A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films


A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films

We love watching how factories make things. Archive film company British Pathé compiled this reel of vintage factory footage dating back to the 1950s. Along the way, you’ll see how they made jukeboxes, candies, model aircrafts, and more. It would be interesting to compare modern manufacturing processes to these to see how much they have changed.

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★ A growing list of profitable businesses built on Laravel


In a post I made earlier this year, I mentioned a couple of businesses that are well known for using Laravel. Some reactions to that post have centered around the limited set of examples, but that wasn’t the point of the post.

Laravel continues to grow, so new apps and businesses using it are popping up all the time. But finding truly profitable businesses that are built on Laravel—not just ones that use Laravel somewhere in the mix with a ton of other tools, but ones where Laravel is the breadwinner, with teams that are keen to continue with Laravel.

I think this is whole other level of example.

So back in March, I tweeted asking who was running a profitable business on Laravel and I got a really awesome response.

I intend to keep this list up to date as time goes by, so if you know of any others, please let me know! And if you’re on here already and want to get more of your products listed, just say – my DMs are always open on Twitter.

Heads up! Some of these links are tracked for affiliate earnings, meaning I may earn something when you buy.

Here goes, in no particular order:

More to come!

And of course, this isn’t even counting the thousands of indie developers and small businesses (like me 👋🏼) who are building and running Laravel applications that are profitable—even if they’re not quite enough to employ anyone full-time yet.

Are you running a profitable business on Laravel? Please consider using Laradir to find great Laravel engineers and to promote your business in the community! Prices for access to the directory just went down and there are great things coming.

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The 6 Best Free Ringtone Apps and Websites for iPhone


Tired of hearing the monotonous Marimba ringtone every time you get a phone call? Fortunately, there are several apps and websites where you can find a variety of new ringtones for your iPhone without needing to purchase them.

1 Ringtones for iPhone: Music

If you’re looking for an app that only features free ringtones, the Ringtones for iPhone: Music app, developed by Jerome Melis, is your best bet! While the app being completely free to use is certainly impressive, it features more than eight hundred popular ringtones and has an incredibly easy-to-use interface.

Upon launching the app, you’ll see ringtones classified as Most Popular. When you dig deeper, you’ll find ringtones divided into various categories like Funny Ringtones, Summer Selection, Christmas, Old phone ringtones, and much more. Unfortunately, to access these ringtones, you need to watch an ad or rate the app on the App Store, but it’s certainly better than paying money!

Once you find a ringtone you like, the app allows you to install it using GarageBand or iTunes (for which you’ll need a computer). If you find a ringtone that you like that you’d like to save to view later, simply tap the Heart icon next to it to save it to your favorites.

Download:Ringtones for iPhone: Music (Free)

2 Tuunes

With over ten thousand licensed ringtones to choose from, the Tuunes app, developed by WhitePoint GmbH, is a worthwhile option. The app sorts available ringtones into various categories, like Latest Chart Remixes, Around The World, and TikTok Classics.

You can also view ringtones and alarms sorted into genres by tapping the Genre button below the search bar. You’ll now see different genres, like Alternative, Blues, Children’s Music, Comedy, and more. Similarly, if you’d like to view free ringtones, tap the Free button below the search bar.

Tuunes allows you to create ringtones without needing iTunes or your computer. Once you download a ringtone, all you need to do now is follow the on-screen instructions to set it as your iPhone’s ringtone using GarageBand. If you’d like to recognize who’s calling simply by hearing the ringtone, the app also lets you assign unique ringtones to each of your contacts.

While Tuunes has a decent collection of ringtones that you may download for free, you’ll unfortunately need to collect coins to purchase the more popular ones. When you download the app initially, you’re granted 75 coins. You can win 15 coins daily by watching an ad and win 30 coins by playing a quiz. If you’d like more, you’ll unfortunately need to pay.

Download:Tuunes (Free, subscription available)

3 Ringtones

While Tuunes has an easy-to-use interface, the amount of free ringtones available is unfortunately limited. The Ringtones app is a great alternative if you’re looking for a wider selection of ringtones for free. Ringtones are categorized into various sections, like Christmas, ASMR, Alerts, Animals, Asian, and more.

