Seed the clipboard using Flash 10 and Zero Clipboard

Sometimes it is handy to allow a user to copy a large (or even small) amount of text to the clipboard with a single click. For example, an email address, a section of code, or a coupon code.

Back in the day, accomplishing this was easy with just a few lines of JavaScript, but once it started to get abused the major browser vendors disabled it.

Clever individuals soon discovered that you can embed a small Flash movie to get around this, and life was good again. But then once again, it started to get abused and so Adobe removed the feature from Flash 10.

Fortunately, another clever individual has stepped up and provided a new solution: Zero Clipboard! This easy to use (and tiny) JavaScript/Flash library makes it possible to provide your users with a “Copy to clipboard” button.

Unfortunately, it works by exploiting a clickjacking method that is starting to gain popularity, so even this method may break in the near future as browser vendors update their code to patch vulnerabilities.

Anyways, visit the Zero Clipboard page for the code and easy to follow examples.

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SSN Registry

Ryan Allred and I recently launched the SSN Registry.

So what is the SSN Registry? Here is a snippet from the homepage:

As many as 10 million Americans a year are victims of identity theft. This is largely due to the large amount of personal information that is now available on the Internet.

The Social Security Number Registry is dedicated to protecting your identity by assisting you in locating improper uses of your social security number online. Once we locate your information online, we are able to provide help in getting this information taken offline.

So head over and find out if your social security number is online. It is 100% safe and secure, and we never store or share your personal information with anyone.

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New ABA number search site

I’ve launched (or rather, my company has launched) a new site that makes it easy to look up banks, routing numbers, ABA numbers, and other ABA related info.

ABA Number Lookup is super easy to use and can be incredibly useful. Lets say you need your bank’s routing number, but they have a thousand help pages and the routing number is buried deep within them. Go to ABA Number Lookup, punch in the bank name, and voila! Every routing number used by the bank is displayed. An ACH services phone number for the bank if displayed as well in case you need/want to call to verify the number.

I am also working on a free API that will go along with the site. The API will allow you to make a query against my database for a specific ABA/routing number. If the routing number is found, it will return the appropriate bank information. If it isn’t found, then you know the number is invalid. Many places charge as much as $0.50 per query for this data! Insane, right? The data is free so we are going to provide access to the data for free, too.

Have a suggestion or find a problem? Please leave a comment!

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ABA Number Lookup

ABA Number Lookup has been launched!

It uses AJAX (Prototype), PHP, and MySQL to display bank information based on either an ABA number (aka, ACH or routing number) or a bank name.

Right now it is pretty basic but I plan on expanding it to include a free API to look up bank information based on the ABA number.

Check it out at

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