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WhatDevice is out of beta!

Slightly over a year ago, I started working on a web app called WhatDevice. I’ve been developing it on and off since then, and at long last, it’s out of beta! The app has changed quite a bit since I first announced it, so let me explain what it is. There are plenty of instances where you may need to quickly find out information about your (or someone else’s) computer. But locating the information you need can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to diagnose an operating system you don’t normally use. If you usually work on a Mac, you might not know how to lookup the display resolution on Windows.

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How I built my website

For the past two years, I’ve hosted my personal site (first corbin.cc, then later corbin.io) on Blogger. At the time, I was using my site as a blog I rarely posted to, so it didn’t seem like a good idea to pay for a host that supported WordPress. Even though Google rarely touches it these days, Blogger is still a decent platform, especially since it supports custom HTML/CSS/JS.

Last month, I wanted to try replacing it with a static site. My main goal was to highlight my social media accounts more promiently. I also wanted it to load quickly and not use any JS/CSS frameworks, like Bootstrap or Bulma. There’s nothing wrong with those projects, I just wanted to try writing my own solution from scratch.

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Introducing WhatDevice

There are plenty of instances where you may need to quickly find out information about your computer. But trying to find the information you need can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to diagnose an operating system you don’t normally use. If you usually work on a Mac, you might not know how to lookup the GPU on Windows without doing some googling first.

That’s where WhatDevice comes in. It’s a web app, currently in beta, that aims to display everything about your device on one page.

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NoPlugin 3.1 is now available!

If you’re not familiar with it, NoPlugin (previously named QuickChrome) is a browser extension that allows you to play some plugin content on sites, without the need for plugins. If the content cannot be played in-browser, NoPlugin can download the file to your computer for playback with VLC Media Player (or another video/audio player).

Now I’m excited to release NoPlugin 3.1! This will be going live for Chrome users over the next day or so, and is waiting on approval for people using Opera.

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