The Ringtones app also shows the most popular ringtones in a separate section called Hottest Ringtones. The app also allows you to make and set a custom ringtone on your iPhone for free. You can do so by tapping the Editor tab at the bottom of the screen.

If you want to set an audio recording as your ringtone, simply tap Recorder. Otherwise, you can use the Ringtone Maker to import an audio file from iCloud, your device’s gallery, or the app’s list of ringtones. Once you import audio, you can tweak its pitch and tempo, use the app’s built-in equalizer to edit the audio, trim it, and more.

Once you’re satisfied, you can simply export it to GarageBand and set it as your ringtone. Like Ringtone Maker, you can also assign separate ringtones to individual contacts.

Download:Ringtones (Free, subscription available)

4 Zedge.net

You’ve probably heard of Zedge if you’ve searched the web for good ringtones. From Bollywood to Hip-Hop ringtones, finding a ringtone that you vibe with using the Zedge app is no difficult task.

While the app has a wide collection of free ringtones available for download, you may need to watch an ad to unlock some of them. Similarly, you may need to purchase Zedge Credits to download exclusive ringtones.

You can use the app to set any sound you like as your notification tone or a ringtone. Once you find a tone you like, you just need to tap the Download icon and choose Set on Device. You can then use GarageBand to set the tone as your ringtone.

If you don’t want to use the app, you can use Zedge’s web app in any browser. Similar to the app, you can download any tone you like by simply hitting the Download button. However, you’ll need to transfer the ringtone to your iPhone if you’re accessing the site on a computer.

Download:Zedge (Free, subscription available)

5 Melofania.club

MeloFania is another website with a great selection of trending songs you can use as ringtones for your iPhone. However, what makes the website stand out is that it lets you extract audio from YouTube besides uploading a song of your choice.

Unlike the sites and apps listed above, the ringtones on MeloFania aren’t sorted by categories. So, you’ll have to rely on the search bar and dig around to find a ringtone you like. If you want to download a ringtone from a certain artist, there’s also an option to browse artists by alphabet.

If you decide to create your own ringtone by uploading a tune or extracting one from a YouTube video, the platform allows you to clip the desired part, adjust the volume, and add fade-in or fade-out effects. Once you’re satisfied, you can download the ringtone as an M4R file.

6 Audiko.com

While Zedge and Melofania both have a great collection of ringtones, I noticed that neither website is updated as frequently as I’d like. As a result, I couldn’t find trending songs to set as my ringtone. If you’re someone who likes to have viral songs as your ringtone, Audiko will undeniably be your best friend. Like most other sites, Audiko categorizes its tunes into sections like Country, Pop, K Pop, Jazz, and more.

If you want a song by a particular artist, type the artist’s name in the search bar. To find trending songs, click the three horizontal lines and select Collections from the dropdown menu. Here, you’ll not only find trending songs but also various alterations of them to set as your ringtone. For instance, you may find the TikTok version of the original song, the sped-up version, etc.

While Audiko has an app on the Google Play Store, iPhone users need to rely on the website in Safari or any other popular iOS browser they prefer. Once you find your desired ringtone, you can download it to your computer as a M4R file and export it to your iPhone.

Whether you’re looking for a fun tune to set as a ringtone to make sure you never miss a call or are looking for more subtle ringtone options than what Apple offers, I’m sure you’ll be able to find your next ringtone easily using the apps and sites above!


Best NAS for Plex in 2024


One of the best ways to store your growing movie collection is with a NAS, especially when you pair it with Plex to act as a front for your favorite films. It’s a much more dedicated solution than, say, repurposing an old computer, since you tend to be limited in the number of HDDs and SSDs you can install. It’s a relatively straightforward option, and you’ll have no problem finding the best NAS for Plex, no matter the budget.

front and back view of the qnap ts-264 NAS

Its completeness as a dedicated NAS Plex server makes the QNAP TS-264 such a gem. Running the show is the Intel Celeron N5105/N5095 and 8GB of RAM. That CPU is particularly special because it handles 4K transcoding beautifully.

