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January 2013

Why I use AdBlock plus

I use AdBlock plus for Chrome (the browser I currently use 95%+ of the time).

Why? 

  • There are pros and cons of using it. As a plus, you don’t see the ads. As a con, some web sites display with some faults if you hide the ads. This is debatable – are the ads really useful in how a page should look like? This is unclear.
  • What is clear and is the drop which has filled my glass of patience are re-marketing ads. The principle is simple – I visit SEOmoz.org, let’s say, and log into my account, which is a free one. They see this and have an option to display on other web sites, around the Internet, ads which invite me to become a premium member of SEOmoz. The first time you see the ad, it may be OK. After the ads start haunting you all over the Internet, specifically targeting me to do a specific set of actions, it gets annoying. I start to feel bad I don’t have a premium account of SEOmoz. I want to return to web sites I don’t particularly like. AdBlock Plus may be worth it only for that.

“Have a sample” / “Feel the merchandise” – why?

You go to a store, and the sellers invite you to:

  • Have a free sample.
  • Feel the goods (clothing, apparel).
  • Try the product in some way or another.

Why does this happen?

  • We tend to get more attached to things we touch. Thus, we will price a good higher when we have contact with it.

Simple trick – when the sellers invite you to touch a good, they actually invite you to buy the product at a higher price. And, surprisingly, you do. :)

The morale? Just notice the thing, and at times avoid touching, if you see it makes it more difficult for you to avoid buying a good.

“Shop now! Expiring offer! Now! Buy now!” – downsides

4758676577_aa65eda52f_zThere are a lot of reasons for which a store (online or not) should have promotions such as:

  • Expiring offer – valid until …
  • Expiring offer – only … products left on stock.
  • Offer limited only to the clients who meet the following criteria: …

I will bring in this article some light on why you might consider not having this kind of offers.

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Follow-up: Lansarea volumului “Din lagărul România evadează morţii”, 2013.01.08, 18h, Librăria Sophia

lansare-carte-lagarLibraria Sophia, Editura Sânziana și Fundația “Ion Gavrilă Ogoranu” au organizat marți, 8 ianuarie 2013, ora 18.00, lansarea volumului “Din lagărul România evadează morții”, de prof.univ.dr.ing. Iulian Constantin (deținut politic timp de 14 ani, fost președinte al Federației Române a Foștilor Deținuți Politici și Luptători Anticomuniști).

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Un macro obligatoriu – înlocuire spațiu dublu ” ” cu spațiu simplu ” “

În general, mă feresc de asemenea cuvinte – “trebuie” / “e obligatoriu” / “neapărat-neapărat”. În cazul de față, însă, discut despre un macro care e, nici mai mult nici mai puțin, decât obligatoriu.

Anume, în Microsoft Word, înlocuirea ”  ” (spațiu spațiu) cu ” ” (spațiu).

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Scrolling is better than clicking

1047136540_6751eba3ceLet’s say you have a document with 20 pages of information and you want to put it on a web site. You structure it, simpler, or more complicated. But, in the end, you will have to pick between these two:

  • Scroll – people will need to scroll to find information on a web page.
  • Click – people will need to click on a menu to find the desired information.

Find out why I favor scrolling to clicking.

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