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A few years ago, I did some comparison shopping online so my folks saved a few hundred dollars for the exact refrigerator model they wanted. Now Dad wants to replace Grandma's refrigerator, so my sister called a few minutes after we got in from lunch to ask me to track down the best price for a 25 ft³ side-by-side model with in-door water and ice. I brought up a few sites (Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears) and called her back for measurements and color preference. After a few minutes of running into hardly anything at the height I had heard, I called back to double check and got the correct height, enabling me to run off the store SKU and manufacturer's model number for a $700 Hotpoint side-by-side refrigerator at Home Depot and making a short list of a few slightly pricier models that fit within the measurements I have in case their local store doesn't have it in stock.

Of note: Home Depot lists dimensions and features in separate PDF files (irritating, but that's why I have several stores' sites open at once), Sears has the most user-friendly method for filtering search results, and Lowe's loads the fastest on my dialup connection.

On the bright side, shopping online is nice. I imagine the worst when I think about calling around -- I have a discernible "not from here" accent in most areas, especially east Los Angeles. Whee.

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techno1992
Mar. 26th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Web-based PDF files/pages are the bane of my Internet. They inevitably entail a 30- to 40-second wait while the Acrobat plug-in loads, reducing my entire browsing speed to a crawl and greatly harshing my chi.
Back when Acrobat Reader was around version 5.x, I installed something called "Acrobat Reader Speed Up" (ARSU), a marvelous tool that prevents AR from loading most of the 5 million components it thinks it needs. You know, just in case I want to look at a PDF translated from Serbian into Finnish. With ARSU, AR would load in about 4 to 5 seconds, a huge advantage.
I haven't noticed a similar program/plug-in that will trim the fat off of AR 7 (or wherever it's at now). But if I do, I'll post a link about it.
oddharmonic
Mar. 27th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
You can make Acrobat Reader load faster by disabling the plugins you don't use -- here's an article on it.

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