adopted by Brazil and South Africa. It is unlikely that there will be a run on the standard in the near future. Literally hundreds of millions of plugs and sockets have been installed and who would convince a country to invest now in changing its whole infrastructure?

Most likely the future will lie with solutions such as the USB plug or possibly a multi-plug that can accommodate many different plugs, or even new technologies such as LVDC (low voltage direct current) or wireless charging mechanisms.

Goodbye Easy Forex, hello Qobo

I’ve spent the last two and a half years working for Easy Forex.  I went from a consultant through senior web developer, team leader to the director of web development.  I’ve worked on a variety of projects and managed several teams.  I’ve had great fun and I’ve learned a lot.  (Thank you all!  You guys are awesome!)

But the time has come to make a change.  Today is my last day at Easy Forex.  Tomorrow is the first day of my new adventure – Qobo, where I will assume the position of the Chief Technical Officer.  Qobo is a Nicosia-based company that develops mostly web-based software for the enterprise needs.

I worked in this industry before, and I think now is a good time for me to return.

ftfy – fixes text for you

ftfy makes Unicode text less broken and more consistent. It works in Python 2.7, Python 3.2, or later.

The most interesting kind of brokenness that this resolves is when someone has encoded Unicode with one standard and decoded it with a different one. This often shows up as characters that turn into nonsense sequences

HTTPS availability affects website’s Google ranking

Google has been pushing for wider HTTPS adoption for a while now – converting its own services, working on the SPDY/HTTP 2.0 protocols, etc.  Now, it seems, they want other people to start adopting HTTPS too.  And what’s better way than add it as a signal to Google Search rankings?

[...] over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. For now it’s only a very lightweight signal—affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content—while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.

Nice!  Especially for those selling SSL certificates…