Readers offer their best tips for getting better prices on Amazon, learning how to pronounce difficult words, and viewing Facebook photos in the old photo viewer.
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Check Amazon Quick Picks for Regular Discounts
WiFi shares a lesser-known deal service on Amazon:
Amazon has this little feature called "Quick Picks". Basically, Amazon analyses your browsing history on their website and gives you a few items at a discount from their normal price. For example, the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor is currently selling for $US163.16, but it also appeared in my Quick Picks list. If I were to buy within an hour, I would receive a $US8.16 discount. Obviously the higher value your item, the higher the discount. All of the quick picks are temporary and last for a short period of time. But they can be helpful in saving a quick buck here and there.
Your Quick Picks are available by clicking on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of amazon's website.
Obviously, you'd want to be careful of impulse buys here, but it could come in handy once in a while.
Hover Over Wikipedia Pronunciations for Extra Help
Audiopocalypse discovers a useful Wikipedia trick:
Decipher Wikipedia's gibberish pronunciation guide for words by hovering over each letter to learn their sound.
Useful if you are somewhere that you can't use sound.
Open Facebook Photos in the Old Photo Viewer
KBS shares another way to get Facebook's old photo viewer back:
If you want to view a Facebook photo on a separate page, like the really old, non-theater photo viewer: instead of clicking the image you can right-click the image with open in a new tab option and it will open it in the non-theater mode. I usually do this in tablet when the comment on the side doesn't scroll.
A good alternative to removing
&theater from the URL.
Use Windows Homegroups to Run Apps on Other Machines
Nitesh discovers a handy use for Windows 7's homegroup feature:
Just discovered you can run games and other executables over Windows 7 homegroups on separate computers. Not sure why you'd want to (even an external USB 2 hard drive would be 20x faster) but it does work, kind of neat. Old programs and stuff are one interesting use for it.
You probably couldn't (or wouldn't want to) run Skyrim this way, but it could be useful for those once-off portable apps that you have stored on another machine in the house.