There is a LOT that can be done with free online services — sometimes things that probably go way beyond what the service creators envisioned.
For a week or two (I’m pretty sure this started before Hurricane Irene) I’ve been having trouble accessing secure pages on amazon.com. I can’t see my past orders, reach my Amazon Cloud Drive, or now even place a new order. I discovered today that I can’t get the newegg.com site to work either — so I’ve got no way to order computer stuff I need.
At first I thought it was something corrupted on my main computer.
I’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Then I tried my older computer that’s running Linux. I’ve tried my laptop.
Nothing works. On amazon and newegg I can’t access any page that’s secure.
I found a printout of a webpage that is long since gone (and not archived at https://www.archive.org — that would have been too easy).
So what to do? Scan it in and use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
Um, but I don’t have any software like that and I’d rather not buy any.
Google thinks the web should be fast, and that’s kinda the final word. Here’s some (older but still useful) info on site speed as a ranking factor.
I recently found a useful website for testing your website’s speed – it checks the website by accessing it from multiple locations (in multiple countries) and thus gives a better test than just checking the speed in your own browser.
I was looking for some tool to measure distances in pixels on screen so that I’d know the width of various columns in the themes of some of my WordPress sites (so that I could size advertising to the proper dimensions). A quick search came up with PicPick as the best. It seems pretty powerful – you can measure horizontal or vertical distances as well as do screen captures and color picking. It seems to play nice and just sit as a little toolbar icon when not being used.
I’ve been looking at WordPress shopping cart plugins and other ways to create an online shopping cart and I came across a link to a feature I didn’t even know PayPal has. Paypal can create random temporary security keys (an additional password for your account that is only good for a short time) to help ensure that only you can log into your account (since you’re the only one who can access this security key).
I don’t know how people ever survived without the internet to answer those simple yet nagging questions…
Sure there are big questions that we manage to survive despite not having answers, but it’s these little questions that build up and bounce around and create little tiny stress puddles that never go away. For instance, what do people mean by “dining out?”
Let that fizzle around a brain for 30 years or so. It must be something dirty… but how dirty?