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Delete a Remote Branch from GitHub

Deleting a remote branch from a GitHub account is easy though I have seen numerous ways listed and only one of them worked for me possibly because of syntax errors. Sometimes a temporary branch may be necessary because of adding a contractor to work on a project or possibly just to pause the current projects to get something pushed out quickly.

Use the syntax below to remove a branch from GitHub.com.

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Similar Sites to Alexa That Rank Web Site Traffic

A great tool for web site owners is to be able to rank your web traffic and estimate the reach of your web site to the world. A tool I have used forever is Alexa (alexa.com) which will allow you to compare your site to others sites and see various other statistics about any site type in the search box. I have been searching around for some comparable sites to Alexa so I can have multiple perspectives of the estimated reach of some of my sites.

Below is an example of Alexa comparing the traffic rank of cnn.com and microsoft.com.

Alexa Traffic Rank: cnn.com compared to microsoft.com

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Remove Your Cell Phone Device From Your Twitter Account And Add The Number to a New Twitter Account

Recently I decided to split my Twitter feeds into personal and business so it would be easier to read technical tweets separate and distinct from the personal Twitter feeds I wanted to follow. So I decided to keep the first account for my personal account since my friends will already know how to find me and then open a new account for getting technical provider tweet updates and various other technical blogs Twitter feeds. So this left me with a minor issue which was my cell phone was configured already for my personal Twitter account though I needed to use it for my new account. I will be using the new account to get text messages for immediate notification if one of the providers I use is having some sort of outage.

You are only allowed to have a phone number, in this case my cell phone, configured for one Twitter account. So to accomplish my goal of splitting out the technical tweets from the personal tweets I needed to move my cell phone over to the new account. Follow the below instructions to move your mobile phone number from one Twitter account to another Twitter account.

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Twitter Background Image Deminsions To Fit Left Side

On a lot of Twitter feeds you will see a image to the left of the feed itself which makes it look as if the Twitter page itself has been designed. Basically what people are doing is adding a background image and typically using the tile feature to tile the image across the background. One thing to note is the fact that the image will display differently for various screen resolutions.

If you notice in the below image the background image fits perfectly for the screen resolution the page was viewed in which was 1280×800. The background image uploaded in this example below has a width of 250 pixels and a height of 600 pixels. Again these deminsions will make the image fit perfectly in a browser fully expanded when shown on a monitor/screen with a resolution of 1280×800.