BuzzFeed’s “33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed” – amazing or arbitrary??

So a couple of people have send me this post by BuzzFeed staff writer Jessica Probus:

BuzzFeed.com staff writer Jessica Probus highlights "33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed"

BuzzFeed.com staff writer Jessica Probus highlights “33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed”

I opened the link with great anticipation as to what new tricks I would learn. The answer. . . a couple of really good ones, a lot of interesting ones, and several that made me wonder who the target audience is. The Fake Names Generator is #3 on her list – I clearly am way too old and boring because my response was “why would anyone need that?” as opposed to my response in college when it would’ve been “oh, cool, let’s see what aliases it generates!” I distinctly remember spending an entire evening when I was 21 figuring out what our names would have been in a B-movie by combining our hometowns and current streets, or maybe street you grew up on with something else. . . now I spend that time reading “Moo, Baa, La La La” over and over again until my ears bleed.

Your mileage will vary, but it’s worth a read. For me, the two most interesting “Amazingly Useful Websites” (well, pretty good ones) were ManualsLib and CamelCamelCamel.

manualslibManualsLib is a free site that contains PDF versions of over one million product manuals. You can search it by brand, by type of product, by serial number, and a myriad of other ways. Olympus camera lens? Kenmore dishwasher? Samsung laptop? Chances are if you’ve furtively thrown that manual into the recycling bin, or filed it diligently in that place you’d, um, never forget, you can find the manual here. And if you’re someone who actually does have all of your manuals saved and organized in a detailed system (that one drawer in your kitchen where you throw everything does not count), then I salute you (and you should probably be writing this blog instead of me).

camelcamelcamelCamelCamelCamel is a free site that lets you see price history and create a watch list for any item that Amazon carries. So if you’re interested in something and not in a hurry, it’ll let you know when the price drops. I don’t have an Amazon wishlist, but if you do, it can automatically track price drops on everything on your wishlist at once, which is kind of neat.

So check it out. Who knows? For me, an site that tells me my ideal times to go to sleep is useless, as BuzzFeed does not realize the role that a small child plays in that endeavor, but maybe you’ve been looking for exactly a site like that.

 

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2 thoughts on “BuzzFeed’s “33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed” – amazing or arbitrary??

  1. > Your mileage will vary, but it’s worth a read. For me, the two most interesting “Amazingly Useful Websites” (well, pretty good ones) were ManualsLib and CamelCamelCamel.

    You should try pricezombie and then compare to camelcamel. I think you’ll be surprised how lacking camelcamel is due to it only supporting amazon. Comparison shopping requires as many stores as you can muster. Otherwise buying historically low from a single store is still buying blind.

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