The QNAP TS-264 has a respectable amount of storage, with two bays. That doesn’t sound like much, but consider this: both bays can handle 22TB 3.5 HDDs in RAID 1. If you’re desperate for more storage, you can pick a model from the same lineup with up to six bays.

Once you get comfortable with the QNAP TS-264, you can tinker and expand. You can add another 8GB of RAM for a total of 16 GB, boosting access performance with its dual M.2. slots. You can also use the PCIe expansion slot to accept QM2 and network cards.


Best Overall

The QNAP TS-264 may be small, but it truly is a force to reckon with. As a NAS for Plex, it’s everything you could ever ask for. Excellent 4K transcoding, 8GB of RAM, SSD slots for cache acceleration, and you can expand its performance via its PCIe expansion slot.


  • Dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots for cache acceleration
  • 2 expansion bays, but also available with 3, 4, and 6 bays
  • Dual 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Small and compact

  • Interface isn?t the most intuitive

synology ds223j nas on desk, next to keyboard and monitor

The Synology DS223j gets our seal of approval for being one of the easiest ways to set up a Plex server. It’s as close as you can get to plug-and-play and, as a bonus, works with Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS.

Another great feature of the Synology DS223j is its expansion bays. You get two, each of which can accept 2.5-inch SSDs and 3.5-inch HDDs. A single bay can accept an HDD as big as 20TB, so you can have up to 40TB of storage. That’s plenty for a healthy library of 4K movies or an even larger library of movies at 1080p.

As a side note, you can save a little more by getting Synology DS120j. However, this does come at the cost of one less bay and reduced performance.

Synology DS223j

Best Budget

Quiet and compact, the Synology DS223j is the perfect entry-level NAS for running a Plex server for yourself and a few people. It’s easy to set up, will hardly make a peep, and is compatible with major operating systems.


  • Good for at least three people at a time
  • Quiet operation
  • Smaller than an ITX PC case

front view of qnap tvs-h874x nas and available i/o

The QNAP TVS-h874X is likely overkill for most people. However, if you have enough media to fill so many bays or want to stream your Plex server to a large group of people, the 12th Gen Intel i9 processor is more than enough to deliver multiple 4K streams simultaneously.

In addition, the QNAP TVS-h874X has dual M.2 Gen4x4 NVMe SSDs to speed up the process. To further ensure a stable connection, you have dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, with the option to expand to a 25 Gigabit Ethernet port via its PCIe Gen4 expansion slot. However, you can just as easily use the expansion slot for GPUs or, better yet, a QM2 car to boost your performance.

QNAP TVS-h874x

Best Premium NAS

The QNAP TVS-h874X is rocking a powerful 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and eight bays to populate with either 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5 HDDs. It’s for streaming 4K video to multiple users and lets you maintain a massive movie library.


  • Can upgrade RAM to 128GB
  • Built-in HDMI port ready to go
  • PCIe Gen expansion slot opens door for more performance
  • 8 bays to populate, each can handle HDDs over 20TB

asustor lockerstor 10 as6510t on desk, next to keyboard, mouse, tablet, and monitor

If you have a movie collection that rivals streaming services, the Asustor Lockerstor 10 AS6510T NAS is what you need. With 10 storage bays to populate—using your choice of SSD or HDD—each of which can handle 18TB, you’ll never want for storage space.

Even better, the Asustor Lockerstor 10 AS6510T works wonderfully with RAID, so if you have space to spare, you can have backups in case of a storage failure. What’s most impressive, other than its high capacity, is the Ethernet ports at the back. You have four Ethernet ports—two 2.5 Gigabit ports and two 10 Gigabit ports. Couple that with the dual M.2 slots for fast caching, and data will rarely, if ever, bottleneck.

Asustor Lockerstor 10 AS6510T

Best High Capacity

The Asustor Lockerstor 10 AS6510 T has 10 bays, each handling 18TB, and offers 180TB of storage. It also has two M.2 NVMe SSD slots for fast caching and four Ethernet ports to ensure a stable connection.


