Tech Tips!

Harmony's tips and tricks for your every day interactions with tech!

Author:
AJ Caldwell

What is a top-level domain (TLD)? Well, it’s the “.com” bit in google.com.

Why is it important? Because, generally speaking, it tells you something about the domain. “.com” is short for commercial, indicating abusiness of some kind. “.gov” Exists for government, and we even have country-code TLDs, see “.eu” or “.us”.

Some applications of these are used in multilingual sites.The “.us” and “.uk” versions of sites will use the respect region’s spelling ofwords, for example (color vs colour).

Other times it can indicate that you are a technically inclined business, perhaps with a “.net” or a “.io” address. This one inparticularly is interesting, because the “.io” address is actually a country code that’s been adopted by the tech industry, because here in tech land IO means “input/output”.

More technically, there are several TLDs that indicate infrastructure domains, used to maintain the internet. These either function as “road signs” so to speak, pointing computers where they need to go, or perhaps hold essential data that helps in managing that traffic.

Your TLD is something to consider. Do you need to give off a certain look and feel with it? Do you need to show you’re an official organization of some kind? Do you want to be clever and make TLD complete the name?

In general, your TLD isn’t going to be an SEO impact. The impact from there is more to do with memorability, or ease of access for users who are manually typing the domain. But it is another aspect of your branding to consider.

Author:
AJ Caldwell

Snipping tool allows you to cut out only a specific portion of the screen, preserving privacy. It also allows you to open the screen shot in an app and draw/makes notes on it.

Short cut is WINKEY + Shift + S

Problem Steps Recorder, found by searching that in the Windows 10 search bar (brings up steps recorder) will record the actions you’re taking and put it inan easy to read web page you can just email to people so they can see how to reproduce what you’re doing, either to tutorialize something, or show a techhow a problem occurred.

Author:
AJ Caldwell

Sometimes, a website doesn’t look quite right. Sometimes,you know something should be there, but it isn’t.

Well, that’s probably because you’ve cached a old or bad version of the web page.

What’s a cache? It’s a version of the website that your device has saved locally. It does this so that you don’t waste resources when requesting web pages or elements that might be similar or the same when browsing the web. It makes stuff faster, in short.

It also means you stay logged in between browser sessions and pages to websites you’ve logged into.

But sometimes, the browser doesn’t discard out of date info correctly. Chrome is actually notorious for holding onto page versions that are weeks or more old at times.

So what do you do when this happens?

Well, you might get away with just refreshing the page, and if that doesn’t work, a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+shift+R or ctrl+shift + F5) can sometimes, force the page to load fresh.

But what do you do when those don’t work?

You manually empty your cache.

This differs between browsers, but since we’ve mentioned Chrome, we can work with it!

First, click the menu icon (the three vertical dots)

Then, select more tools.

And finally, Clear Browsing Data.