Ever wonder how to validate a credit card or how sites are able to detect if that card entered in is valid without actually connecting to a server. However complex it may seem on the surface, underneath it is quite simple as you can see it fully explained by this page here that breaks down the steps in validating a credit card number. They have stepped though a single example however you can enter in your own test card number to see how it validates. I tried a few just random numbers to see if they would validate. After a few tries I was not only able to get cards to validate, but also I can now switch between different card types, such as VISA, Mastercard and AMEX. Many things that I did not realize have been brought to light such as the first digit on a credit card actually determines the industry the card services.
Have you ever been on a message board or chat room sat there randomly typing keys on the keyboard to try to come up with a fake name, address, or phone number? If you are anything like me the creative juices stop flowing 3 minutes into the exercise and settled on some simple like j_smith from 123 West Lane. Which in someways makes sense since we all have a limited pool of names that we can pull from. If we could only come up with something more unique and less prone to others discovering that the profile is 100% fake.
Well, the site names.igopaygo.com just released the other day a profile generator that comes up with all the vital stats for a user. You are able to select by gender, country, and even the type of credit card you want your new online alias to have. All the information generated is geographically accurate, including the zip code and phone number. Credit cards pass the simple validations. Even the blood type is randomly accurate to percentage of people that have that type of blood. Here is an example of the information generated from the tool.
Team Name Generators
Having difficulty in coming up with the next greatest team name that will launch your team to stardom even before they hit the court. A new site for creating very unique names has cropped up in the last month or so that can help you get to the place you need to be in naming your team when all else fails. Inspiration for a team name can come from anywhere, but a giant list of 40 or 50 names at a time can sure help when the creative juices stop flowing. Have a look at the Random Team Name Generator. It may not have the perfect name, but it sure will lead you to something close.
Fantastic new site that will speed up the testing time that plagues most developers and testers alike. Creating meaningful user data that can be plugged into your tables and not just a bunch of meaningless random characters. User Info Gen have created a sub-domains site here that will create lists of users, with not just meaningful names, but full addresses with realistic cities, states, provinces, postal codes, phone numbers, and zip codes. On top of that there are two additional sections that help with adding the data to a table, with full SQL commands and the ability to add up to 50 listings at a time.