I recently had a chance to try out BudURLservice, it is basically a URL shortener like bit.ly except for some additional so called features. I won’t go into much details, just tell you that I will not recommend BudURL to basic users, with just a single reason which factors the most for me:
Premium Click Stats, BudURL’s service – which is supposed to give IP address, referrer etc. of the visitors, the number of clicks this advanced information is showed for is VERY limited i.e. starting from 500 for 8 US$ / month. Now, when I signed up, I knew very well what this meant, the advanced stats only show for 500 visitors but I was under the impression that after the 500 clicks, it WILL be showing the basic information which all redirect services are offering i.e. basic details of the clickers like country they visited from – which is a standard with all free URL shortening services but to my surprise, they do not offer this. Only the following information is shown after your Clickstream quota runs out.
As you can see from the above screenshot, once your Clickstream/Premium Clicks quota runs out, you won’t get any information at all except the number of clicks! My clicks ran out on the very first day and I knew that would happen but after that day (12th March) there is virtually no information given about the clicks except vague numbers about the clicks.
If you are looking for a simple URL shortener that gives you extra information like IP address, Referrer etc. It’s just better to use a URL shortener service on your own hosting account/domain name, something like YOURLS should do. A reliable shared hosting with unlimited domains, bandwidth and good up-time should cost you less than 4 US$ per month so why spend 8 US$/500 clicks, 12 US$/2000 clicks and 49 US$/50000 clicks.
You CAN get the advance information of IP addresses/referrer etc. from your RAW logs or the stats service which will come with your hosting account.
Payoneer is a very good solution for free lancers to receive money and is compared to services like Paypal and Moneybookers. Up until now, the card could only be loaded by funding through a Credit Card but behold. I believe Payoneer is going to offer loading funds via Paypal as well as ACH.
How to load and add funds to Payoneer by Paypal?!
They have introduced a NEW load to page on their website which can be seen here. When the checkout page loads, Paypal and ACH options appear for a very short time and then they disappear. However, these can be seen under source code.
I should point out that my Payoneer card is not activated yet so it is possible that adding funds/loading funds to your Payoneer card by Paypal and ACH is showing up for users with already activated cards. What this means? Users will be able to receive Paypal funds anywhere in the world, this is specially good for users that Paypal keeps ignoring and their services are not available.
This could mean a simple and a cost effective way for webmasters/freelancers to accept Paypal payments without having a Paypal account. A good way to receive Paypal in countries where Paypal is not available. If their fees are good enough, this could mean trouble for Paypal too since the users even in Paypal supported countries will move to Payoneer.
You no longer have to do searches like receive Paypal in unsupported countries OR having to create a fake Paypal account and searching for ways to activate Paypal by virtual credit cards :).
It seems that users always have to face problems with each release of iPhone, the early adopters at least. Users are reporting bad screens and a conspiracy theory is also on the rise about iOS4.
Some users have been reporting an error “Your iPhone activation session has expired” when they tried to activate their iPhone 4 via iTunes. The solution is very simple. Restart your iTunes and try, if that doesn’t solve your problem then restart your computer or MAC and that should do the job.
Enjoy your new iPhone 4!
Fasterfox 3.1.2 & Fasterfox Lite 3.8.2 for Firefox 3.5.4/3.5.5/3.5.6/3.5.7/3.6/3.6.1/3.6.2/3.6.3
Fasterfox Lite: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9148
Simply visit any of the above, click “Let me install the experimental add-on” and let it do the magic for you =). Its not experiment per se, I have been using it since a long time without any problem.
Fully working with latest build:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:184.108.40.206) Gecko/20100316 Firefox/3.6.2
Google’s alternative to Paypal, Google Checkout is down in the UK for last two days without any kind of explanation from the company which is making the merchants very uneasy and frustrated, reports on Twitter also suggest that the service is down in the US.
Unlike Paypal, they do not have technical support line by phone so the merchants and users are in the dark about what’s happened to the service. According to Google they are looking into it. Google usually is on top of their game but something seems to be wrong with them, i.e. the privacy woes with Google Buzz release were also not expected by the tech community.
Head over to Twitter for real time updates by Google Checkout users for the latest information.