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Monday, December 10, 2018

Spent The Weekend Decorating

Holiday decorations a little less than normal, however happy they are in place.

My holiday shopping is almost complete. Spent more than I planned, however happy with all of my purchases. Are you still looking?

It was an easy weekend filled with holiday good cheer, music, and foods I love. Hope your plans are going well.


Monday, December 03, 2018

Pretty Attractive Rates

In September (2018), I noticed savings rates offered by several of the major banks were starting to rise. In October, one of the online banks was offering a 2.65% APY CD, so I scraped together just over the minimum required deposit amount to open the account.

Since then, I have watched savings rates offered by CIT and Synchrony Bank (two of the more popular, highly rated online banks), rise and just recently, start a slight decline.

Since starting my research, I have noticed banks tend to offer higher rates on savings accounts going into the Fall/Winter holiday seasons and then taper off after the new year.

Would you like to do the research?

I know, it is hard saving this time of the year. Last night, I added more holiday gift purchases to my credit card and though not dreading the bill (which will be paid off entirely when it comes due), know that I do not have extra funds right now for another high interest savings account, though I will continue to track the rates.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Gearing Up For The Holidays...

Holiday photos from last Saturday through today (Saturday, November 24, 2018).

Recent movies:

  • The Post
  • Red Sparrow
  • Collateral
  • American Made

Plans? Several software development projects, WiredPages updates, and holiday shopping.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Amazon API Quick Search

Busy week. My Mother's birthday was Saturday, so preparations for Thanksgiving and her birthday kept me busy. In addition, I continued working the many software projects I have on my to-do list.

A recent software addition, or I should explain- replacement interface is illustrated below.

The tool replaces the Amazon Gift Ideas interface that was in place on the WiredPages Shopping page. I chose to replace the interface because (1) it mirrored the items found here, and (2) the Amazon Product Advertising API had to be called individually for each item listed. Server and timing issues were not as efficient as I would have liked.

The new interface only calls the API once per search, however offers several different products as part of the results. Of course, users may want to search again and again, so that might generate multiple calls to the API.

The new Amazon interface, like the Best Buy Tool, is quick. This was an important reason in the decision to replace the original interface used on the Shopping page.

Though the new interface is already installed on WiredPages, I am still taking it through its paces [debug checkout], however I think there are very few issues, if any. If you want to drop me a line-- you may use the email address provided by the WiredPages news service.


Friday, November 09, 2018

Instagram API Demo Fix...

This morning, I added two new photos as part of a story to my Instagram feed. When I checked the QiSoftware Instagram API Demonstration Tool, I noticed the error illustrated below, in the image on the left.

I am happy to report, the correction involved a simplification that is going to make my server happier. I was parsing the data, based on the type of post, i.e., single image, story carousal or video, and not the top level container for the post. Less "if" branching. Pleased with how this worked out.

Other projects?

Planning for the Holidays? Lots of things going on in my hometown. How about yours?


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Late October (2018)

Little under the weather lately [ear infection], so getting a lot of rest.

Things in the works...

  • Further research using API resources.
  • Research in the realm of site monetization through header bidding.
  • Social media posts here, here and here.

Several tools (9 or so) ready for installation on WiredPages however holding off for various reasons. New tools under development or consideration should be exciting additions for the service.




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