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iDNS.ag

iDNS.ag

4/17/17
We got a "Domain Name Expiration Notice" in the mail from "Internet Domain Name Services". Upon first glance it looks like a renewal notice, where we have to respond with a payment or else we lose our .com domain name. But looking more closely it's merely *informing* us that our domain is expiring soon (and I happen to know for a fact that it's already renewing with our registrar), and it's just a cleverly-worded offer to switch the domain to them as a registrar and purchase a .net and .org domain - all for heavily inflated prices. And who knows if they'll even honor their end of the deal.

By the way, the '.ag' top-level domain indicates they're from Antigua and Barbuda.

Tip for consumers: Stay away! There are loads of more reputable domain registrars out there.

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StartPage

StartPage

6/3/15
I personally use DuckDuckGo as my default browser, mainly because it includes shortcuts to directly search a website (for example, typing "!sp ducks" into DuckDuckGo gives you Startpage search results for ducks).

But because DuckDuckGo is sometimes lacking in normal searches, I often use the aforementioned Startpage shortcut to get more relevant results.
DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo

6/3/15
Two main reasons I love DuckDuckGo:

1. Bang shortcuts - for example, typing "!images ducks" directs you to a Google Image Search for ducks; "!yt ducks" gives you YouTube results, "!wiki" gives you a Wikipedia page, etc. It saves you from having to navigate to a website, load its homepage, and type in the search bar.

2. No tracking - Google, Yahoo! and Bing track you all the time to give you "personalized" search results, not to mention using your IP address to generate results based on your location. DuckDuckGo gives you results relevant only to the keywords you search for.

Granted their search algorithm isn't as advanced as Google for complex queries.

Tip for consumers: If you want Google results without being tracked:
Try doing a Startpage search. Startpage essentially searches Google for you, without giving Google your information, and returns the results to you. You can go to startpage.com, OR if you use DuckDuckGo as your default search engine, use their !bang shortcut "!sp" - for example, "!sp ducks" gives you Google results for ducks on Startpage.com.

Malicious Ads:
Sure the ads can lead to malicious sites, but search engines like Google aren't compl

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TideBuy

TideBuy

9/14/12
Absolutely THE WORST experience I've ever had dealing with anyone online, ever. My wife ordered a wedding dress from them, and when they finally sent it after two months, it looked so bad in literally every way possible (stitching, fitting, fabric quality, detail work, color... am I missing anything?) that it made her cry. She sent a prompt email after receiving the dress, but they immediately told her this:
"Tidebuy.com has the right not to handle the case that the buyer fails to provide any valid evidences within 7 working days. If you are not satisfied with the items you received and want to open a dispute on our website,we suggest you'd better provide enough evidences timely, which is very helpful for you to get a refund or return."
...and an abundance of other BS that they consistently copied and pasted in every following communication with us. It went on, a pattern of emailing them, waiting two weeks for a response, only to get the same message. I gave up after two months of persisting.
Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce

9/14/12
I work for a wholesale business, and used BigCommerce for our company website. It doesn't give a lot of options for our business model out of the box, BUT I was able to customize it to fit our needs because you can modify the template files easily. Since then I've opened three more stores with them. One other thing worth noting is their support is great: the staff and other users will actually answer questions on the community forum, and when I have an urgent problem, Live Chat support is always great.
The downside to BigCommerce is their pricing plans are inflexible: For example, if you want 2GB of storage but not 1,000 products or tons of bandwidth, you can't just pay for more storage, but have to upgrade to the next plan. It doesn't appear as if they plan to change this either.
There are a lot of other issues (you can check the feature requests in the forum for more), BUT overall it's always been a pleasure dealing with this company, and they're always trying to improve their product. Definitely recommend.
Learnable

Learnable

9/14/12
If you're looking to buy Sitepoint books, I think this is the best deal (except for some of their Christmas deals). For a $17/month membership, you can read all the books online, or use the credits (you get 2 per month) to download them.

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