Tag: Productivity

Refund Please

Just came across another great Lifehacker article titled Track Amazon’s 30-day refund guarantee with Refund Please.

Apparently, similar to some other stores, if the price of an item you purchased from Amazon.com drops within 30 days of the purchase date, Amazon.com will credit you the difference in price. This is great for anyone who shops on Amazon.com except that checking the price on a daily basis can become quite a pain.

Enter Refund Please – a site that checks the price of the item you purchased daily and sends you a message if the price drops and also includes the relevant links and information on how to claim your credit. I’ll try and use Refund Please for some of my most recent Amazon.com purchases but am also curious about Price Protectr – a site that offers a very similar service but covers purchases from Amazon.com, Backcountry.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, Costco, Future Shop, Jenson USA, Office Max, Sears and Target.

Dvorak Keyboard Layout

At work today I happened to be introduced to my first laptop actually setup with the Dvorak keyboard layout. Never heard of it? How about a visual reminder?

Look familiar? Apparently, according to Gillian Grassie, the client I was helping, the keyboard is setup and adapted to the English language. As a result, most users who end up switching from ‘QWERTY’ style keyboards enjoy increases in typing speed, higher accuracy of typed words and most of all greater comfort because of the placement and balance of letters.

Either way because of the way my work environment is structured I doubt if I’d be able to switch to this keyboard layout anytime soon, but nevertheless at least I have some of Gillian’s music to listen to while contemplating the move – music that apparently blends folk, pop, jazz, rock, latin and Celtic influences under a sweet but intense soprano.

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Dvorak Keyboard Layout

The Project Triangle

During my Information Systems classes at Messiah and Temple the Project Triangle was always brought up as the element that would determine the scope in the various projects that we ended up working on.

In my most recent development project, I was hit with the triangle. The project triangle represents the three controlling factors of every project, out of which you can only choose two as being the necessary and most critical elements in order for the project to succeed.

The vertexes of the triangle represent the constraints of Cost, Features and Time. As an example, if you want a top-notch web site with all the bells and whistles and you’re also limited to a specific budget then time will be the factor that will change in order to still have the bells and whistles and stay on cost.