timeforcake: Browser details, tracking packages & more
October 7, 2012
Based on the surprising number of similarly themed questions I’ve received on these topics in the past month or so, I’m reprinting a couple of past tips today (but have updated them to make them more relevant and useful). Enjoy…
A while back I shared with you how easy it is to determine what browser and browser version you use. Today I’m admitting there’s actually a much easier way to locate this information (as well as some important related details).That’s right. The next time someone asks you for any of the following:1. your browser2. your browser version3. your operating system4. your IP address5. your user agent string… just visit http://www.SupportDetails.com. The moment you arrive you’ll find all the above-listed information displayed on your screen. It’s like your little private cheat sheet. We all need to know this information at some point in time. So, I strongly recommend you bookmark this page so that the next time tech support/your webmaster/that warranty card asks you for any of the above-listed details, you won’t feel like a deer in the headlights; you’ll instead be able to provide an accurate answer with ease.
You don’t need to go to UPS.com or FedEx.com to track your packages. Honestly. Just about all major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) allow you to drop your package’s tracking number into their search boxes. Hit enter and the search results will give you a direct link to your tracking page. Quite convenient.
Just because other websites link to Facebook doesn’t mean your website should link to Facebook, too.If your company doesn’t actually have a Facebook page, that icon/link that’s displayed throughout your site (you know, the one that just points to the Facebook homepage) benefits neither you nor your site visitors. In fact, it wastes the time of everyone who clicks those links.If your company doesn’t have a Facebook page, I recommended you remove all Facebook icons/links/references from your site. (Note: same thing goes for Twitter, people. There is no value provided by sending your site’s visitors straight Twitter’s homepage.) Once your business has a Facebook page then, by all means, definitely link to it!Erin Pheil is the owner of timeforcake creative media – the Web Design & Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit the timeforcake website at http://www.timeforcake.com or email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.