  • Handles transcoding well over multiple users
  • Can upgrade RAM to 64GB
  • Surprisingly compact
  • Quiet operation and keeps itself cool

  • Installing more RAM and M.2 is a bother

synology ds723+ 2-bay diskstation NAS on desk next to apple imac

Windows and Linux aren’t the only operating systems that can run Plex—it’s compatible with MacOS, too. In fact, if you’ve got a spare MacBook or iMac, they make pretty good Plex servers on their own, no NAS required. However, a much more dedicated solution would be the Synology DS723+.

It’s relatively easy to set up the Synology DS723+. The manual is rather wordy, but you’ll have no problem following along. The best aspect of the Synology DS723+ is its customization. It has just two storage bays, but if your movie collection outgrows your HDDs and SSDs, you can pick up the DX517 Expansion Unit for five extra drive bays. Even the 1 Gigabit Ethernet port can be swapped for something faster, like a 10GbE port. Not to mention dual M.2 NVMe slots for storage pooling and fast caching.

Synology DS723+

Best for Mac

Simple, fast, and expandable, the Synology DS723+ is the complete package that grows alongside your movie collection. And it’ll stick around for a while considering RAM, the storage bays, and M.2 can be upgraded when needed.


  • Flexible customization
  • Can upgrade RAM (16GB maximum)
  • Works with Mac and iOS
  • Fairly priced

  • Set up is easy but tedious (At least set a day aside)


Q: What does NAS stand for?

It’s an acronym for “Network Attached Storage.”

Q: What do I use a NAS for?

Since NAS is simply a storage device that can be accessed over a network, you can use it for just about anything related to storing files. You could backup important documents, images, music, movies, and so on. Essentially, whatever you store on a PC can be stored on a NAS instead.

Q: What is Plex?

Plex is nothing more than software that organizes your media and lets you access it quickly. While Plex has its own movies to stream, it’s more about maintaining your collection.

The fun part is Plex also acts as a front for your NAS. Plex can stream your content to one or more devices by setting it up to access your NAS. It’s like having your own streaming service.

Q: What is RAID?

It’s an acronym for “Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks.” To put it simple: with RAID you store the same data in multiple locations. If an HDD or SSD were to fail, RAID ensures the data in those storage devices isn’t lost for good.

Q: How many bays do I need for a NAS for Plex?

There’s no hard or fast rule when it comes to the number of bays your NAS needs for Plex. It really depends on the size of your library and the quality of said media.

Let’s put it this way: the average size of a 4K Blu-ray can exceed 20GB. With a 1TB storage device, that’s 50 movies even. On the other hand, FHD (1080p) movies are around 1 to 2GB. Using the same storage device, you’re looking at 500 to 1000 movies.


Apple’s durability testing is way more than a YouTuber can manage


Apple will drop-test thousands of iPhones like this (Source: MKBHD)

Apple has revealed how iPhone and iPad drop tests should really be done — and are being done, thousands of times, in its durability testing labs.

YouTubers will buy one Apple device and smash it to pieces as pathetic clickbait. They always justify it, though, by saying these devices must be tested — and now Apple has politely suggested that they hold its beer.

Marques Brownlee, MKBHD — who doesn’t smash up the devices that his YouTube channel covers — has been shown around Apple’s testing labs for the iPhone. Every test any YouTuber ever makes on a device has been done by Apple first.

In a thread on Twitter, MKBHD shows how in Apple’s labs "there’s an entire room of machines for water and ingress testing." They range from a simulation of light rain to "high pressure spray from a literal firehose."

Then there’s the drop test, so beloved of YouTubers. Except in Apple’s case, industrial robots perform hundreds of drops, and each drop is monitored in slow motion.

Add to this a shake test that can mimic an iPhone being in the pocket of someone on a motorbike, and overall Apple tests to a degree that inconceivable for any individual YouTuber. Then if any one did manage to match Apple’s own testing, they’d also have to buy over 10,000 devices.

That’s how many of a new iPhone model will go through preposterous levels of durability testing. At retail, that’s a minimum of just under half a million dollars of iPhone — if you chose the lowest-cost iPhone SE.

