Useful Code Tip – Clearpixel

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Code | 0 comments

Even in today’s CSS3 world, it is often useful to use the old ‘clear pixel‘ trick to create gaps and spaces of finite pixel widths. But often, in the middle of a project, it is difficult to find that old single pixel transparent GIF file and get it into your images directory.

There is an easier way! Use the base 64 encoded version Just keep this string handy…


Use this as the image “src” attribute and you’ll have instant clear pixel of width 1 to use as you like.

A php example:

$clr =”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///////yH5BAEKAAEALAA

<img src=”<?=$clr?>” width=”20″ />

creates a gap of 20 pixels.

NOTE: The string had to wrap to fit this blog post. Please be sure to use both parts!


If you have a tip for me to share, let me know.


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Beat me. Scan me. Send me Bitcoin

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 in Bitcoin, Code | 1 comment

bitcoinqrNothing beats a clever QR code to appeal to loyal followers for some support. Just scan this QR code for my public address if you feel generous. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, tip jar is on the right. :)

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Barclays Bank Announces Support for Bitcoin exchange Bit121

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Bitcoin | 1 comment

Bitcoin-accepted-here-printableIn a startling move, Barclay’s Bank today decided to start accepting sterling deposits for a new UK bitcoin exchange called Bit121. Bit121 just began trading on November 11th.  According to CoinDesk magazine, Bit121 is a little sketchy on details like contact information, but that is par for the course for Bitcoin operations.

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Bitcoin 1 – China 0

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Bitcoin | 1 comment

Production Of Bitcoins By Mike Caldwell of CasasciusToday China announced that its central bank may no longer recognize bitcoin as currency. In the short run, this means that the Chinese, who have been buying up Bitcoin like crazy as of late, would have a more difficult time converting their Bitcoin to spendable currency. But this is actually good for Bitcoin. It was never intended to be a tradable commodity. It was designed to be an electronic currency and making it difficult to convert does two things: 1- It drives the value up and 2 – helps spawn an even larger online-only business community.

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Ah yes, Bitcoin

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Bitcoin | 6 comments

bitcoinsIt’s here. The virtual currency that has teenagers drooling, hackers pixelating and governments shuddering. All across the digisphere, folks are perplexed, confused, excited and opinionated. If you listen, you’ll hear things such as…

“It’s going to boom!”

“Its going to crash!”

“It will never replace ‘real’ currency”

“It has already replaced ‘real’ currency.”

Just pick your favorite rant and run with it for 24 hours or so and you’ll probably be right. But what about the really long haul? What if you just slowly accumulated Bitcoin for the next 3-5 years?

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The Art of Unintentional Collaboration

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Interactive, Social Media | 2 comments

We’ve all heard the old adage, “I once went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” But for this to really happen, we’ve have to create reverse entropy, or in layman’s terms – social media events. Across the world, people are meeting and engaging in social media with absolutely no intentions, other than to meet and greet. But occasionally, a spark is ignited and a relationship breaks out, bringing order to an otherwise chaotic event. The key to successful encounters is to have access to the proper toolset and skills to begin a meaningful collaboration. And that is where many of us fall short.

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From CRM to VRM – Customers are Taking Charge

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 in Interactive, Marketing | 3 comments

The days of intrusive marketing are waning. Customers know what they want. Your goal, especially in digital marketing where the tools are abundant, is to listen to them. The future of successful marketing is in real-time response marketing – listening to and responding to your customers’  requests as they make them. Instead of you managing customers, they will manage you.

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Did Windows 8 kill Microsoft’s relevance in the marketplace?

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Products | 9 comments

Slide-2-F-Microsoft-Wipes-The-SlateReport after report is being released claiming that Windows 8 is a dismal failure. Not operationally. It is by far the leanest, fastest version of Windows since 3.1. But from a usability standpoint, it is next to useless. Here is a test. Take anyone over 45 who has been using Windows since its inception, sit them in front of Windows and say ‘Go’ and see how long it takes them to figure out how to even start.

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Today is the best day to blog

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Social Media | 0 comments

pen_and_paperReally. That’s what all the experts say. The best day to blog is Monday because that’s when more people read them. People are just getting started with their week and are seeking new, important information to supplement their already over-saturated techno-minds with additional drivel spewing from my hand. And who is going to argue with experts?

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