Online Purchases Will Only Increase

Online purchases are going to increase tremendously in the next few years as access to the web becomes ubiquitous via smartphones, tablets and traditional desktop systems. Recent demographic studies show that online purchases is not for Generation Xers only. It’s also popular among middle-age groups, the 35 to 45 and 45 to 55 year old groups.

When we think of e-commerce, we often associate it with the largest online retailers like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. These are companies that primarily sell online goods and services over the internet and via the browser. The online shops are often called e-shop, e-store, web-shop, web-store, online store, online storefront, or virtual store.

While Amazon tend to sell everything, others online stores such as Home Depot, Best Buy, Frys, Bed Bath and Beyond are much more specialized. Home Depot sells things you normally find in a hardware store. Frys and Best Buy sells electronics. Meanwhile, Bed Bath and Beyond sells only household items.

If that wasn’t specialized enough, you’ll find just about anything you want online. If you want kites, there’s Into The Wind. If you want costumes, there’s Pure Costumes. If you want jewelry, Fusion Beads has quite a variety of beads online.

The shopping workflow typically starts with consumers browsing the virtual storefront. They see a product that they want, and they add it to their online shopping cart. The shopping carts are usually powered by some shopping cart software installed in the storefront. Once the consumer is done shopping, the checkout process can then begin. Products are sometimes shipped for free, or for a nominal or standard fixed fee.

Online shoppers usually pay via credit card or a Paypal account. Others stores also accept more traditional types of payment methods such as checks, money orders, cash on delivery or COD, debit cards, even Bitcoins.

One of the advantages of shopping online is convenience. It’s perfect for buying products that you’re already familiar with, and you’re comfortable with, ordering it online with actually seeing it or trying it out. Another advantage is online reviews. You can read about a product and how it’s rated by others who’ve purchased it. Another advantage is price. Sometimes online prices are cheaper, plus most of the times there are no sales taxes to deal with.

There are disadvantages as well. Make sure you’re shopping with a reputable store. Make sure the online stores are practicing safe and secure policies.

Online purchases are only going to accelerate in the future, as better methods and ways to shop online will become a reality.

Purge Bloated Phone Apps

My two year commitment on phone is coming up in November. I’m about due for a phone upgrade. Six months ago, my phone started slowing down to a crawl. Not only that, I started exceeding my 300Mb limit. The extra fees was enough motivation for me to start uninstalling apps that were taking up CPU time and using large amounts of data. After purging the phone from the bloated apps, the phone went back to its old self. Lessons learned. Pay attention as to which app takes up CPU and data usage. Chances are, some of these apps can be accessed from your mobile browser.

Reverting to the Hard Drive

Six months ago, I installed a SSD drive on my Mac Mini. The speed of the SSD drive was a welcome addition. System boot up was cut in half. Access to applications were almost instant. It was all fun until I started having problems with SSD drive. Constant hangs and constant reboots for several weeks took its toll. Thanks to Time Machine, I’m now restoring my entire drive back to my original hard drive which is not in use. The restore process should take a couple of hours or so. I expect my computer to be slower with the hard drive, but it should be more stable than my current SSD.

Classic Yahoo Mail

Am I the only person who has switched back to Yahoo Mail Classic? What is up with all the bugs with the newer Yahoo Mail.  Attachments don’t want to attach, mails refuse to be sent, mails don’t want to move, select boxes can’t be selected, and many, many more bugs. I usually end up refreshing the page just to fix it. After a few of these, and the whole exercise gets to be really annoying? Today, I was crafting an email and Yahoo mail refused to send it. If I leave the page, I lose my mail. I ended up saving it to a text file. So frustrated.

Electric Skateboard

Skateboards are fun. There’s no doubt. It’s fun if you don’t have to work so hard. Enter Electric skateboards. There are 3 different kinds on the video. There’s Onewheel, where you just lean forward to move forward, and lean back to slow down. Then, there’s Zboard with a top speed of 18mph. There are two pads on the board that you have to step on for going forwards and backwards. You may have to dance a little to put your weight on the control buttons. Lastly, there’s Boosted board, a hand-controlled electric board. It’s much faster than the Zboard. It’s fast enough to go uphill. All these boards are built for just cruising, you can’t do a ollie or a kickflip.

Heartbleed is going to be painful

Security experts are bracing for the impact of Heartbleed. It’s going to be painful for both companies and users alike. No one knows for sure how much data was compromised. The list of potential sites affected is long and distinguished. Any site using OpenSSL is vulnerable. Some security experts are saying to wait before changing passwords until security admins have patched their servers. You don’t want to change passwords twice. Like it or not, we may be forced to change passwords sooner than we think.

Comcast Needs To Be Bigger to Compete

Just saw the headline that says, ‘Comcast needs to be bigger to compete.’ Now that’s an interesting thought. Come again. Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. To compete with what? By itself? In some part of the US, Comcast has the sole possession of the cable internet market. Cox and others that may give Comcast a run for their money, but seriously it’s not really a race. And then there’s always a threat of Google becoming a major competitor, but that’s years down the line if it comes to fruition. So the argument saying Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. It’s not much of a competition at this point in time.

Google Glass and Livestream

You can now Livestream an event using Google Glass. How cool is that! Except that Google Glass sucks. At the moment, yes. Maybe, Google can make it better and affordable. By the way, Livestream now has apps for iOS, Android and now Glass.

Windows XP Is Orphaned

Today is the day Windows XP is going to be orphaned. It won’t get anymore security updates from Microsoft. Zilch. Nada. Of course, Windows XP users can still use their machines, with maybe some annoying popup message saying it’s no longer supported and please upgrade. I’m sure users will find ways to disable the popup reminder. Windows XP is probably the best operating system Microsoft has ever had followed by Windows 7. And there were many flops before and after. The famous one of all is, of course Vista. Windows 8 seems to be following in the footsteps of Vista. It’s getting lots of user resistance. Some users still look for the previous version of Windows 7. Windows XP is officially retired, except that it’s still runs for a little while longer.