Apple’s head of hardware engineering, John Ternus, says that the company does pay attention to durability issues once a device is on sale, but that this all helps improve the in-house testing.

"We’ve found when we’ll pull units back from the field and we’ll find things and figure out how do we build a test that represents maybe this new use case that somebody’s doing in the field," said Ternus, "and then that becomes a part of our test suite."

Ternus also argued that durability is the best option for the customer and the planet, even if to achieve that, Apple has to make it harder to repair devices.

"It’s objectively better for the customer to have that reliability," he said, "and it’s ultimately better for the planet because the failure rate since we got to that point have just dropped, it’s plummeted."

"So you can actually do the math and figure out there’s a threshold at which if I can make it this durable," continued Ternus, "then it’s better to have it a little bit harder to repair because it’s going to net out ahead."

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Huge Google Search Document Leak Reveals Inner Workings of Ranking Algorithm

Danny Goodwin reports via Search Engine Land: A trove of leaked Google documents has given us an unprecedented look inside Google Search and revealed some of the most important elements Google uses to rank content. Thousands of documents, which appear to come from Google’s internal Content API Warehouse, were released March 13 on Github by an automated bot called yoshi-code-bot. These documents were shared with Rand Fishkin, SparkToro co-founder, earlier this month.
What’s inside. Here’s what we know about the internal documents, thanks to Fishkin and [Michael King, iPullRank CEO]:
Current: The documentation indicates this information is accurate as of March.
Ranking features: 2,596 modules are represented in the API documentation with 14,014 attributes.
Weighting: The documents did not specify how any of the ranking features are weighted — just that they exist.
Twiddlers: These are re-ranking functions that "can adjust the information retrieval score of a document or change the ranking of a document," according to King.
Demotions: Content can be demoted for a variety of reasons, such as: a link doesn’t match the target site; SERP signals indicate user dissatisfaction; Product reviews; Location; Exact match domains; and/or Porn. Change history: Google apparently keeps a copy of every version of every page it has ever indexed. Meaning, Google can "remember" every change ever made to a page. However, Google only uses the last 20 changes of a URL when analyzing links.
Other interesting findings. According to Google’s internal documents: Freshness matters — Google looks at dates in the byline (bylineDate), URL (syntacticDate) and on-page content (semanticDate).
To determine whether a document is or isn’t a core topic of the website, Google vectorizes pages and sites, then compares the page embeddings (siteRadius) to the site embeddings (siteFocusScore).
Google stores domain registration information (RegistrationInfo).
Page titles still matter. Google has a feature called titlematchScore that is believed to measure how well a page title matches a query.
Google measures the average weighted font size of terms in documents (avgTermWeight) and anchor text.
What does it all mean? According to King: "[Y]ou need to drive more successful clicks using a broader set of queries and earn more link diversity if you want to continue to rank. Conceptually, it makes sense because a very strong piece of content will do that. A focus on driving more qualified traffic to a better user experience will send signals to Google that your page deserves to rank." […] Fishkin added: "If there was one universal piece of advice I had for marketers seeking to broadly improve their organic search rankings and traffic, it would be: ‘Build a notable, popular, well-recognized brand in your space, outside of Google search.’"

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Audit MySQL Databases in Laravel With the DB Auditor Package


Audit MySQL Databases in Laravel With the DB Auditor Package

The DB Auditor package for Laravel helps you audit your MySQL database standards and provides options to add missing constraints via CLI:

php artisan top
DB Auditor table report

This package can help you identify areas of your database that need work during development to optimize your production database. It offers the following features:

  • Audit and review an existing MySQL database
  • Scan MySQL databases to provide insights of mysql standards and constraints
  • Apply scan results automatically via the command line
  • Show a list of tables that fail audit and don’t follow recommended standards

You can access all of the tools via Laravel’s Artisan console. One command I found interesting is the db:track command, which gives you information about migrations, such as when they were created, the fields created, and which Git user created them.

The project’s readme also includes instructions for enabling a web UI feature to see recommendations from a web browser. On GitHub, you can learn more about this package, get full installation instructions, and view the source code at vcian/laravel-db-auditor.

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